CHENEY, Wash. (AP) -- Matt Nichols passed for one touchdown and ran for another as Eastern Washington won for the first time at home, capping the season with a 40-6 Big Sky Conference victory over Idaho State on Saturday.
It was a season high for points for the Eagles (3-8, 3-5 Big Sky), who broke a three-game losing streak. The Bengals (2-8, 1-6) lost their fifth game in a row.
The Eagles held the Bengals to eight yards in the first quarter while building a 9-0 lead, the first time this season that Idaho State has trailed after the opening period.
Nichols, who had 94 yards passing and 66 yards rushing on a muddy field, opened the scoring by connecting with Nicholas Ramos on a 28-yard TD pass with 3:39 gone. The touchdown was set up by an ISU fumble on the game's opening possession.
The Eagles, who picked off two Bengals passes and forced two fumbles, pushed the lead to 9-0 after sacking Idaho State quarterback Matt Gutierrez in the end zone with 3:57 left in the opening quarter for a safety.
Eastern Washington put together a 10-play, 58-yard drive to go ahead 16-0 midway through the second quarter, which was capped by Alexis Alexander's 1-yard TD plunge. Ryan Cole, who finished with 80 yards rushing, had a 32-yard run on the drive.
Idaho State pulled to within 16-6 on a 20-yard scoring pass from Gutierrez to Akilah Lacey just before halftime.
But the Eagles put the game away in the third quarter, scoring 17 unanswered points while limiting the Bengals to just six yards. Ramos, a 5-foot-7, 155-pound freshman receiver, scored his second TD on a 20-yard reverse.
Eastern Washington kicker Brett Bergstrom followed with a 28-yard field goal early in the third quarter, tying the school's record for most field goals (15) in a season.
Idaho State's Josh Barnett, the conference's leading rusher, was held to 41 yards, leaving him at 997 for the season with one game remaining.