Eagles hold off Portland State
Two teams, perhaps both out of the national playoff picture, battled to the final minute their customary rivalry game.
Portland State tried to rally from a three-score deficit but came up short 53-46 to Eastern Washington on Saturday at Cheney, Wash.
The Vikings, who ended the season on a four-game losing streak, finished 5-7 overall. They were 3-5 in the Big Sky.
Eastern Washington improved to 7-5, 6-2, and the school that was second in the nation a year ago has to now hope to be invited into the FCS field as possibly a fifth team from the Big Sky, most likely behind Weber State, Sacramento State, Montana State and Montana.
The Eagles have won four games in a row, and own a four-game win streak over Portland State.
PSU quarterback Davis Alexander passed for 319 yards and four touchdowns, completing 23 of 39. He also gained 53 yards rushing on nine attempts.
The Eagles' QB, Eric Barriere, was 12 of 29 passing for 260 yards and three touchdowns. He ran 12 times for 23 yards and a TD.
Eastern Washington led 30-17 at the half and 45-25 after three quarters.
Portland State got close with touchdowns at the 6:14 and 2:14 marks of the fourth quarter, but EWU recovered on onside kick and ran out the clock.
Portland State wound up with 560 yards total offense, one more than Eastern Washington.
Davis Koetter led PSU in receptions with seven, for 92 yards and two touchdowns. Emmanuel Daigbe and Mataio Talalemotu each caught four passes and had a TD, Daigbe getting 109 yards in the air and Talalemotu 52.
Jobadiah Malary led Portland State in rushing with 93 yards on 12 carries, with one touchdown.
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