Eastern Washington upsets Oregon State, continues rise of the FCS in Week 1
Oregon State gave up 23 points in the second quarter and trailed 29-17 at the break, but bounced back to take a 32-29 lead in the third. Eastern Washington, however, would not go away. The teams traded leads six times over the game's final 20 minutes, with the Beavers going up 46-43 on junior running back Terron Ward's four-yard touchdown run with fewer than five minutes remaining. But with just 18 seconds left, Eagles quarterback Vernon Adams raced two yards for the winning touchdown.
Oregon State's Sean Mannion was surprisingly good (and accurate) under center, completing 37-of-43 for 422 yards and three scores. But he was outdone by an all-world effort from Eastern Washington's Adams, a sophomore who threw for 411 yards, ran for 107 more and accounted for six touchdowns. There is absolutely no excuse for a Pac-12 team to give up 625 total yards to any opponent -- whether it went to the the FCS semifinals last year or not.
It was an incredible performance by the Eagles, and another indication that the rise of the FCS is for real. Eastern Washington's blood field -- though it didn't host this game -- has its first sacrifice of the season:
As Eastern Washington nears an upset, it's important to highlight their home field. Smurf turf take notice. pic.twitter.com/Qq291SG8h6 — Jeff Beamish (@jeffbeamish) September 1, 2013