Top-ranked Eastern Washington squeaks past Sacramento State
Vernon Adams and Kyle Padron combined for 342 yards passing and three touchdowns, leading top-ranked Eastern Washington to a 31-28 victory...
CHENEY — Vernon Adams and Kyle Padron combined for 342 yards passing and three touchdowns, leading top-ranked Eastern Washington to a 31-28 victory over Sacramento State on Saturday night.
Coach Beau Baldwin wanted to play both quarterbacks, and each delivered. Adams was 17 of 21 for 169 yards and two TDs for the Eagles (6-1, 5-0 Big Sky). Padron finished up, going 9 for 16 for 173 yards, including a 52-yard TD pass to Brandon Kaufman that put Eastern Washington up 31-21 with 11:22 left in the game.
"Our guys do such a good job of responding," Baldwin said. "Things are not always going to be perfect, but we are always finding ways to respond. I can't think of one moment right now in this one (when the tide turned). We thankfully made enough plays to win."
Kaufman had six catches for 102 yards, while Greg Herd caught nine passes for 109 yards and two TDs.
Sacramento State (5-3, 3-2) was outgained 454-288 in total yards, but stayed close by going 8 for 14 on third-down conversions. The Hornets pulled to 31-28 on a 6-yard pass from Mason Magleby to T.J. Knowles with 3:05 remaining, but didn't get the ball back until there was 21 seconds remaining.