Eastern reaches FCS quarterfinals with win over Wagner
Kyle Padron threw for 327 yards and Demitrius Bronson rushed for two touchdowns as Eastern Washington beat Wagner 29-19 in the second round...
CHENEY — Kyle Padron threw for 327 yards and Demitrius Bronson rushed for two touchdowns as Eastern Washington beat Wagner 29-19 in the second round of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs on Saturday.
Brandon Kaufman had 10 catches for 174 yards for the Eagles (10-2), who will host Illinois State in a quarterfinal game at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Wagner (9-4), which saw its nine-game winning streak snapped, got 60 yards rushing and a touchdown from Dominique Williams. But the Seahawks had to settle for field goals from David Lopez on four other scoring drives, and a fifth resulted in a blocked field-goal attempt.
Padron, making his first start since Sept. 8, completed 26 of 36 passes, including a 21-yard scoring toss to Ryan Seto in the first quarter. Kaufman's 1,432 receiving yards are just 21 short of Eastern Washington's season record.
Trailing 19-14 late in the third quarter, Padron hit Kaufman on a 47-yard pass that set up Quincy Forte's 3-yard scoring run. Padron and Kaufman connected on a two-point conversion to give the Eagles a 22-19 lead.
Bronson's 2-yard run capped the scoring.