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Eastern Washington loses at Sam Houston State, 49-34
HUNTSVILLE, Texas — Timothy Flanders rushed for 280 yards and two touchdowns, reaching 5,000 yards for his career, to lead Sam Houston State to a 49-34 victory over Eastern Washington on Saturday.
The only thing that slowed Flanders was a rainstorm that delayed the start of the showdown between two top five FCS teams for more than an hour.
The teams combined for 1,052 yards after piling up 1,026 last year when Sam Houston (4-1) beat the Eagles (2-2) 45-42 in the FCS semifinals.
Sam Houston had 450 yards on the ground, with Richard Sincere adding 98, including a 51-yard score on the third play of the game. Brian Bell threw for two touchdowns to Torrance Williams and ran for a third.
Vernon Adams threw for 355 yards and touchdowns covering 33, 59 and 62 yards for Eastern Washington. However, DeAntrey Loche returned an interception 42 yards for a touchdown for Sam Houston State.
“They did a good job – they have a very good offense,” said EWU coach Beau Baldwin.
Pacific Lutheran 21, at Wis.-Eau Claire 19
The Pacific Lutheran offense struck early and the defense held late as the 10th-ranked Lutes edged the Blugolds in Eau Claire, Wis.
“We knew we were in for a big, big challenge today,” Lutes coach Scott Westering said. “That’s where your character grows, in these opportunities. We’ve had this in our first three games, and that’s what’s so great setting us up for our tough conference that’s ahead for us is the battles that we have faced.”
For the Lutes (3-0), quarterback Dalton Ritchey was 20 of 31 for 164 yards and a touchdown. Ritchey also ran for 59 yards on 11 carries. Niko Madison had 11 carries for 93 yards and a touchdown, and Kelly Morgan also ran for a score. Kyle Warner had eight catches for 68 yards and a TD.
Central Washington 7, at Azusa Pacific 3
Adam Schechter caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from Jake Nelson, and the Wildcats (2-2) held off the Cougars (2-2).
Central’s Jordan Todd rushed for 189 yards on 37 carries.
At Chapman 38, Whitworth 17
Michael Lahey threw for three TDs and rushed for another for the Panthers (2-0).
DJ Tripoli scored on a 74-yard pass reception and 2-yard run for the Pirates (2-2).