Eastern Washington thumps North Dakota 35-14
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Vernon Adams threw for 307 yards and two touchdowns and the defense forced two crucial turnovers in the second half as Eastern Washington pulled away from North Dakota for a 35-14 win in a Big Sky Conference game Saturday.
The Eagles (4-2, 2-0 Big Sky) were leading 21-14 late in the third quarter when Ronnie Hamline intercepted Joe Mollberg’s pass and returned it 77 yards for a touchdown.
“I’m always joking with the coaches, that if I get a pick again, I’m going to try everything to score,” Hamlin said.
Said coach Beau Baldwin, “Whenever you can score on defense and create the turnovers we did, you give yourself a better chance to win.”
North Dakota (2-4, 1-2) responded with a long drive but receiver Jer Garmen lost a fumble at the EWU 10. Eastern then marched 90 yards, capped by Mario Brown’s 3-yard run to put the game away. Overall, UND had four turnovers.
Adams hit 22 of 30 passes and Ashton Clark had seven catches for 116 yards for EWU.
Mollberg threw for 355 yards but didn’t find the end zone. Jameer Jackson and Kenny Golladay combined for 19 catches and 235 yards.
At Central Wash. 27, Dixie State 24
Sean McDonald made a last-second 44-yard field goal as the Wildcats (4-2, 4-1 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) scored 24 points in the second half to edge the Storm (2-4, 2-3).
Jake Nelson threw for 193 yards, including 105 yards to Jesse Zalk, who made 14 catches. Central’s Jordan Todd rushed for 120 yards on 35 carries.
Dixie State’s Griff Robles was 23 of 43 for 362 yards and two TDs.
At Pacific Lutheran 42, Lewis & Clark 21
Niko Madison led the attack for 15th-ranked Pacific Lutheran (4-1, 1-1 Northwest Conference) with a career-best 188 rushing yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. He also caught five passes for 36 yards to go with Kyle Warner’s two scoring grabs and 146 receiving yards. Kelly Morgan broke a 48-yard touchdown run and finished with 49 yards and scores on each of his two carries.
Quarterback Dalton Ritchey was 20 of his 32 for 237 yards and three touchdowns.
At Pacific 56, Puget Sound 14
The Loggers (1-3, 0-2 NWC) couldn’t stop Pacific’s precision-passing attack.
Puget Sound fell behind 42-0 by halftime to the Boxers (5-0, 2-0). The Boxers used four quarterbacks and had little drop off, going a combined 23 of 26. P.J. Minaya was 9 of 10 for 101 yards and three touchdowns, T.C. Campbell was 7 of 7 for 137 yards and two scores. Seth Siddle-Mitchell was 3 of 5 and Warner Shaw was 4 for 4.
Puget Sound’s Braden Foley threw two touchdowns but was intercepted three times.