Vernon Adams throws 6 TDs for Eastern in 42-37 victory over Montana
Vernon Adams threw six touchdown passes to lead Eastern Washington to a 42-37 victory over Montana in a Big Sky Conference showdown Saturday in Missoula, Mont.
Adams threw for 457 yards and tied his own school record for touchdown passes in a game.
Eastern Washington (6-2, 4-0 Big Sky) opened a 28-17 halftime lead on Adams’ passes of 19 and 34 yards to Cooper Kupp, 4 yards to Ashton Clark and 86 yards to Shaquille Hill.
Montana (6-2, 3-2) got first-half touchdowns on a 24-yard Jordan Canada run and a 42-yard pass from Jordan Johnson to Ellis Henderson.
Adams continued his hot hand in the second half with a 52-yard scoring toss to Clark and a 9-yard touchdown pass to Mario Brown to put the Eagles up 42-17 at the end of the third quarter.
Pacific Lutheran 35, at Willamette 24
Dalton Ritchey accounted for four touchdowns and the Pacific Lutheran defense intercepted five passes as the 17th-ranked Lutes (6-1, 3-1 Northwest) knocked off No. 21 Willamette (5-1, 2-1).
Ritchey set career highs in rush attempts and yards, carrying the ball 22 times for 158 yards and three touchdowns. The PLU quarterback also threw for 196 yards and one score to total 354 yards. Niko Madison had 73 yards rushing and a touchdown to go with 41 receiving yards and another score.
Azusa Pacific 24, at C. Washington 17
The Cougars (6-2) scored first-half touchdowns on a kick return and interception before pulling away from the Wildcats (5-3) late to take sole possession of first place in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.
Azusa Pacific pushed its lead to 24-10 in the fourth before the Wildcats made it a one-possession game when Jordin Kinnue caught a 9-yard TD pass from Jake Nelson with 3:09 remaining. Central Washington then recovered an onside kick with a chance to tie the score in the waning minutes, but the Cougar defense forced a turnover.
Whitworth 33, at Puget Sound 14
Bryan Peterson threw for 284 yards and scored two touchdowns to help Whitworth snap a five-game losing streak.
Whitworth (3-5, 1-3 Northwest Conference) earned its 18th consecutive victory over the Loggers (1-5, 0-3).
Peterson, who missed last week’s game because of a shoulder injury, completed 20 of 32 passes with one touchdown and no interceptions. He also rushed for a TD.
For the Loggers, Braden Foley was 24 of 39 for 213 yards with one touchdown. He also ran for a 17-yard touchdown, but was intercepted four times and sacked six times for 34 yards.