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      === Eastern Washington pulls off upset over No. 25 Oregon State ===
 
 Corvallis, OR (Sports Network) - After a back-and-forth contest which featured
 eight  lead changes,  Vernon Adams' two-yard rushing touchdown with 18 seconds
 remaining lifted the Eastern Washington Eagles to a 49-46 win over 25th-ranked
 Oregon State from Reser Stadium.
 
 After  Oregon State (0-1)  took a 46-43 lead late in the fourth, Adams led the
 Eagles  (1-0) on  an  11-play, 75-yard  drive, which  resulted  in his  second
 rushing  and  sixth total touchdown of  the game. The ensuing extra point snap
 was fumbled, leaving the door open for the Beavers to try and tie the score.
 
 OSU's  quarterback  Sean Mannion completed two  long passes to give his team a
 last-second  field goal  try, but Trevor Romaine's 52-yard attempt missed wide
 right,  and  the Eagles defeated  a Pac-12 team for  the first time in program
 history.
 
 "I  thought that  our team  fought  hard," said  Mannion. "Eastern  Washington
 outplayed  us. In  the first half we  had a couple three-and-outs and left our
 defense hanging. Our team fought really hard until the end, so if there is any
 positive, that's it."
 
 EWU  became the  first team from the Football Championship Subdivision to take
 down a ranked FBS opponent since James Madison beat Virginia Tech in September
 2010.
 
 Adams  torched  the OSU defense, tossing  411 yards and four touchdowns on 23-
 of-30  passing  while earning 107  yards and two  scores on the ground. Ashton
 Clark  reeled in  nine passes for 155  yards and a touchdown while Cooper Kupp
 caught five for 119 and two scores.
 
 "I  want to  get to the National  Championship this year," said Adams. "I just
 love my team and I'm so proud of this win."
 
 Eastern  Washington punted just once while manufacturing scoring drives of 49-
 plus yards eight times.
 
 Mannion had a  terrific game  as well in defeat,  completing 37-of-43  for 422
 yards and three touchdowns. Storm Woods ran for two scores on the ground while
 Brandin Cooks corralled 13 passes for 196 and two touchdowns.
 
 EWU  got off to a good start, taking the opening kickoff and marching 60 yards
 in 10 plays, resulting in a Kevin Miller field goal to take an early 3-0 lead.
 Jabari  Wilson carried three  times for 32 yards on the drive, including a 30-
 yard scamper down the right sideline.
 
 The  Beavers  responded quickly when Mannion  hooked up with Connor Hamlett in
 the end zone on play-action from a yard out. Mannion didn't miss a pass on the
 drive in five tries.
 
 Midway  through the first quarter, Adams went deep for Clark on 3rd-and-14 and
 found his senior receiver for a 49-yard pickup. Four plays later, Adams picked
 up  13 on a scramble down to the 4-yard line, but the Beavers defense held and
 forced another Miller three.
 
 Following an OSU three-and-out, Adams lofted a pass down the left sideline for
 Clark,  who  made the  catch in  rhythm inside the  3-yard line  and ran it in
 for a 24-yard touchdown, helping the Eagles reclaim the lead.
 
 Romaine's  33-yard field  goal brought Oregon State to within 13-10 with 10:23
 left until halftime, but once again the FCS school charged back down the field
 and scored a touchdown. Adams completed four straight passes for 77 yards, the
 fourth  of which went  to Kupp, who made a defender miss before scurrying into
 the end zone for his first career touchdown.
 
 Woods'  two-yard rushing score to bring the Beavers within three came one play
 after  Mannion found  Cooks for a 48-yard completion down to the two-yard line
 midway through the second period.
 
 Kupp's second touchdown reception, this time from 48 yards away, put EWU ahead
 26-17.  Miller's extra  point  try was  blocked, but  the  Eagles' kicker  got
 redemption  at the end  of the half, putting through a 36-yard field goal less
 than a minute before intermission.
 
 OSU  struck first  out of the locker  rooms on a seven-yard touchdown pass off
 play-action  from Mannion  to Cooks,  capping  a 10-play,  79-yard drive.  The
 Beavers then gained the lead on Woods' second touchdown plunge a series later.
 A  two-point conversation pass to Tyler Perry gave the home team a brief 32-29
 lead.
 
 The  see-saw  affair continued  with EWU  regaining the lead  on its very next
 possession.  Three  plays after a  3rd-and-4 completion to Clark, Adams called
 his own number, ran 19 yards and dove over the goal line.
 
 Early  in the fourth,  it was the Beavers' turn to cruise down the field for a
 score.  Mannion hit  four different receivers on consecutive throws to put OSU
 in  red zone.  After he missed Tyler  Anderson, Mannion laid it off for Cooks,
 who made a defender miss and sprinted into the end zone.
 
 Blair  Bomber's first-career touchdown catch came a play after EWU picked up a
 crucial  4th-and-2.  Facing fourth  down, Adams  rolled to  his left and found
 Clark  for  a short completion. The  Eagles snapped the ball quickly and Adams
 lofted  a pass  to Bomber,  who adjusted  and found  the ball  over his  right
 shoulder before outrunning the defense.
 
 With  4:50  remaining in  the game,  Terron Ward dodged  two EWU defenders and
 lowered his head at the goal line. Ward fell forward and over the line for his
 eighth career touchdown, which put the Beavers ahead 46-43.
 
 On the opening play of the ensuing possession, Adams danced around the pocket,
 temporarily  lost the  ball but  regathered himself  and threw  off-balance to
 Shaquille  Hill for  an impressive 23-yard completion, setting up Adams' late-
 game heroics later in the drive.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 EWU  became  the third  FCS team this  season to defeat  an FBS opponent after
 North  Dakota  State  upended  Kansas  State and  Towson  got  the  better  of
 Connecticut  ... This  was OSU's school record 13th consecutive week ranked in
 the  AP Top-25 ... 15 of the Eagles' first 26 plays went for 10-plus yards ...
 EWU outgained OSU, 625-527 ... Neither team committed a turnover.
 
 08/31 23:07:56 ET

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