Eastern Wash­ing­ton stops UC Davis in FCS show­down

The News Tribune - - Sports - As­so­ci­ated Press

CHENEY, WASH.

An­toine Custer, Sam McPher­son and Ta­mar­ick Pierce each ran for two touch­downs and Eastern Wash­ing­ton rolled to a 59-20 win over UC Davis on Satur­day in a Big Sky Con­fer­ence show­down and matchup of Top 10 FCS teams.

The Ea­gles (8-2, 6-1) were down 10-0 mid­way through the first quar­ter when they went on a 21-0 run while hold­ing the pro­lific Ag­gies (8-2, 6-1) to 78 yards on 25 plays. Custer scored on a 1-yard run, McPher­son and Pierce on 3-yard runs to cap drives rang­ing from 73 to 83 yards.

When it was over, East- ern Wash­ing­ton had 669 yards, the sixth-most in school his­tory, with 372 on the ground. Custer had 100, McPher­son 95 and Pierce 75. Eric Bar­riere, who was 16 for 30 for 285 yards and a late touch­down, added 60 yards on the ground. Tren­ton Har­ris caught his first touch­down pass in the fi­nal minute.

Davis, ranked sev­enth in the FCS coaches poll, closed within 21-17 when Tehran Thomas scored on a 69-yard run in the last minute of the first half but the third-ranked Ea­gles turned the game into a rout when Nzuzi Web­ster re­turned an in­ter­cep­tion 45-yards for a touch­down early in the third quar­ter. Nsimba Web­ster led the Ea­gles with 103 yards on just three catches.

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