October 17, 2010

The Great Escape II

Thank god for that awesome running back Taiwan Jones. Can't wait for the statue of him to be set up right next to the one of Rodney Stuckey. Perhaps we could also get a Michael Roos statue since he has the freakin' field named after him. Anyways, it was a big trap game for the Eagles yesterday against Northern Colorado (better known as the Cleveland Browns of the Big Sky) and EWU escaped with the win and tied for the lead in the Big Sky Conference.

Here's EWU sports information director Dave Cook with the lead...

A week after struggling to a 21-14 home win over Northern Arizona, 12th-ranked Eastern Washington University scored twice in the final 3:08 for a 35-28 victory over Northern Colorado Saturday (Oct. 16) in a Big Sky Conference football game at Nottingham Field in Greeley, Colo.

Eastern knotted the score at 28 with 3:08 left in the game with a 12-play, 80-yard drive, then scored again with 41 seconds left on a 24-yard run by Taiwan Jones, who finished with 168 yards rushing and three scores. That came after a sack by Colorado native Jerry Ceja that was recovered by senior Tyler Jolley and returned to the UNC 39-yard line.

The win is big for the Eags since Montana State lost yesterday 34-7, opening up the door for an all-out cage match for the conference championship.  The Bobcats have played one less conference game so naturally they dropped to second place. UM and EWU are in first after the Griz eeked out a win over Portland State. Here's what it looks like in the standings...

EWU has a tough game ahead next week in Sac State (They're no push over) and then they'll travel to Portland for a game against the Vikings at Hillboro Stadium. They gave the Griz a run for their money so I can only imagine they could do the same against Eastern. This is actually going to be put all squarely on the shoulders of head coach Beau Baldwin. He's got the team in the first place position and now he's going to have to keep them focused and ready to round out the Big Sky schedule. They aren't the top teams, but if UNC gave EWU a scare, anyone can.

It's going to be a fun next four weeks.

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