Portland State 41

(6-6, 3-5 Big Sky)

E Washington 42

(10-2, 8-0 Big Sky)

5:45 PM ET, November 23, 2013

Roos Field, Cheney, WA

1 2 3 4 T
PRST 7 14 0 2041
EWU 7 0 14 2142

Top Performers

Passing: V. Adams Jr. (ORE) - 457 YDS, 5 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: D. Adams (PRST) - 28 CAR, 144 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: K. Closs (PRST) - 11 REC, 191 YDS, 3 TD

E. Washington tops Portland St. 42-41 in wild game

Associated Press

CHENEY, Wash. -- Vernon Adams' fifth touchdown pass, with 31 seconds to play, lifted Eastern Washington to a wild 42-41 win over Portland State Saturday night.

The Vikings (6-6, 3-5 Big Sky) had taken the lead on a Collin Ramirez pass to Victor Dean with a minute left but Marcus Kinsella missed the extra point.

Adams then took the Eagles 74 yards in four plays, hitting Cooper Kupp for a 15-yard touchdown. Kevin Miller kicked the extra point.

Adams and the Eagles (10-2, 8-0) set a host of records in becoming the first team other than Montana to win an outright Big Sky title since EWU's 1997 title. They are also the first team other than Montana to go unbeaten in league play since Nevada in 1991.

EWU scored the first TD but never led again until the final point. After Quincy Forte's 3-yard run, Kieran McDonagh countered with a 2-yard TD to tie the game with 10 seconds left in the first quarter.

Kasey Closs had 4 and 3 yard scoring receptions from McDonagh in the second quarter and Eastern trailed at the half for only the third time this season. Those deficits came in their losses -- Sam Houston State and Toledo.

Forte scored his second TD early in the third quarter and late in the third Adams hit Ashton Clark from 17-yards out to tie the game at 21.

Closs picked up his third TD on a 13-yard strike from Collin Ramirez early in the fourth quarter but then Kupp tied it with an 18-yard reception. It gave him a touchdown in all 12 games this season, a FCS record, erasing Randy Moss (Marshall, 1996) and Ramses Barden (Cal Poly, 2008) from the record book.

D.J. Adams put PSU up again, at the 5:53 mark, with a 10-yard run but Forte tied it at 1:44 when he turned a swing pass into a 13-yard score, his third.

The final four touchdowns drives, two by each team, took a total of 17 plays, covered 258 yards and took 2-minutes, 37-seconds.

Portland State finished with 603 yards and EWU 528.

Ramirez and McDonagh combined for 351 yards and each had two scoring passes and an interception. Thomas Carter also hit 2 of 3 passes for 59 yards. Adams ran for 144 yards on 28 carries. Closs finished with 10 receptions for 155 yards and Dean had five catches for 124. However, the Vikings had three turnovers.

Adams finished 34 of 56 for 457 yards and was picked off twice. Kupp had nine receptions for 142 yards, pushing his freshman FCS record to 1,378 yards. The Eagles also lost two fumbles.

Adams set the conference record for TD passes, his 46 surpassing the 42 of Montana's Brian Ah Yat in 1995. He now has the school record for passing yards (4,059), passing Bo Levi Mitchell (4,009 in 2011) and total offense (4,550), moving by Eric Meyer (4,224 in 2005).


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs3030
Total Yards603528
3rd Down Conversions8-196-16
4th Down Conversions2-20-1

Passing Leaders

Eastern WashingtonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT

Rushing Leaders

Eastern WashingtonCARYDSAVGTDLG

Receiving Leaders

Eastern WashingtonRECYDSAVGTDLG

Scoring Summary

TD08:14Quincy Forte 3 Yd Pass From Vernon Adams (Kevin Miller Kick) 07
TD00:10Kieran McDonagh 2 Yd Run (Marcus Kinsella Kick) 77
TD05:56Kasey Closs 4 Yd Pass From Kieran McDonagh (Marcus Kinsella Kick) 147
TD00:14Kasey Closs 3 Yd Pass From Kieran McDonagh (Marcus Kinsella Kick) 217
TD11:34Quincy Forte 3 Yd Run (Kevin Miller Kick) 2114
TD02:26Ashton Clark 17 Yd Pass From Vernon Adams (Kevin Miller Kick) 2121
TD13:56Kasey Closs 13 Yd Pass From Collin Ramirez (Marcus Kinsella Kick) 2821
TD09:16Cooper Kupp 18 Yd Pass From Vernon Adams (Kevin Miller Kick) 2828
TD05:43DJ Adams 10 Yd Run (Marcus Kinsella Kick) 3528
TD01:44Quincy Forte 13 Yd Pass From Vernon Adams (Kevin Miller Kick) 3535
TD01:00Victor Dean 29 Yd Pass From Collin Ramirez (Pat Failed) 4135
TD00:31Cooper Kupp 15 Yd Pass From Vernon Adams (Kevin Miller Kick) 4142