Scores

Final

Montana State 24

(4-3, 2-2 Big Sky)

E Washington 35

(5-3, 4-2 Big Sky)

4:05 PM ET, October 24, 2009

Roos Field, Cheney, WA

1 2 3 4 T
MTST 0 12 6 624
EWU 0 14 0 2135

Top Performers

Passing: M. Nichols (EWU) - 327 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: C. Palmer (MTST) - 26 CAR, 134 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: T. Jones (EWU) - 6 REC, 149 YDS, 2 TD

E. Washington 35, Montana St. 24

Associated Press

CHENEY, Wash. -- Matt Nichols threw for 327 yards and four touchdowns, lifting Eastern Washington to a 35-24 victory Saturday over Montana State, which was down eight players because of the flu.

Nichols threw two scoring passes to Nathan Overbay in the first half and two more to Taiwan Jones in the second as the Eagles (5-3, 4-2 Big Sky) took advantage of a depleted Bobcat team.

Among the missing from Montana State (4-3, 2-2) were six starters and two top kickers, Jason Cunningham and Eric Fisher.

Still, the Bobcats went into the fourth quarter leading 24-14, but they could not hold on as Nichols and Jones connected on scoring tosses of 20 and 38 yards. Tyler Hart finished off Montana State with a 4-yard TD run with 1:49 left.

C.J. Palmer rushed for 134 yards and a touchdown and Cody Kempt threw a pair of TD passes for Montana State.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MTST
EWU
1st Downs2720
Total Yards592394
Passing400327
Rushing19267
Penalties4-353-25
3rd Down Conversions7-183-12
4th Down Conversions2-51-2
Turnovers30
Possession35:0324:57

Passing Leaders

Montana StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Kempt20/373208.621
Eastern WashingtonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Nichols26/413278.040

Rushing Leaders

Montana StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Palmer261345.2131
Gilbert33712.3026
Eastern WashingtonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jones12554.6010
Hart6111.815

Receiving Leaders

Montana StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Gilbert510521.0160
Schreibeis68714.5023
Eastern WashingtonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jones614924.8253
Overbay56012.0216

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERMTSTEWU
TD09:00Blayde Becksted 4 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 60
TD00:53Nathan Overbay 16 Yd Pass From Matt Nichols (Mike Jarrett Kick) 67
TD00:32Nathan Overbay 15 Yd Pass From Matt Nichols (Mike Jarrett Kick) 614
TD00:18Everett Gilbert 60 Yd Pass From Cody Kempt (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed) 1214
THIRD QUARTERMTSTEWU
TD06:20Elvis Akpla 12 Yd Pass From Cody Kempt (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed) 1814
FOURTH QUARTERMTSTEWU
TD14:04C.J. Palmer 1 Yd Run (Pat Blocked) 2414
TD12:20Taiwan Jones 20 Yd Pass From Matt Nichols (Mike Jarrett Kick) 2421
TD10:12Taiwan Jones 38 Yd Pass From Matt Nichols (Mike Jarrett Kick) 2428
TD01:49Tyler Hart 4 Yd Run (Mike Jarrett Kick) 2435