CHENEY, Wash. -- Upstart Western Washington tied the score twice before stalling as Eastern Washington quarterback Matt Nichols completed 18 of 24 passes for 281 yards and three touchdowns in a 52-31 victory Saturday night.
Adam Perry completed 24 of 37 passes for 349 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions and ran for two TDs for NCAA Division II Western.
The Eagles entered the game ranked 16 in NCAA Division I-Football Championship Subdivision.
The Vikings trailed 24-7 midway through the second quarter but tied the game on a field goal and 79-yard touchdown drive before intermission and an 80-yard scoring drive of the third period. The score was tied 31-31 with 13 minutes to play.
After forcing a punt, the Eagles raced for 70 yards in five plays to go ahead for good on Nichols' 10-yard scoring toss to Aaron Boyce. Running back Tyler Hart scored on runs of 3 yards and 30 yards on Eastern's next two possessions. He ran for 69 yards on five carries.
Wide receiver Travis McKee had 10 receptions for 152 yards for the Vikings, and running back Randall Eldridge added 104 yards on 23 carries.