Scores

Final

N Arizona 13

(6-5, 4-4 Big Sky)

E Washington 28

(5-5, 4-3 Big Sky)

5:05 PM ET, November 15, 2008

Roos Field, Cheney, WA

1 2 3 4 T
NAU 3 10 0 013
EWU 0 7 14 728

Top Performers

Passing: M. Nichols (EWU) - 346 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: D. Williams (NAU) - 15 CAR, 34 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: A. Boyce (EWU) - 5 REC, 157 YDS

E. Washington 28, N. Arizona 13

Associated Press

CHENEY, Wash. -- Matt Nichols threw for 346 yards and two touchdowns as Eastern Washington overcame an early deficit to beat Northern Arizona 28-13 on Saturday.

Nichols finished 25-of-42 for the Eagles (5-5 overall, 4-3 Big Sky).

Despite Michael Herrick's 283 yards passing, the Lumberjacks lost their fourth straight game and finished the season 6-5 and 4-4.

Behind a stifling defense that held Northern Arizona to minus-2 yards rushing, Eastern Washington erased a 13-0 first-half deficit with 28 unanswered points.

After a Northern Arizona fumble deep in its own territory, Nichols' 5-yard scoring toss to Tony Davis gave the Eagles their first lead, 14-13, with 8:26 left in the third quarter.

Three minutes later, Nichols and Shane Hoffman connected on a 35-yard TD strike and a 21-13 edge.

In a third quarter that saw Eastern Washington outgain Northern Arizona 157-42, Nichols completed 10-of-16 for 146 yards.

A.J. Jimerson's 2-yard scoring plunge with 5:13 left in the game sealed the win.

The Lumberjacks controlled the game early behind the passing of Herrick, who was 21-of-28 for 182 yards in the first half. The sophomore quarterback finished 34-of-47. His favorite target, Ed Berry, finished with nine catches for 137 yards.

For Eastern Washington, Aaron Boyce caught five passes for 157 yards and Tony Davis had seven catches for 59 yards. Greg Peach had two sacks for the Eagles, moving into second place all-time in the Big Sky with 18 this season.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NAU
EWU
1st Downs1716
Total Yards281437
Passing283346
Rushing-291
Penalties8-676-69
3rd Down Conversions5-178-15
4th Down Conversions1-10-2
Turnovers24
Possession33:0525:13

Passing Leaders

Northern ArizonaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Herrick34/472836.001
Eastern WashingtonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Nichols25/423468.222

Rushing Leaders

Northern ArizonaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams15342.3112
Henderson991.007
Eastern WashingtonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Nichols3299.7026
Jimerson6203.318

Receiving Leaders

Northern ArizonaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Berry913715.2035
Meadows9505.6012
Eastern WashingtonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Boyce515731.4053
Hoffman47518.8135

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNAUEWU
FG08:38Robbie Dehaze 27 Yd 30
SECOND QUARTERNAUEWU
FG12:37Robbie Dehaze 43 Yd 60
TD06:03Deonte Williams 1 Yd Run (Robbie Dehaze Kick) 130
TD05:05Dale Morris 2 Yd Run (Felipe Macias Kick) 137
THIRD QUARTERNAUEWU
TD08:26Tony Davis 5 Yd Pass From Matt Nichols (Felipe Macias Kick) 1314
TD05:14Shane Hoffman 35 Yd Pass From Matt Nichols (Felipe Macias Kick) 1321
FOURTH QUARTERNAUEWU
TD01:37A.J. Jimerson 2 Yd Run (Felipe Macias Kick) 1328