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.