CHENEY, Wash. (AP) – Talolo Limu-Jones hit career highs with 11 receptions for 231 yards before leaving with an apparent ankle injury, Eric Barriere throwing for 422 yards and two touchdowns to Andrew Boston as the East Washington defeated Montana 34-28 on Saturday night in a clash between two of the FCS’s top teams.
Eastern Washington (5-0, 2-0 Big Sky), ranked No.6 in the FCS coaching poll, scored 21 straight points in the fourth quarter to take a 31-21 lead. Barriere hit Boston for a 9-yard touchdown to top a 13-game record in the second game of the period. After fourth in the standings Montana lost three goals, Barriere hit Limu-Jones down the middle for a 58-yard gain and on the next play Micah Smith scored on a 2-yard run before Barriere raced in. converting 2 points to give the Eagles the edge for good.
Dennis Merritt capped a five-play, 80-yard run with a 1-yard score to make it 31-21 with 9:42 remaining, but Malik Flowers came back on the kickoff which followed 99 yards for a touchdown. to shoot Grizzlies within three. Flowers has five career kicking returns for touchdowns, a conference record – one less than the FCS mark.
Jackson Cleaver of Eastern Washington kicked off a 30-yard field goal with 1:21 left to top the scoring.
Montana (3-1, 1-1) led to EWU 13 before a throw into the end zone as the time elapsed became incomplete.
It was the 19th time that the teams faced each other as ranked opponents.