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SPORTS SECTION 2 CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, September 10, 201513 continued from page 1 week loss to Pac-12 pow- er Oregon, then maybe 15,000 indoors will not either. EWU play-by-play broadcaster Larry Weir remembers there being no place for the noise to go inside the 40-year-old dome. "We know that play- ing at their home stadium and their home environ- ment will be difficult;" Eastern head coach Beau Baldwin said. "You really have to pack your lunch pail and know that they truly take their game to another level when they are in that dome." Eastern will look for its first victory in six games in the series, with all of the previous five match- ups taking place in Cedar Falls, located two hours northeast of Des Moines. The first meeting came in the 1985 FCS playoffs when the Eagles lost 17- 14, a score matched seven years later in the playoffs in 1992. The Panthers also triumphed 41-38 in the FCS Playoffs in 2005 - the last time the two schools met. Eastern also fell in the runc continued from page 1 football, came in Lincoln where freshman back- up quarterback Tanner Mangum might have finally usurped Doug Flutie for football fin- ishes. Mangum, playing his first game in over two years after missionary work, heaved a 42-yard touchdown pass on the final play of the game to hand Nebraska its first home loss since 1985, a 33-28 stunner in Mike Riley's Cornhusker coaching debut. It was a huge day for the Big Sky Conference as two schools, North Dakota and Portland State - programs picked in preseason polls to fin- ish in the bottom of the league - each scored big, perhaps huge, victo- ries over Football Bowl Subdivision schools. UND traveled to Laramie and ruined the day for Wyoming, going home with a 24-13 win. They earned their first- ever victory over an FBS program, perhaps made even sweeter as it came against former North Dakota State coach Craig Bohl. And then there was Portland State. The Vi- kings were supposed to grab their check, and the customary whip- ping that is supposed to come with it - like they received in 2014 with a 59-21 loss to Washington State. But PSU emerged from Pullman with, per- UNI Dome in regular season games in 1989, 47-21 and 1994 by a 27-17 count. The schools will play the second game in this home-and-home series Sept. 17, 2016 at Roos Field. Eastern faces a Pan- ther team that also faced a Football Bowl Subdivi- sion foe in Iowa State in Ames where the Cyclones erased a 7-0 deficit and scored the game's final points in a 31-7 victory. UNI's lone touchdown came on a 19-yard catch from Savon Huggins. Northern Iowachalked up 302 total yards versus ISU's 310 with 176 com- ing through the air and the arm of quarterback Aaron Bailey, who also rushed for a team-leading 85 yards. Darrian Miller led the, team in receiving yards with 58. Eastern's offense was in high-gear against last year's runner-up team in the FBS title game to Ohio State. EWU finished with ing the game in the third quarter with a leg cramp. In the first half alone, West was 22 of 29 for 277 yards. Reilly Hennessey passed for 145 yards and a pair of scores in relief of West. Cooper Kupp finished with a career high of 15 catches for 246 yards - both Autzen Stadium records. The junior wide receiver had three touch- down receptions to give him 40 in his career, just six behind the Big Sky Conference and EWU records. Saturday's contest is the Panthers' only home game until mid-October, and after their meeting with the Eagles they hit the road for what could be a brutal run of games at Cal Poly (Sept. 19) and then meet Missouri Val- ley Conference heavy- weights -- and the 2014 FCS championship op- ponents - Illinois State (Oct. 3) and North Dakota State (Oct. 10). Last season, UNI had Photo by Harlan Shellabarger Eastern Washington's Jabari Wilson scored a third-q uarter touchdown that brought the Eagles to within 16 points at 51-35, but Oregon answered back on its next two possessions to put the game out of reach. Kupp shares Big Sky offensive player award 438 yards of passing of- fense and 549 total. Junior quarterback Jordan West passed for 293 yards and three touchdowns before leav- the distinction of beating those two teams on its way to a record of 9-5. Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@cheneyfreepress. FROM NEWS SERVICE REPORTS If there's a better re- ceiver at any level of college football, Cooper Kupp's coach would like to see him. The sensational East- on a dreary, rainy day at Martin Stadium. It was that darned "liquid sunshine" some of the Cougar players said was part of the problem. The result has people wondering just what the $2.75 million a year salary head coach Mike Leach receives and the $1Zll million Wazzu has spent on football-related construction buys as he now has a 12-25 record a game into season four. While focus might have been diverted throughout the day, it returned to Eugene later in the afternoon where the eight-month drama finally played out with former Eastern Wash- ington quarterback Ver- non Adams' debut with the Oregon Ducks. When other FCS teams generally just show up for a payday as they venture into hostile FBS stadiums, Eastern heads in with the mind- set that along the way to the pay window they just might win. They did the last time they ventured into the Wil- lamette Valley in 2013 shocking Oregon State 49-46. Well over a 30-point underdog in the eyes of the odds-makers, the Eagles had a slow start. It was similar to last year at Husky Stadium where they trailed 21-0 at one point to Washington, and lead briefly before falling 59-52. 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