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Thursday, November 22, 2012 Free Press Section 2 Page 1 No. 2-seeded Eastern round playoff bye e,~A-7,, "I'm extremely happy," Eastern head and two weeks ~ ~coach Beau Baldwin said. "The level of will host games at Roos off to prepare for ~ ~!teams that the selection co.n'u~u.,.;ttey has to as long as Eagles win a Dec. 1 meeting ~. ~- sort through is a tough job. Itsalwaysa with the winner ~ ~itough decision and it is every year. of the Staten Is- ~ ~i Tickets went on sale Nov. 19 and cost By PAUL DELANEY land-based Wag- ~$20 for premium seating in sections C Staff Reporter net versus Colgate play-in game that and D, $15 for sections A/B/E and F, $15 Cheney has transcontinental rail- takes place Saturday in Hamilton, for end zone and $10 for east side seating roads that pass through it, andapretty N.Y. Kickoff is set for 3:05 p.m. at (behind visitor bench). Tickets may be busy state highway too. Roos Field. purchased via ticketswest.com or 1-800- Now, as of Sunday morning's With a 41-34 win at rainy Port- 325-SEAT. Football Championship Subdivision land 'State last Saturday, Cal Poly's Currentseasonticketholdershaveuntil selection show, the road to Frisco, 42-34 win over Northern Arizona in Monday, Nov. 26 at 5 p.m. to call EWU at Texas and the January 5 champion- Flagstaff, and the Eagles' earlier 27- 509-359-6059 to purchase their existing ship game also leads through town as 24 win in Bozeman, Eastern earned seats, at wtiich time those will be released Eastern Washington earned the No. 2 the automatic berth in the upcoming to the general public. An announcement playoff seed. Football Championship Subdivision regarding availability of tickets for EWU That means the Eagles get a first- playoffs as the Big Sky's top finisher, students will be forthcoming. Defending FCS champion North Dakota State is the No. 1 seed, Montana State No. 3 with Old Dominion and Georgia Southern rounding out seeded teams. The top five teams are guaranteed home games as long as they are the higher- seeded team in their match-up and have met NCAA guidelines to host. "That was a good bracket show," Eastern athletics director Bill Chaves said Monday morning. Chaves was not at all disappointed be- cause he thought Eastern's "resume" as he called it was solid. "Honestly, I truly thought going in we would get either a two, three or four," Chaves said. "Based on the resumes I thought the (selection) See FCS football page 3 Wagner and Colgate? Who are these guys? By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Contributed photo by David Schmidt Eastern's Nicholas Edwards beats Portland State's Michael Williams (25) for the first of two touchdowns he scored Satur- day. The Eagles' 41-35 victory earned them a No. 2 seed in the upcoming FCS playoffs and home field advantage. 41-34 victory over Vikings earns Eagles home playoff game By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter Home for the holidays. That's where the Eastem Eagles will be as long as they keep winning football games. After twice rallying from double- digit deficits, Eastern (7-1, Big Sky, 9-2) took the lead for good in what has be- come typical dramatic fashion to score a 41-34 Big Sky Conference victory over Portland State (2-6, 3-8) last Saturday at soggy Jeld-Wen Field. Quarterback Kyle Padron directed the winning eight-play, 94-yard drive to break a 34-34 tie with 1:25 to play, scoring on a 1-yard run. Padron was 5-of-5 for 73 yards on the drive. Coupled with Cal Poly's 42-34 win over Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, and the Eagles' earlier 27-24 win in Bozeman, Eastem earned the automatic berth in the upcoming Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. Their Sunday selection as the FCS's No. 2 seed has earned Eastern home games at Roos Field all through the playoffs - as long as they win- with a first-round game set for 3:05 p.m. Saturday, Dec. I versus the winner of this Saturday's Wagner- Colgate play-in game. "When you win a Big Sky title it's special and you feel good about it," Eastern head coach Beau Baldwin said. "Now we'll move on to our second season so to speak." The defending FCS champion North Dakota State Bison were the No. I seed in the bracket that will ultimately decide the two teams that will meet in the title game, Jan. 5 in Frisco, Texas. Eastern won the 2010 title there. "I'm so proud of our players for finding a way again to get it done against a tough Portland State team," Baldwin said. "It was a battle, but we found a z, way. Such as recovering froma wobbly start where the Vikings' D.J. Adams scored touchdowns in two of the first three PSU drives to lead 13-0 after the first quarter. Padron was one of three Eagles who scored twice in the game, joining Demitrius Bronson and Nicholas Edwards. His first came whenhe scored Eastem's initial points as he dove into the end zone with 6:03 to play in the second quarter cutting the margin to 13-7. Kaufman had a one-handed catch on a ball that was tipped by a PSU defender to help set-up the score. Bronson got his first score to rally Eastern into the lead 14-13 with I minute 12 seconds to play in the first half. Padron took over for starting QB, Vernon Adams and also went 26 of 38 for 381 yards, a pair of TDs and no interceptions. Adams was 4 of 7 for 82 yards. Nine of those completions were to All-American Brandon Kaufman, who, despite never scoring in the game, had numerous big highlight See EWU football page 10 Now that the Eastern Washington football team knows where they're seeded (second, surprisingly) and where (Roos Field) and when (Dec. 1) they'll play their first Football Championship Subdivision playoff game the only thing left to be deter- mined is who. The Eagles get to enjoy Thanks- giving and a two-week layoff before hosting the winner of the Colgate/Wagner first rourtd match up this Saturday. I'm sure some fans had a "Who are these guys?" moment, ala Butch Cas- sidy and the Sundance Kid, when the pair- ings were announced Sunday morning. I'm not exactly one of them as I've heard of both universities. As for anything else, like locating them on a map, yeah: "Who are these guys?" From their records, good football teams for starters. Both teams are 8-3, winners of their respective conferences - Colgate Raiders the Patriot League and Wagner Seahawks (yes) the Northeast Conference. Both come in on "winning streaks, the Raiders their last six and the Seahawks their last eight. Both faced common opponents like Holy Cross, Sacred Heart (located in New York City) and Duquesne and beat all three. Still, who are these guys? As kickoff nears we'll know more about the winner of Saturday's match up. But for now, as a public service (because that's the kind of guy I am) here are a few other informational items on both universities. Colgate University is a private liberal arts college located in Hamilton, N.Y. It has an enrollment of around 2,800 students coming from 47 states and 42 countries, and was founded in 1819 as a Baptist seminary but later became non- denominational. Is there toothpaste involved? Well, yes. The university was renamed Colgate in 1890 in recognition of the contributions made by the William Colgate family. Wil- liam Colgate founded a soap company ,and 1806 on Dutch Street in New York City that eventually became today's 'Colgate Palmolive Company. Hey, I'm just trying to help you brush up on the facts. See Crunch Time page 10 Eastern By PAUL DELANEY S taff Reporter When one loses a league MVP and a floor general point guard.it might be cause for pan- ic. But for Eastern Wash- ington University's wom- en's basketball coach Wendy Schuller she's turning her attention in- ward for new identity and a hoped-for path to success. That's inside as in the paint. "We lost two play- ers that made an impact for our team, not just the scoring piece, the women Photo by Paul Delaney EWU's womens' basketball coach Wendy Schuller has big holes to fill but is confident players will step up. statistical piece but just knowledge of the game the energy they brought, and the system," Schuller said of Brianne Ryan and Chene Cooper. "There are so many things they brought that were just intangibles." So Schuller said she, her staff and team will work to create a new identity with the return of three starters and six other letterwinners from the 2011-12 squad that finished 16-14 overall and 10-6 in Big Sky play. The loss of Ryan and Cooper are not just big on the floor, but on paper, too. Ryan was the 2012 Big Sky MVP and two-time unanimous All-Big Sky y in 2012-1 First-Team selection as well as the Big Sky Defen- sive Player of the Year in 2010. Cooper, an All-Big Sky Second-Team pick ranked among the top six point guards in the nation for assists and top 25 in steals. "We're trying to create a new identity and define ourselves in a new and different way," Schuller said. "We're not chang- ing a lot, we're going to have to score in different ways." Big kids are going to be impact players for us, Schuller said. "We've got Carrie Ojeda, Melissa Wfl- liams and Laura Hughes - all players who I think are solid - I think they're coming into their own nOW." Sophomore forward Morganne Comstock should add additional depth. "Morganne is an interesting case because this is actually her third year in the program," Schuller said. "She red- shirted as a freshman and then coming off hip surgery last year, she was never physically where she needed to be to play significant minutes." See EWU women page 2