Eastern Washington Drops Ranked-Road Matchup to Weber State

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#21 Eastern Washington
EWU

1-4 , 0-2


45






#7 Weber State
WSU

5-0 , 2-0


#21 Eastern Washington
EWU

1-4 , 0-2


21


45


#7 Weber State
WSU

5-0 , 2-0





















Score By Quarters
Team
1st

2nd

3rd

4th
F

EWU
#21 Eastern Washington
7 7 7 0 21

WSU
#7 Weber State
14 7 10 14 45


Game Recap: FOOTBALL |




The Eagles lost 45-21 in Ogden, Utah tonight



Game Book

The No. 21/24 Eastern Washington University football team resumed Big Sky Conference play at Weber State tonight (Oct. 8), where it fell 45-21. With the loss, Eastern falls to 1-4 overall and 0-2 in conference action, while Weber State improves to 5-0 and 2-0.

 

Eastern Washington trailed 21-14 at the half, and a defensive touchdown after a fumble recovery by Mitchell Johnson tied the contest with seven minutes left to play in the third quarter. From there, the Wildcats scored 10 unanswered points and took a 31-21 lead into the fourth quarter. Weber State tacked on two more scores in the fourth quarter, ending the game scoring 24 unanswered points.

 

“In the holistic look on the day, we captured momentum a lot and we just couldn’t continue it. There were times where our backs were against the wall; it just seemed like we captured momentum but we couldn’t continue it. We played great in pockets, and then not so great in pockets. There were times where you felt like ‘Uncle Mo’ was on our side and all of a sudden it slipped out of our grasp. We played a good team on the road that stayed steady and ran the ball and did what they wanted in the run game,” said head coach Aaron Best. “They opened it up early through the air and then leaned on the run through the latter part of the game. Our defense was opportunistic at times, we just couldn’t capitalize. That’s an unsettling feeling on offense, when the defense scores seven of your points. At one point, it was 21-21, but then they put 24 on the board and we put zero. We just couldn’t continue it and got behind the sticks a little bit. No matter who you play or where you play, you’re playing with fire a little bit when you’re in pass situations against a well-sound, well-coached defensive team.”

 

Gunner Talkington completed 21 of his 31 pass attempts, throwing for 198 yards plus one interception and one touchdown.

 

Tuna Altahir set a new career-high in rushing yards for the second-straight game, leading the team with 81 yards on 19 carries, plus his second career touchdown. Nolan Ulm led the team with 52 receiving yards on four catches. Freddie Roberson hauled in 26 yards on two catches, plus the team’s lone receiving touchdown, and Jakobie James added 29 receiving yards.

 

On the defensive side, Ely Doyle led the way with a career-high 12 tackles for his third career 10-plus tackle performance, and Marlon Jones Jr. had six. Matthew Brown had a sack for a loss of eight yards, Demetrius Crosby Jr. recorded a pass breakup, and Mitchell Johnson scored a defensive touchdown and had a tackle for loss of five yards. Seth Harrison was 3-for-3 on extra points.

 

As a team, EWU totaled 321 yards of total offense and ran 75 plays. They threw for 198 yards and added 123 on the ground. They had the ball for 34:14 compared to 25:46 for Weber State, and were 9-of-17 on third-down. The Wildcats totaled 460 yards of total offense, including 237 through the air and 223 rushing yards.

 

This is the first time since 2011 that EWU has lost four games in a row, and Weber State has now won four-straight over the Eagles.  

 

Eastern Washington returns home to host Sacramento State for Homecoming at Roos Field on Saturday, Oct. 15, in Cheney, Wash. Kickoff is set for 4:02 p.m. regionally on SWX and ESPN+. The Hornets are currently ranked No. 5, and it will be the first matchup against Sacramento State since the 2019 season. Tickets are still available on GoEags.com/tickets.

 

Scoring Summary and Game Details

 

Weber State struck first on its second play of the game, finding the endzone on a 65-yard reception to take a 7-0 lead. The drive took just 14 seconds.

 

The Eagles struck back on their first offensive drive. Tuna Altahir, who lined up at quarterback to run the wildcat, rushed 12 yards to the house for his second career touchdown. After the kick by Seth Harrison was good, EWU tied things up 7-7. The drive ticked 3:37 off of the clock and lasted 10 plays for 66 yards.

 

The Wildcats retook the lead on their next play following a 22-yard rushing touchdown. With EWU facing third-and-fourth on the next drive, the Wildcats capitalized on a ball off the hands of an Eagle receiver. Weber State would go for it on fourth-and-one after the turnover and were stopped at the goal line by the Eagle defense. At the end of the first, Eastern trailed 14-7.

 

After the turnover on downs, a 22-yard completion from Gunner Talkington to Nolan Ulm helped set up first-and-ten on the Weber State 30-yard line. Two plays later, Talkington found Freddie Roberson for 27-yards and the score. After another Harrison kick, the game moved in to a 14-14 tie. The touchdown was Roberson’s third of the season and the 13th of his career.

 

Weber State quickly countered with a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, pulling ahead 21-14. It was the first opponent kickoff returned for a touchdown since Nov. 13, 2021 against UC Davis.

 

With 54 seconds left to play in the first half, Weber State executed a fake punt facing fourth-and-one for a fresh pair of downs. From there, WSU missed a 34-yard field goal attempt as time expired in the first half, but the Wildcats still led 21-14 at the half.

 

The defense stepped up big in the second half. With 7:01 left in the third quarter, Weber State fumbled on their own 19-yard line and the ball was recovered by Mitchell Johnson who returned it for six yards for his second-career touchdown. After another kick by Harrison went through the uprights, EWU tied the game 21-21.

 

Weber State pulled back ahead the next time it had the ball, making a 49-yard field goal attempt, 24-21. On the first play of Eastern’s next drive, the Eagles would fumble and the Wildcats took back over on Eastern’s 29-yard line, where it took two plays for WSU to extend the lead to 31-21 after a seven-yard rush.

 

The Wildcats attempted a fake field goal, when Mitchell Johnson forced a fumble that was recovered by Tre Weed on EWU’s 15-yard line, but the Eagles did not turn the turnover into points.

 

Weber State made it 17 unanswered points with 8:52 left in the fourth, this time on a four-yard rushing touchdown, pulling ahead 38-21, and its final score came from a one-yard rush to make it a 45-21 final score.

 

More Comments from Head Coach Aaron Best:

 

On What’s Going to Make the Team Better: “Play better, play more physical, play more sound, play with better eyes, play with better technique, play with momentum longer. We’re not too far away, but at times we feel like we’re further away than we are. We aren’t decimated with a lot of healthy bodies, we have a lot of cards to play with, we just haven’t felt our niche or complimentary football. We stubbed our toe early on a 100-yard kickoff return after a 99-yard drive after the stop by the defense. We have parts of the puzzle together with a defensive stop, but those are deflaters. The fundamentals, we aren’t doing them well enough, and this is a well-coached outfit. They always have been and always will be. They lean on defense and special teams and they did what they needed to do. Give credit where credit is due. We rose to the occasion at times but didn’t rise to the occasion enough during all four quarters.”

 


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