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Eastern Washington @ South Dakota

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VERMILLION, S.D.--Today, I witnessed the defending national champions Eagles play South Dakota. I got to take my two sons to the game and we got to see an upset on the DakotaDome astroturf.

USd QB Dante Warren had a rushing and passing touchdown and kicker Kevin Robb had three field goals as the Coyotes upset the Eagles 30-17.

The Coyotes took a 21-0 lead in the second quarter before EWU finally scored. Warren scored on a 2-yard run and threw a 48-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Blount.

Jim Thompson added a 67-yard interception return to give the Coyotes a 21-0 lead.

A Matt Johnson interception gave EWU the ball back right before halftime.

Eagle QB Bo Levi Mitchell then completed 9-of-12 passes for the entire 72-yard drive, capped by a 2-yard touchdown pass to Nicholas Edwards as the game went into halftime with USD holding a 21-7 advantage.

EWU took the opening second half drive to the Coyote 4 yard line but had to settle for a 21-yard Mike Jarrett field goal to pull the Eagles within 21-10.

On its next possession, South Dakota converted a third-and-20 and a fourth and 3 with runs of 17 and 14 yards by Warren respectively that set up the first field goal by Robb.

EWU scored on a quick, four-play, 72-yard drive that cut the lead to 24-17 as the third quarter ended. Mitchell found Greg Herd from 27-yards out for the score.

After another USD field goal, EWU drove deep into USD territory, only to have Marquis Butler make an impressive over-the-shoulder interception and return it 66 yards back into Eagle territory. Another field goal gave the Coyotes a 30-17 lead.

Eastern once again put together a drive, but a holding call on the Eagles resulted on a failed fourth-down attempt with 2:06 left and sealed the game.

South Dakota is not uncommon for an upset as it defeated FBS Minnesota 41-38 a year ago. Consistancy, however, was a concern as the Coyotes ended up finishing just 4-7 overall and 1-3 in the GWC play.

EWU now at 0-2 overall does not seee an easy time to get its first win must play at Montana next week.

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  1. Kent's Avatar
    E. Washington 0 7 10 0-17

    South Dakota 7 14 3 6-30

    First Quarter
    USD-Warren 2 run (Robb kick), 7:36.

    Second Quarter
    USD-Blount 48 pass from Warren (Robb kick), 10:55.

    USD-Thompson 67 interception return (Robb kick), 7:49.

    EWU-Edwards 2 pass from B.Mitchell (Jarrett kick), :14.

    Third Quarter
    EWU-FG Jarrett 21, 10:18.

    USD-FG Robb 33, 1:24.

    EWU-Herd 27 pass from B.Mitchell (Jarrett kick), :01.

    Fourth Quarter
    USD-FG Robb 33, 11:40.

    USD-FG Robb 30, 4:23.



    First downs 22 16

    Rushes-yards 19-11 43-198

    Passing 369 126

    Comp-Att-Int 38-60-2 8-15-1

    Return Yards 11 153

    Punts-Avg. 4-37.8 4-43.0

    Fumbles-Lost 0-0 3-0

    Penalties-Yards 4-28 8-87

    Time of Possession 28:46 31:14


    RUSHING-E. Washington, J.Talley 5-23, Bronson 1-5, M.Brown 7-(minus 6), B.Mitchell 6-(minus 11). South Dakota, Ganious 15-85, Warren 16-59, Sims 7-38, Blount 1-14, Powell 1-12, Team 3-(minus 10).

    PASSING-E. Washington, B.Mitchell 38-60-2-369. South Dakota, Warren 8-15-1-126.

    RECEIVING-E. Washington, Edwards 13-138, Kaufman 8-66, Herd 5-58, Clark 5-46, J.Talley 3-25, M.Brown 3-22, Gehring 1-14. South Dakota, Powell 5-49, Blount 2-60, Neilson 1-17
    Updated 09-11-2011 at 06:58 AM by Kent (bolding)