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  Eric Barriere threw five touchdown passes, including three in the third quarter as Eastern Washington pulled away, and the Eagles beat Portland State 42-28 on Saturday in the regular-season finale. Eastern Washington (9-2, 6-2 Big Sky Conference) went three-and-out on the opening possession of the second half and Portland State went 80 yards on five plays to take a 21-14 lead when Davis Alexander threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to Beau Kelly with 11:18 left in the third quarter. Barriere hit Talolo Limu-Jones for a 7-yard TD about 2 1/2 minutes later, the Vikings fumbled on their next play from scrimmage and Efton Chism III caught a 20-yard scoring strike from Barriere. Another Portland State fumble set up a 4-yard touchdown pass from Barriere to Freddie Roberson that gave the Eagles a 35-21 lead with 4:31 left in the quarter.

Barriere was 26-of-35 passing for 320 yards. He threw a 12-yard TD pass to Andrew Boston in the first quarter and hit Chism for a 14-yard score to make it 14-14 early in the second quarter. Portland State (5-6, 4-4) had a 14-play, 43-yard drive ended when Gianni Smith missed a 28-yard field-goal attempt wide right on the final play of the first half and the Vikings failed to convert on three fourth downs in the second half. Alexander completed 34 of 52 for 338 yards and two touchdowns for Portland State. The Eagles, No. 6 in the FCS coaches poll, are expected to earn an at-large berth into the FCS playoffs. - Eastern Washington/AP College Football


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  Eric Barriere passed for 411 yards and three touchdowns and Eastern Washington rallied for a 38-20 victory over UC Davis on Saturday night. Barriere completed 34 of 54 passes and has thrown for 3,526 yards with 32 TDs and only six picks this season. Pierce ran for 89 yards on 17 carries, while Barriere added 42 on seven totes. Roberson finished with six catches for 93 yards, while Talolo Limu-Jones caught six passes for 92. Barriere became the Big Sky Conference's career leader in passing yards with 12,676, breaking former Eagle Matt Nichols' record of 12,616. He is also tied with Vernon Adams Jr.'s program and Big Sky Conference mark for all-time touchdown passes with 110. Eastern Washington, which had lost back-to-back games, was eliminated from contention for the Big Sky Conference title - and its automatic entry into the FCS playoffs - when Montana State won earlier in the day but boosted its odds for an at-large berth with a road win over a potential playoff team.

UC Davis, ranked No. 4 in the FCS coaches poll, took a 17-14 lead on freshman Lan Larison's 97-yard kick-return score to open the third quarter. Barriere answered with an 18-yard TD toss to Dylan Ingram and EWU never trailed again. Isaiah Lewis and Tamarick Pierce had scoring runs for the Eagles in the fourth quarter. Freshman Miles Hastings staked UC Davis to a 7-0 lead after one quarter with a 1-yard TD toss to Jared Harrell. Barriere tossed TD passes covering 4 yards to Freddie Roberson and 3 yards to Efton Chism III to put the eighth-ranked Eagles (8-2, 5-2 Big Sky Conference) on top 14-7 midway through the second quarter. Isaiah Gomez's 29-yard field goal cut the Aggies' deficit to four at halftime. - Eastern Washington/AP College Football


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  Eric Barriere threw for 600 yards and seven touchdowns and Eastern Washington set a host of records with a 71-14 win over Idaho on Saturday. Barriere's yards passing set a school record, and he matched the program record for touchdown passes in a game for the second time. With backup Gunner Talkington adding a touchdown pass, the Eagles set a record for scoring throws as well as for total offense with 837 yards. Barriere also had a touchdown run but lost 23 yards rushing, although his total offense mark of 578 yards set another record. He now has 102 TD passes and a school and conference record 123 TDs overall.

Six different receivers caught at least three passes and three surpassed 100 yards - Freddie Roberson 192, Andrew Boston 175 and Dennis Merritt 102, all career highs. The Eagles (7-0, 4-0 Big Sky Conference), ranked second in the FCS coaches poll, are off to their best start since the 1967 team won 11 straight before losing in the NAIA championship game. They exceeded 60 points for the fourth time and have won 20 straight at home. Quarterback Zach Borisch ran for 119 yards and a touchdown for the Vandals. Eastern led 43-14 at the half as Barriere was 17-of-19 passing for 397 yards and four touchdowns. He finished 26 of 35. - AP College Football


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  Eric Barriere threw for three touchdowns, Dennis Merritt ran for three and Eastern Washington, the fourth-ranked FCS team, rolled to a 63-17 win over Northern Colorado on Saturday. Merritt had touchdown runs of 1, 5 and 1 yards and Calin Criner contributed a 30-yard interception return as the Eagles (6-0, 3-0 Big Sky Conference) raced to a 43-10 halftime lead. Barriere was 32-of-41 passing for 347 yards, pushing him over 11,000 for his career with his 25th 300-yard game. He found Dylan Ingram for 4 yards on the game's opening drive, hit Blake Gobel for 19 yards early in the second and Andrew Boston for 38 yards late in the third. Quarterback Dylan McCaffrey ran for two touchdowns for the Bears (2-4, 1-2), who have lost 13 straight to the Eagles, who cracked 60 points for the third time this season and are 6-0 for the first time since 1967. - AP College Football

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  Talolo Limu-Jones had career highs with 11 receptions for 231 yards before leaving with an apparent ankle injury, Eric Barriere threw for 422 yards and two touchdowns to Andrew Boston as Eastern Washington beat Montana 34-28 on Saturday night in a matchup of two of the top teams in the FCS. Eastern Washington (5-0, 2-0 Big Sky), ranked No. 6 in the FCS coaches poll, scored 21 straight fourth-quarter points to take a 31-21 lead. Barriere hit Boston for a 9-yard touchdown to cap a 13-play drive on the second play of the period. After fourth-ranked Montana went three-and-out, 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 ran in the 2-point conversion to give the Eagles the lead for good.

Dennis Merritt capped a five-play, 80-yard drive with a 1-yard scoring run to make it 31-21 with 9:42 remaining but Malik Flowers returned to ensuing kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown to pull the Grizzlies within three. Flowers has five career kick returns for touchdowns, a conference record - one shy of the FCS mark. Eastern Washington's Jackson Cleaver kicked a 30-yard field goal with 1:21 left to cap the scoring. Montana (3-1, 1-1) drove to the EWU 13 before a throw into the end zone as time expired fell incomplete. It was the 19th time the teams faced each other as ranked opponents. Merritt finished with 23 carries for 103 yards. His 10 touchdowns this season are most in FCS. - Eastern Washington/AP College Football


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  SEPT 27 BIG SKY OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Eastern Washington's Eric Barriere helped EWU eclipse the 50-point mark for the third-straight game as the senior quarterback threw for 518 yards and four touchdowns. Barriere became the first FCS quarterback to throw for 500 or more yards in back-to-back games since Cornell's Jeff Mathews did it in 2011. The EWU QB also surpassed the 10,000-yard career passing mark, which moves him into the Big Sky Top 10 for the category. The Offensive Player of the Week honor is Barriere's eighth of his prolific career, including three times in 2021, three times in 2020-21 and twice in 2019. Others Nominated, Off: Isaiah Ifanse (MSU), Pierre Williams (Sac State), Miles Hastings (UC Davis), Beau Kelly (PSU), Draycen Hall (NAU), Samuel Akem (Montana), Josh Davis (Weber State). - Big Sky Football

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  Eric Barriere threw for 518 yards and four touchdown to lead FCS No. 6 Eastern Washington to a 50-21 victory over Southern Utah on Saturday night. Barriere surpassed 10,000 career yards passing in the first quarter, and now has 10,437. He completed 30 of 48 passes and added 28 yards on the ground for 546 yards of offense. He had a school-record 562 yards of total offense in last week's win over Western Illinois. The Eagles (4-0, 1-0 Big Sky Conference) are 4-0 for the first time since 1997. Barriere threw two TD passes to Efton Chism III, who made eight catches for a career-high 147 yards receiving. Talolo Limu-Jones had seven receptions for a career-best 175 yards. Dennis Merritt ran for three touchdowns and had 58 yards rushing on 18 carries for the Eagles, who finished with 673 yards of offense. David Moore III had two touchdown runs and Isaiah Williams had one for Southern Utah (1-3, 0-1). - AP College Football

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  SEPT 20 BIG SKY OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Eastern Washington quarterback Eric Barriere passed for 487 of his career-high 542 passing yards in the first half of Saturday's 62-56 win at Western Illinois, which broke the FCS record for most yards in a single half. Barriere also tossed six touchdowns, which was one shy of tying his own school record and marked his fourth game with at least six scores. Others Nominated, Off: Davis Alexander (PSU), Jake Dunniway (Sac State), Ulonzo Gilliam Jr (UC Davis), Kevin Daniels (NAU), Brandon Schenks (SUU). - Big Sky Football

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  SEPT 20 STATS FCS NATIONAL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Eric Barriere, Eastern Washington, QB, R-Sr., 6-1, 210, Inglewood, California,...The reigning Big Sky offensive player of the year set the FCS record for passing yards in a half, throwing for 487 of his career-high 542 yards before halftime of the Eagles' 62-56 win at Western Illinois. Barriere threw all six of his touchdown passes in the first half, including three that went for more than 50 yards. He completed 31 of 45 passes, adding 20 rushing yards to a school-record 562 yards of total offense.

Honorable Mention: Juwan Carter, QB, Norfolk State; Corey Fields, QB, South Carolina State; Ulonzo Gilliam Jr., RB, UC Davis; Xavier Gipson, WR/PR, Stephen F. Austin; Malik Grant, RB, Sacred Heart; Wiley Hartley, QB, Campbell; Dennis Houston, WR, Western Illinois; Deandre Lamont, DB, Central Arkansas; Peyton Logan, RB, UT Martin; Mike Mansaray, RB, South Dakota; Jawon Pass, QB, Prairie View A&M; Aaron Shampklin, RB, Harvard; Breylin Smith, QB, Central Arkansas; Cole Smith, QB, Princeton; Dan Smith, QB, Villanova; Cameron Ward, QB, UIW; DeMarcus Ware, RB, Samford. - STATS FCS Football


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  Eric Barriere set a FCS record for passing yards in a half while Eastern Washington set a school record for points in a half and the Eagles rolled to a 62-56 win over Western Illinois on Saturday. Barriere threw for 487 of his 542 yards on 24-of-30 passing with six touchdowns in the first half as the Eagles took a 55-21 lead. His yardage is second in school history, seven behind a Gage Gubrud game in 2017. Eastern Washington (3-0) led 62-28 early in the third quarter and Barriere departed before the fourth quarter but Western Illinois (0-3) scored four straight touchdowns so Barriere had to return to close out the game.

Barriere hit Johnny Edwards over the top for a 76-yard score on the last play of the first quarter to give the Eagles at 28-21 lead. The teams combined for 512 yards. But while the visitors kept going - scoring on eight of nine possessions - the Leathernecks only had 34 yards in the second quarter. Dennis Merritt had a receiving touchdown and two rushing, including a 73-yarder in the third quarter, finishing with 150 yards. Edwards had three catches for 126 yards and two touchdowns and Freddie Roberson six for 118 and a TD. Western Illinois' Connor Sampson was 31 for 46 for 425 yards and four touchdowns, two to Dennis Houston, who had 11 catches for 175 yards plus a rushing TD. Daniel Bender had three catches for 102 yards and a TD. Eastern Washington finished with 754 yards, 15 shy of the school record, and Western Illinois had 643. - Eastern Washington/AP College Football


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  Eric Barriere threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third in the first half and Eastern Washington cruised to a 56-7 win over Division II Central Washington on Saturday. The Eagles (2-0) had 388 yards by intermission, holding the Wildcats (1-1) to 87, 65 coming on their opening drive that cut the EWU lead to 8-7. Dennis Merritt had back-to-back scores in the first half, hauling in a 14-yard pass followed by a 4-yard run. Barriere opened the scoring with a 6-yard run and capped the first half connecting with Conner Crist. Ty Graham preceded that touchdown with a 43-yard pick-6. It was 46-7 at halftime. Barriere finished 20 of 31 for 264 yards including a third touchdown pass, Merritt had 120 yards on 10 carries and 12 different players caught a pass as the Eagles finished with 558 yards. Central Washington finished with 174 yards and two turnovers. - Eastern Washington/AP College Football

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  SEPT 6 BIG SKY FOOTBALL CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: EWU's Eric Barriere and UC Davis' Hunter Rodrigues were named Co-Offensive Players of the Week, Montana's Marcus Welnel earned Defensive Player of the Week accolades, and UC Davis' Isaiah Gomez and Montana's Brian Buschini were selected as Co-Special Teams Players of the Week. On the offensive side of the ball, Barriere and Rodrigues each led their teams to an FBS win as both quarterbacks passed for over 300 yards.

Barriere tossed three touchdowns to go along with his 374 yards passing against UNLV, while adding 32 yards on the ground to earn his 11th career game with over 400 yards of total offense. Rodrigues connected on 28 of 35 passes for 80% completion rate, which tops the FCS, while throwing for 311 yards and a score to lead UC Davis past Tulsa. Others Nominated: Off: Stacy Chukwumezie (NAU), Judd Cockett (Southern Utah), Marshel Martin (Sac State), Davis Alexander (Portland State), Cam Humphrey (Montana), Spencer Brasch (Cal Poly). - Big Sky Football


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  Eric Barriere threw for 374 yards and three touchdowns - including a pair of first-down scoring strikes in each overtime - and Eastern Washington escaped with a 35-33 double-overtime victory over UNLV in a season opener on Thursday night. It was the fourth time in ten years that the FCS Eagles upset an FBS opponent and they overcame three turnovers and three missed field goals - one on the final play in regulation - to do it.

EWU led 20-6 with 1:10 remaining in the third quarter after Dennis Merritt's 1-yard TD run. Daniel Gutierrez kicked a 47-yard field goal 1:20 into the fourth quarter and added a 51-yarder after a Barriere interception to pull the Rebels within 20-12. The Eagles lost a fumble on the ensuing kickoff and Charles Williams scored on a 16-yard run. UNLV added a two-point conversion to tie the game at 20 with 8:03 left to play. UNLV was in Eagles' territory before Tre Woods picked off a Doug Brumfield pass, setting up overtime. - Eastern Washington/AP College Football


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  Former Boise State defensive end Robert Cooper wasn't in the transfer portal long. The former three-star recruit announced last Friday that he was transferring. On Wednesday, he announced on Twitter that he's verbally committed to Eastern Washington. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound native of Spanaway, Washington, is heading closer to home. Eastern Washington's campus in Cheney is about a 4.5-hour drive from his hometown. The Eagles finished last season ranked in the top 10 in the FCS ranks, and they fell to North Dakota State in the first round of the playoffs. - Idaho Statesman

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  Eastern Washington quarterback Eric Barriere, Sacred Heart running back Julius Chestnut and VMI receiver Jakob Herres are among the Walter Payton Award finalists highlighting The Associated Press FCS All-America team released Wednesday. The Championship Subdivision’s spring season, pushed back nearly six months because of the pandemic, will conclude Sunday with the national title game between No. 2-seeded Sam Houston and top-seeded South Dakota State in Frisco, Texas. The two biggest awards in Division I football’s second tier will be handed out Saturday. The Payton award goes to the player of the year and the Buck Buchanan Award honors the top defensive player in the FCS. The AP’s All-America first team includes five of the 16 Payton award finalists and 10 of the 18 Buchanan finalists. Barriere passed for 2,448 yards and 19 touchdowns in seven games for Eastern Washington. The second-team quarterback was Cole Kelley from Southeastern Louisiana. - AP College Football

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