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Adams, Eagles Soar Past Montana-Western, 41-9

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Vernon Adams threw for 260 yards and 5 touchdowns in EWU's 41-9 win over Montana-Western. Vernon Adams threw for 260 yards and 5 touchdowns in EWU's 41-9 win over Montana-Western.
CHENEY, Wash. -- Eastern Washington University became one of the first teams in college football to start the 2014 season 2-0 thanks to a 41-9 win over the University of Montana-Western at Roos Field on Saturday, Aug. 30.

Sandwiched between a historic win over Sam Houston State to kick off all of college football and a trip face the No. 25 ranked Washington Huskies next Saturday, the Eagles (2-0) could have overlooked its meeting with Montana-Western. They didn't.

Eastern's defense refused to let the Bulldogs (1-1) move the ball early in the game and Vernon Adams and the Eagles offense capitalized by scoring touchdowns on each of their first four drives to take a 27-0 lead.

EWU running back Mario Brown started got the Inferno faithful on their feet with a 50-yard run to get the Eagles out of poor field position, finishing off Eastern's first possession with a 2-yard touchdown run. The next three Eagle scores came on Big Play VA TD passes; three yards to Kendrick Bourne, 29 yards to Cory Mitchell and 55 yards to Shaq Hill.

Montana-Western got on the board late in the second quarter on a 34-yard field goal from former West Valley (Spokane) offensive lineman/kicker Nick Brown. The only points the Bulldogs could muster, trailing Eastern 27-3 at the half.

The second half song stuck to the same script with Adams and Co. seemingly unstoppable on the red turf after both teams opened the third quarter with a pair of fumbles.

The Eagles lit up the scoreboard two times in the third quarter. First on a 30-yard Adams to Mitchell TD pass on 3rd-and-22, with the second coming with 4:23 left in the quarter on a 15-yard Adams to Bourne strike.

UMW would add its lone touchdown between the Eags' two third-quarter scores on a 27-yard over-the-shoulder bomb from QB Tyler Hulse to George Sherwood, but the Bulldogs missed the PAT.

With both teams clearing the benches, no one scored in the fourth quarter.

Adams night ended be over following the latter score, but not before the 2013 Walter Payton Award runner-up went 27-30 for 360 yards passing, 5 touchdowns and a QB rating of 245.8 in only 2-plus quarters of play.

The trio of Bourne, Hill and Mitchell combined for 22 receptions, 318 yards receiving and all 5 touchdown passes.

Brown carried the ball nine times for 108 yards and the one TD. When all was said and done Eastern racked up 598 yards of total offense.

Hulse was Montana-Western's lone standout on the evening. The Bulldogs signal Caller finished 13-28 with 143 yards passing and 52 yards rushing.

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