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Eagles eager to face former rivals Western Washington

CHENEY, Wash. - Having had a week two rest after two tough games against Big 12 opponents on the road, Eastern Washington is back at home Saturday to host former rival, Western Washington (1-1).

The Eagles (0-2) started the season with a 49-24 loss to Texas Tech and a respectable 31-24 loss to Colorado.  Respectable - maybe.  But head coach Beau Baldwin said he's tired of being congratulated for losses and will treat Saturday's game just like the first two, which were played against teams in a higher division.

Eastern Washington, ranked 14th in the Sports Network NCAA Football Subdivision Rankings, holds an all-time 37-25 advantage over the Vikings from the west side.  The two teams used to play each other regularly when they were part of the NAIA.

The Vikings are coming off a 38-14 win over Humboldt State in which they scored the final 16 points of the game.  Quarterback Adam Perry completed 17-of-27 passes for two touchdowns in the win.

For the Eagles, the statistics haven't been all that bad considering the teams they've faced.  Quarterback Matt Nichols, the 2007 Big Sky Conference MVP, had a pair of 300-yard passing performances in the team's first two games.  Junior receiver Tony Davis has already caught 22 passes.  The Eagles rank third in the FCS in total offense (318.0).  Davis is second nationally in receptions per game (11.0) behind Idaho State's Eddie Thompson (13.5)