For the second straight day, a highly-ranked FCS team has upended a top-flight FBS team, as Eastern Washington stunned #25 Oregon State on Saturday night.
The EWU Eagles put up 49 points and a staggering 625 yards of total offense during the upset, and they were led by quarterback Vernon Adams. Adams, a 2nd-year starter for EWU, threw for 411 yards and 4 touchdowns, but if that wasn’t enough for you, Adams also ran for 107 yards and 2 touchdowns. His outing represents probably the best single game in the history of the EWU program, and he’ll be a living legend at that school for years to come.
As far as Oregon State, it was clearly not their offense that had an issue. The Beavers matched EWU’s offense by putting up over 500 yards and 46 points, but their defense simply couldn’t get any stops when it mattered. Junior quarterback Sean Mannion threw for 422 yards and 3 touchdowns, but it was as simple as EWU having the ball last, and Adams fell into the endzone with 18 seconds to go to give the Eagles the win.
In fairness to Oregon State, their preseason “ranking” is fairly meaningless, but the fact that EWU upset them on Saturday serves as another example of just how dangerous the top-end FCS teams can be. It is too early to bury the Beavers completely for this loss, but at the same time, this type of defeat can be a black mark that a program can’t recover from for months. Either way, this was an incredible football game.