MACOMB, Sick. (AP) — Eric Barriere set a FCS file for passing yards in a half while Eastern Washington set a college file for factors in a half and the Eagles rolled to a 62-56 uncover over Western Illinois on Saturday.
Barriere threw for 487 of his 542 yards on 24-of-30 passing with six touchdowns within the first half as the Eagles took a 55-21 lead. His yardage is 2nd at school history, seven at the relieve of a Gage Gubrud sport in 2017.
Eastern Washington (3-0) led 62-28 early within the third quarter and Barriere departed sooner than the fourth quarter but Western Illinois (0-3) scored four straight touchdowns so Barriere needed to come relieve to close out the sport.
Barriere hit Johnny Edwards over the high for a 76-yard ranking on the final play of the first quarter to give the Eagles at 28-21 lead. The groups combined for 512 yards. But while the traffic saved going — scoring on eight of nine possessions — the Leathernecks finest had 34 yards within the 2nd quarter.
Dennis Merritt had a receiving touchdown and two rushing, together with a 73-yarder within 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 became 31 for 46 for 425 yards and 4 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 accomplished with 754 yards, 15 petrified of the college file, and Western Illinois had 643.
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