Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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Oregon State outgunned by I-AA team

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Vernon Adams passed for 411 yards and ran for 107, including the 2-yard go-ahead touchdown with 18 seconds left, as Eastern Washington shocked No. 25 Oregon State 49-46 on Saturday.

The Eagles are the third Division I-AA team to beat a ranked I-A team. Appalachian State beat No. 5 Michigan in 2007, and James Madison beat No. 10 Virginia Tech in 2010. Beavers coach Mike Riley said his team didn't overlook the Eagles.

"That would be a discredit to that kid playing QB," he said.

Adams threw for four touchdowns and ran for two, completing 23 of 30 passes.

"It's just having swagger," said Adams, whose team had 625 yards of offense and scored on all by one series — when he left with cramping. "Coming out here and not being nervous."

Sean Mannion, who threw for 422 yards, drove Oregon State afterward. But Trevor Romaine's 52-yard field goal as time ran out was wide right.

The Eagles are No. 4 in the I-AA coaches' poll. Last season, they went 11-3 and reached the I-AA semifinals.

"It shines a light on your program," coach Beau Baldwin said; "maybe even more so than what you had before."

No. 3 Oregon 66, Nicholls St. 3: Marcus Mariota threw for a touchdown and ran for two for the host Ducks in coach Mark Helfrich's debut. Mariota ran for scores of 12 and 46 yards to make it 38-3 at the half. "He was clean and did a nice job," said Helfrich, the former offensive coordinator who was promoted after Chip Kelly left for the NFL's Eagles. The only down note for Oregon was cornerback Terrance Mitchell hitting Colonels quarterback Beaux Hebert in the head late in the first quarter. He left with a concussion, and Mitchell was flagged for targeting, a new rule, and ejected.

No. 15 Texas 56, New Mexico St. 7: David Ash threw for four touchdowns and ran for one for the host Longhorns. Down 7-0, Texas scored 35 points on 15 snaps and finished with a school-record 715 total yards. Ash accounted for 434.

No. 16 Okla. 34, La.-Monroe 0: Quarterback Trevor Knight rushed for 103 yards and threw three touchdowns in his first start for the host Sooners. He is the first Oklahoma quarterback to rush for at least 100 yards since Jason White's 117 against Kansas on Oct. 13, 2001.

No. 17 Michigan 59, C. Michigan 9: Devin Gardner ran for two touchdowns and threw for one during the first half for the host Wolverines. It was their highest-scoring opener since 1905, when they beat Ohio Wesleyan 65-0. "It's a good start, I guess," offensive tackle Michael Schofield said. The Chippewas trailed 35-6 at halftime after losing starting quarterback Cody Kater to a broken collarbone and starting running back Zurlon Tipton to a broken ankle. Before the game, Michigan suspended starting safety Thomas Gordon for an undisclosed violation.

No. 18 Nebraska 37, Wyoming 34: Ameer Abdullah ran for 114 yards and Imani Cross 105 for the host Cornhuskers. The Cowboys, who had 602 yards of offense, converted two late turnovers into touchdowns and got the ball back at their 6 with 1:07 left. But time ran out before they could even get to midfield.

No. 23 Wisconsin 45, UMass 0: Melvin Gordon ran for 144 yards, including a 70-yard touchdown, James White 143, including a 51-yard touchdown, and Corey Clement 101 for the host Badgers in Gary Andersen's coaching debut. New quarterback Joel Stave went 4-of-11 for 36 yards in the first half but hit Jared Abbrederis for touchdowns of 65 and 57 yards in the second half. As lopsided as the score was, Andersen knew he had to improve in one area: "I would not say we are game ready in singing On Wisconsin. We've got a ways to go."

Around the nation

Illinois 42, S. Illinois 34: The host Illini held on after the I-AA Salukis failed on fourth and goal from the 3 with 44 seconds left.

N. Illinois 30, Iowa 27: Mathew Sims' 36-yard field goal with four seconds left lifted the visiting Huskies.

Baylor 69, Wofford 3: Lache Seastrunk ran two touchdowns for the host Bears against the I-AA Terriers. It was Baylor's most points since 88-0 against Stephen F. Austin in 1929.

N. Iowa 28, Iowa St. 20: David Johnson ran for a 199 yards and two touchdowns and caught two touchdowns to help the I-AA Panthers pull off the road upset.

Charlotte 52, Campbell 7: Matt Johnson threw for 282 yards and three touchdowns as the host I-AA 49ers won their inaugural game.

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