CHENEY, Wash. - The Eastern Washington football team rallied past Montana, 32-26, in Saturday night's game in front of 10,529 fans at Roos Field. Eagles fans rushed the red playing surface after the game.
Montana trailed 17-10 at halftime before pulling within a point on a drive midway through the third quarter. The 15-play, 73-yard march was capped by quarterback Trent McKinney on a 7-yard TD scramble. Chris Lider missed the point after wide right.
Eastern punter Jake Miller misplayed a snap deep in his own territory to set up Montana for its go-ahead TD on a Jordan Canada 2-yard burst with 2:47 left in the third period. Montana added a Lider 25-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter and Eastern scored twice in the final two and a half minutes to make it 32-26.
Montana drove the ball inside Eastern's red zone in the final seconds but ran out of time.
The seventh-ranked Eagles scored on their opening drive in the first half. Demitrius Bronson struck paydirt on a 5-yard run to cap an eight play, 75-yard drive.
Montana evened the score on a Peter Nguyen 37-yard run with 4:40 left in the first period. The run capped a three-play, 59-yard drive.
The Griz were driving toward another score when Canada fumbled in the red zone. EWU responded with a nine play, 88-yard drive capped by Vernon Adams' 36-yard TD pass to Brandon Kaufman.
Montana answered with a 27-yard field goal by Lider to close within four points, 14-10, with 7:11 left in the half. Then Eastern hit a field goal just before halftime to bring the score to 17-10.