Cheney, Wash. (WNN) — Talolo Limu-Jones had a career high with 11 receptions for 231 yards, before leaving with an apparent ankle injury, Eric Barrier, who threw for 422 yards and struck Andrew Boston for two touchdowns. As Eastern Washington beat Montana 34-28 on Saturday night in a matchup of the two top teams in FCS.
Eastern Washington (5-0, 2-0 Big Sky), ranked No. 6 in the FCS coaches poll, scored 21 straight fourth quarter points to take a 31-21 lead. Barrier hit Boston for a 9-yard touchdown to cap a 13-play drive in the second play of the period. After a three-out for fourth-placed Montana, Barrier hit Limu-Jones in the middle for a 58-yard advantage, and in the next play, Micah Smith scored a 2-yard run before Barrier 2. -Point ran in conversion. Lead the Eagles for good.
Dennis Merritt capped a five-play, 80-yard drive with a 1-yard scoring run with 9:42 remaining to make 31-21, but Malik Flowers pulled the Grizzlies three for a touchdown from 99 yards. Returned to pull inside. Flowers has five career kick returns for touchdowns, a conference record—one shy of the FCS mark.
Eastern Washington’s Jackson Cleaver dropped a 30-yard field goal to cap the scoring with 1:21.
Montana (3-1, 1-1) reached EWU 13 before throwing in the end zone as time ran out.
This was the 19th time the teams faced each other as ranked opponents.
Merritt finished with 23 carries for 103 yards. His 10 touchdowns this season are the most in FCS.
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