Adams throws 6 as E. Washington tops Montana 42-37

Vernon Adams threw six touchdown passes Saturday to lead Eastern

Washington to a 42-37 victory over Montana in a Big Sky Conference

showdown.

Adams threw for 457 yards while tying his own school record for

touchdown passes in a game.

Eastern Washington (6-2, 4-0 Big Sky) opened a 28-17 halftime

lead on Adams’ passes of 19 and 34 yards to Cooper Kupp, 4 yards to

Ashton Clark and 86 yards to Shaquille Hill.

Montana (6-2, 3-2) got first half touchdowns on a 24-yard Jordan

Canada run and a 42-yard pass from Jordan Johnson to Ellis

Henderson.

Adams continued his hot hand in the second half with a 52-yard

scoring toss to Clark and a 9-yard touchdown pass to Mario Brown to

put the Eagles up 42-17 at the end of the third quarter.

Montana rallied back, trimming the Eastern Washington lead to

42-31 on touchdown passes of 7 and 48 yards from Johnson to

Henderson, the second coming with 7:36 to play.

The Grizzlies cut the Eagles lead to 42-37 on a 6-yard Johnson

toss to Jordan Harper with 1:44 left in the game. Johnson was

tackled a yard short of the end zone on the two-point conversion

attempt.

Eastern Washington ran out the clock after Montana’s onside kick

attempt was recovered by Kupp at the Montana 49-yard line.

Kupp finished with 11 receptions for 182 yards and Hill had

three catches for 112.

Johnson threw for 349 yards, 147 to Henderson on eight

receptions.