E. Washington 20, Idaho 3

Kyle Padron passed for 260 yards and a touchdown to lead Eastern

Washington to a 20-3 victory against Idaho in the season opener for

both teams on Thursday night.

Padron, who completed 13 of 33 passes with an interception, got

off to a successful start in his quest to become the second

straight SMU transfer to star at QB for the Eagles. Bo Levi

Mitchell led them to the FCS national championship in 2010 and won

the Walter Payton Award as the division’s top player last year.

Padron, who started 21 games for SMU from 2009-11, hit Jake

Whitnell with a 3-yard TD pass in the second quarter to give

Eastern Washington a 10-3 lead. Quincy Forte ran for 66 yards and a

score.

It was the Eagles’ first victory against an FBS school since an

8-5 win at Idaho in 2003.

Najee Lovett had eight receptions for 105 yards for the Vandals,

who went 2-10 last season.

Although transfer Dominique Blackman won Idaho’s starting QB

job, he did not play Thursday. Logan Bushnell started and was 10 of

24 for 123 yards and an interception.