E. Washington 51, Illinois St. 35

Kyle Padron threw a school-record-tying six touchdown passes,

including two to Brandon Kaufman on back-to-back plays early in the

third quarter, to lift second-seeded Eastern Washington to a 51-35

win over Illinois State in the quarterfinals of the Football

Championship Subdivision playoffs Saturday evening.

With a 24-17 lead at the half, Padron dropped a perfect pass

into Kaufman’s hands at the goal line. Ronnie Hamlin intercepted

ISU quarterback Matt Brown on the next play, setting up Padron’s

17-yard strike to Kaufman in the back right corner of the end zone

for a 38-17 lead at the 11:01 mark.

Padron completed 19 of 33 passes for 358 yards. Kaufman added a

clutch 76-yard catch-and-run early in the fourth quarter after the

Redbirds (9-4) had scored 18 straight points to close within

38-35.

The Eagles (11-2), the national champions two seasons ago, host

Sam Houston State in a semifinal next weekend.