E. Washington 35, Cent. Washington 32
Bo Levi Mitchell threw for 188 yards and two touchdowns and Taiwan Jones added three scores as Eastern Washington held on to defeat Division II Central Washington 35-32 at Qwest Field on Saturday night.
Brandon Kaufman pulled in a 32-yard touchdown catch to give the Eagles (1-1) a 35-25 lead midway through the fourth quarter.
Central Washington (1-2) was driving until a pass from Ryan Robertson went through the hands of Chris Smith and fell into the lap of Paul Ena for an interception.
Offsetting holding penalties wiped out a 62-yard fumble return touchdown that would have sealed the game for Eastern Washington. Robertson connected with Kollin Hancock for a 13-yard touchdown to pull the Wildcats within three with 2:21 to play.
After a three-and-out, Central Washington took the ball with 1:26 to play and two timeouts, but a fourth-down pass was batted down by Tyler Jolley to preserve the win.