NCAA FCS Playoffs: Wagner Comes Up Short at No. 2 Seed Eastern Washington
Seahawks held lead twice, but host team pulls away late
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- Wagner settled for field goals on three of its visits into the red zone and No. 4 Eastern Washington scored the last 15 points of the game to post a 29-19 victory in the NCAA FCS Round of 16.
The NEC champion Seahawks opened the game’s scoring on a second-quarter field goal by David Lopez and also held a 19-14 lead late in the third quarter.
Eastern Washington, which won the FCS national championship in 2010, went in front when Quincy Forte rushed three yards for a touchdown on the final play of the third quarter. Forte also converted the ensuing two-point conversion attempt to give the hosts a 22-19 advantage heading into the final quarter of play.
Quarterback Kyle Padron went 26-of-36 passing for 327 yards and one touchdown for EWU.
Greg Herd and Nicholas Edwards each hauled in five passes from Padron, but the most damage was inflicted by receiver Brandon Kaufman.
Eastern Washington’s All-American pass-catcher used his 6-foot-5 frame to victimize Wagner’s pass defense for 10 receptions and 174 yards. His 47-yard reception gave the Eagles a 1st-and-goal, setting up the touchdown that would put EWU ahead for good.
Despite the tall task of having to cover one of the nation’s top receivers, Wagner cornerback Jarrett Dieudonne, a first team all-NEC selection, did provide the Seahawks with a second-half spark. He picked off a pass on Eastern Washington’s first possession after halftime and put Wagner in position to score its only touchdown of the game, a one-yard run by Dominique Williams with 12:47 remaining in the third quarter.
Wagner quarterback Nick Doscher passed for 125 yards and ran for another 44.