Eagles hang on to beat Idaho State, 56-53

Eagles hang on to beat Idaho State, 56-53

CHENEY, Wash. — Vernon Adams threw for four touchdowns and ran for two more as Eastern Washington held off Idaho State 56-53 on Saturday.

Adams hit Cooper Kupp with a 35-yard strike with 7:19 to play, setting the Big Sky Conference record with his 99th career scoring pass, passing Cameron Higgins of Weber State (98), while also surpassing 10,000 yards of total offense.

Justin Arias tied the ISU school record with six touchdown passes when he found KW Williams from 17 yards out with 2:38 left.

The Eagles converted on a fourth-and-2 at the Idaho State 30 with 2 minutes left to secure the win.

EWU (5-1, 2-0) finished with 617 yards. Adams threw for 354, Mario Brown ran for 126 and Kupp had 132 and three TDs on eight receptions.

Idaho State (2-3, 1-1) had 614 yards. Arias threw for 421, Xavier Finney rushed for 118 and Madison Mangum had 132 and two scores on seven catches.