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Eastern Washington outlasts Sam Houston St. 56-35

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 23, 2014 at 8:05 pm •  Published: August 23, 2014
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CHENEY, Wash. (AP) — Vernon Adams threw for 302 yards and four touchdowns to lead Eastern Washington to a 56-35 victory over Sam Houston State on Saturday in the first college football game of the season.

The game matched traditional NCAA Football Championship Subdivision powerhouses. Eastern Washington is ranked first and Sam Houston 14th in the FCS coaches' poll.

Adams completed 26 of 48 passes with one interception. Quincy Forte added 152 yards on 23 carries for the Eagles, who had 624 total yards.

"That quarterback is really special," Sam Houston coach K.C. Keeler said. "He's a young man who made a lot of big plays."

Overthrows and dropped balls kept Adams from making several big plays. The game was tied 21-21 at halftime.

"I was getting IVs (in the first half)," Adams said. "I was cramping up, and my quarterbacks coach (Zak Hill) told me I had to work on my technique. In the first half, I was nervous and sloppy."

For Sam Houston, Jared Johnson passed for 317 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Keshawn Hill ran the ball 17 times for 133 yards and one touchdown. The Bearkats had 542 total yards, but were hurt by 16 penalties for 159 yards.

"Just way too many (penalties)," Keeler said. "They're a good football team. We had to play cleaner to have a chance to win."

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