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Eastern Washington has proven to be a pest for Pac-12 foes

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 8:47 p.m.

Eastern Washington has been a pest for its Pac-12 opposition.

Since 2011, the Eagles’ six games against the likes of Washington State, Washington, Oregon and Oregon State have been decided by an average of 6.3 points.

Four were decided by four points or less. Just one, a 61-43 loss at Oregon in 2015, was a double-digit decision. EWU outgained its big-school foe in five of the six games.

If history is any indication, EWU’s third meeting with Washington State since 2012 on Saturday will be a white-knuckle affair.

2011: Washington 30, EWU 27

The Eagles’ first game since winning the 2010 FCS national title. Bo Levi Mitchell and the Eagles doubled up the Huskies in yards (504-250) and reached the red zone for a chance to win or tie in the final minute. The Huskies’ Desmond Trufant intercepted Mitchell in the end zone with 29 seconds left, however, to ice the game. The Eagles led 10-7 late in the first quarter, but trailed the rest of the way.

2012: Washington State 24, EWU 20

EWU QB Kyle Padron’s Hail Mary nearly fell into the hands of receiver Nick Edwards in the final seconds, but was batted away. The Eagles’ offense outgained the Cougars 469-355. EWU never led.

2013: EWU 49, Oregon State 46

Sophomore quarterback Vernon Adams had his way with the Beavers in Corvallis, passing for 411 yards and rushing for 107, including the game-winning touchdown run with 18 seconds left. The Eagles outgained the Beavers 625-527.

Eastern Washington's Vernon Adams Jr. (3) runs against Oregon State during an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, in Corvallis, Ore. Adams passed for 411 yards and ran for 107 to lead Eastern Washington to a 49-46 victory over No. 25 Oregon State. (Andy Cripe / AP)
Eastern Washington's Vernon Adams Jr. (3) runs against Oregon State during an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, in Corvallis, Ore. Adams passed for 411 yards and ran for 107 to lead Eastern Washington to a 49-46 victory over No. 25 Oregon State. (Andy Cripe / AP)

2014: Washington 59, EWU 52

The Huskies put EWU in a quick 21-0 hole. EWU, behind Vernon Adams’ 475 passing yards and seven touchdowns, rallied to take a 45-44 lead in the fourth quarter, but it wouldn’t last. EWU outgained the Huskies 573-536.

Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. throws against Washington Huskies in the second half of an NCAA football game Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in Seattle. Washington won 59-52. (Elaine Thompson / AP)
Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. throws against Washington Huskies in the second half of an NCAA football game Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in Seattle. Washington won 59-52. (Elaine Thompson / AP)

2015: Oregon 61, EWU 43

Vernon Adams was on the field, but he wasn’t wearing red. Adams, a graduate transfer QB for Oregon, helped the Ducks jump out to a 13-0 first-quarter lead in a game Oregon never trailed. Adams passed for 246 yards and two touchdowns against his former squad, and rushed for 94 yards. Cooper Kupp scorched the Ducks’ secondary, hauling in 15 passes for 246 yards and three touchdowns. Oregon outgained the Eagles 731-549.

Oregon quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. (3) hands off the football to running back Kani Benoit (29) during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Eastern Washington, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, in Eugene, Ore. (Ryan Kang / AP)
Oregon quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. (3) hands off the football to running back Kani Benoit (29) during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Eastern Washington, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, in Eugene, Ore. (Ryan Kang / AP)

2016: EWU 45, Washington State 42

Akin to Adams’ dismantling of Oregon State three years prior, redshirt sophomore quarterback Gage Gubrud, a former walk-on, had a sterling debut as a starter in Pullman, accounting for more than 500 total yards and the deciding touchdown run in the final minutes. EWU outgained the Cougars 606-515.

Eastern Washington Eagles quarterback Gage Gubrud (8) runs the ball in for a touchdown to seal the game for EWU against Washington State Cougars cornerback Kirkland Parker (10) during the second half of a college football game on Saturday, Sep 3, 2016, at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash. EWU won the game 45-42. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Eastern Washington Eagles quarterback Gage Gubrud (8) runs the ball in for a touchdown to seal the game for EWU against Washington State Cougars cornerback Kirkland Parker (10) during the second half of a college football game on Saturday, Sep 3, 2016, at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash. EWU won the game 45-42. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

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