BIG MATCHUP: Eastern Reaches Home-Home Deal with Sam Houston - SWX Right Now-Sports for Spokane, CdA, Tri-Cities, WA

Eastern Washington Football

BIG MATCHUP: Eastern Reaches Home-Home Deal with Sam Houston State

Updated:
Eastern Washington will play at Sam Houston in 2013, and Sam Houston will pay a visit to Cheney in 2014 (Photo: EWU Athletics) Eastern Washington will play at Sam Houston in 2013, and Sam Houston will pay a visit to Cheney in 2014 (Photo: EWU Athletics)

by EWU Athletics

Two teams who have reached the NCAA Division I Football Championship game the past two seasons will start a home-and-home series beginning in the 2013 campaign.

Eastern Washington, the 2010 champs in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, will travel to Huntsville, Texas, to play Sam Houston State on Sept. 28, 2013. The Bearkats, who lost to North Dakota State 17-6 in last year's FCS title game, will play in Cheney at Roos Field on Sept. 13, 2014.

The announcement was jointly made by Eastern Athletic Director Bill Chaves, and his counterpart at SHSU, Bobby Williams.

"This series should be a tremendous matchup between two programs that have made a significant impact on the national scene recently," said Chaves. "Regular season games like this continue to strengthen and add excitement to FCS Football."

A year ago, Eastern won six of its last seven games, and narrowly missed the playoffs with a 6-5 record. Meanwhile, Sam Houston State rolled to 14 consecutive football victories and its first outright Southland Conference football title. The Bearkats were the No. 1 seed in the playoffs and advanced to the championship game in Frisco, Texas, located just 200 miles from their campus.

A year earlier, Eastern finished the 2010 season with 11-straight wins, including a 20-19 victory over Delaware in the title tilt in Frisco. Sam Houston, meanwhile, was 6-5 in its first season under head coach Willie Fritz.

Eastern has made eight playoff appearances (1985, 1992, 1997, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010), while the Bearkats have made five (1986, 1991, 2001, 2004, 2011). The two schools staged an epic postseason battle in Cheney on Dec. 5, 2004, when Sam Houston State rallied in the fourth-quarter for a 35-34 victory over the Eagles. The Bearkats won on the game's final play, scoring three touchdowns in the last 11:04 after Eastern had taken a 34-14 fourth-quarter lead.

"Matching up in a non-league contest versus an incredible program like Sam Houston State will be a huge challenge for us," said Eastern head coach Beau Baldwin, who was EWU's offensive coordinator in the 2004 contest. "The run they went on in 2011 was very impressive, and I know Coach Fritz will keep doing things at a high level. Home and home matchups like this will only help the overall product of FCS football."

That game is the only previous meeting between the two schools, and, interestingly, was the final game in the Eastern career of current Tennessee Titan Michael Roos. Since then, Roos has had the stadium re-named after him (it was formerly Woodward Field) because of his philanthropic efforts on behalf of EWU, including a donation toward the red Sprinturf surface at the "Inferno."

Just over six years later, Eastern had a dramatic rally of its own, scoring all 20 of its points in the final 16:48 to beat Delaware for the national championship.

Eastern is 3-5 all-time against current members of the Southland Conference, with all but two of those meetings taking place in the playoffs. The Bearkats are 7-10 overall against schools from the Big Sky, including victories over Montana State (49-13) and Montana (31-28) en route to the 2011 title game. Eastern lost to both of those schools in 2011, falling 17-14 versus the Griz and 36-21 at home against the Bobcats.

  • Local Sports from SWXLocal Sports from SWXMore>>

  • What Does Russell Wilson's Divorce Mean for the Seahawks in 2014

    What Does Russell Wilson's Divorce Mean for the Seahawks in 2014

    After the Seattle Seahawks announced a statement for their Super Bowl-winning quarterback Russell Wilson that he was filing for divorce from his wife, only one question popped into my head. What is going to happen to Danger-Russ on the field? More >>
    After the Seattle Seahawks announced a statement for their Super Bowl-winning quarterback Russell Wilson that he was filing for divorce from his wife, only one question popped into my head. What is going to happen to Danger-Russ on the field? More >>
  • Seattle Avoids an Astros Sweep

    Seattle Avoids an Astros Sweep

    Josh Fields knew he wasn't as sharp as the previous two nights, when he saved games against the Mariners. Kyle Seager noticed, as well, jumping on a first-pitch fastball and ending Houston's hope of sweeping Seattle.More >>
    Josh Fields knew he wasn't as sharp as the previous two nights, when he saved games against the Mariners. Kyle Seager noticed, as well, jumping on a first-pitch fastball and ending Houston's hope of sweeping Seattle.More >>
  • Shock Look To Rebound vs. Tampa Bay

    Shock Look To Rebound vs. Tampa Bay

    The Spokane Shock (3-2) hit the road for a nationally televised game against the Tampa Bay Storm (3-3) this Saturday, April 26 at 4:30 p.m. PDT in the Tampa Bay Times Forum.More >>
    The Spokane Shock (3-2) hit the road for a nationally televised game against the Tampa Bay Storm (3-3) this Saturday, April 26 at 4:30 p.m. PDT in the Tampa Bay Times Forum.More >>
  • College SportsCollegeMore>>

  • EWU and WSU Add Matchup in 2018

    EWU and WSU Add Matchup in 2018

    Washington State has added Eastern Washington to its 2018 football schedule, WSU Director of Athletics Bill Moos announced Wednesday.The game is scheduled for Sept. 15, 2018 in Martin Stadium.More >>
    Washington State has added Eastern Washington to its 2018 football schedule, WSU Director of Athletics Bill Moos announced Wednesday.The game is scheduled for Sept. 15, 2018 in Martin Stadium.More >>
  • Idaho's Butterworth Named WAC Track Athlete of the Week

    Idaho's Butterworth Named WAC Track Athlete of the Week

    Idaho’s Alycia Butterworth has been named the Western Athletic Conference Women’s Track Athlete of the Week, for April 14-20, the conference announced on Tuesday.More >>
    Idaho’s Alycia Butterworth has been named the Western Athletic Conference Women’s Track Athlete of the Week, for April 14-20, the conference announced on Tuesday.More >>
  • Zags Top WSU 7-2

    Zags Top WSU 7-2

    Payden Cawley Lamb and Sam Brown each drove home two runs as the Gonzaga University baseball team triumphed over Washington State University 7-2 Tuesday night at Bailey-Brayton Field.More >>
    Payden Cawley Lamb and Sam Brown each drove home two runs as the Gonzaga University baseball team triumphed over Washington State University 7-2 Tuesday night at Bailey-Brayton Field.More >>
  • Eastern WashingtonEastern WashingtonMore>>

  • EWU and WSU Add Matchup in 2018

    EWU and WSU Add Matchup in 2018

    Washington State has added Eastern Washington to its 2018 football schedule, WSU Director of Athletics Bill Moos announced Wednesday.The game is scheduled for Sept. 15, 2018 in Martin Stadium.More >>
    Washington State has added Eastern Washington to its 2018 football schedule, WSU Director of Athletics Bill Moos announced Wednesday.The game is scheduled for Sept. 15, 2018 in Martin Stadium.More >>
  • Eagles' Mahoney Selected as Big Sky Track Athlete of the Week

    Eagles' Mahoney Selected as Big Sky Track Athlete of the Week

    Katie Mahoney of the Eastern Washington University women’s track and field team was selected as the Big Sky Conference women’s track athlete of the week for the week of April 22 after putting together one of the best weekends ever by an Eagle distance runner at the Mt. SAC Relays, April 18, in Walnut, Calif., and Beach Invitational, April 19, in Norwalk, Calif.More >>
    Katie Mahoney of the Eastern Washington University women’s track and field team was selected as the Big Sky Conference women’s track athlete of the week for the week of April 22 after putting together one of the best weekends ever by an Eagle distance runner at the Mt. SAC Relays, April 18, in Walnut, Calif., and Beach Invitational, April 19, in Norwalk, Calif.More >>
  • EWU AD Bill Chaves in Studio to Kick Off "Eagle Week"

    EWU AD Bill Chaves in Studio to Kick Off "Eagle Week"

    Eastern Washington University Athletics Director Bill Chaves joined John Collett in the SWX Studio as the guest anchor on SWX Tonight this past Monday, April 21, and also gave us an one-on-one to kick off "Eagle Week."More >>
    Eastern Washington University Athletics Director Bill Chaves joined John Collett in the SWX Studio as the guest anchor on SWX Tonight this past Monday, April 21, and also gave us an one-on-one to kick off "Eagle Week."More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and SWXRN. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.