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EWU Rallies For Win at Sacramento State, Kupp Breaks Big Sky TD Record

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Jordan West passed for an Eastern Washington school-record 491 yards and three touchdowns, and Kendrick Bourne caught seven passes for a career-high 204 yards and a score to help the Eagles overcome a 20-7 halftime deficit and beat Sacramento State 28-20 on Saturday night.
    
It was the West's second-consecutive game with at least 400 yards passing.
    
Cooper Kupp finished with 10 receptions for 133 yards and two touchdowns for Eastern Washington (2-2, 1-0 Big Sky). The junior now has 47 career touchdown receptions - in just 32 games - breaking the conference record of 46, held by former Eagle Eric Kimble (2002-05).

“The record he broke was by a student-athlete who had an amazing career here at Eastern, and it was a pleasure to coach Eric Kimble,” said Eastern head coach Beau Baldwin, who was offensive coordinator at EWU from 2003-06. “It was an incredible record that was going to be very hard to break. But Eric would be the first to say he would like no other person to break a record like that because Cooper works for everything he achieves. He has amazing ability, but to break a record like that is because of what he does every day to make himself a better player. But no matter how good a football player Cooper is, he’s an even better person and teammate.”
    
Sacramento State (1-3, 0-1) scored 17-straight points to take a 20-7 lead into halftime, but Eastern Washington scored 21 unanswered in the third quarter, including a 98-yard catch-and-run by Bourne, to seal it.
    
Eastern Washington was scoreless in the second quarter, snapping a streak of 61 consecutive quarters in which it had scored.

“Our team did a great job of attacking that second half,” said Baldwin. “But, we can learn from going on the road and how we start. We need to stay more consistent throughout the game.”

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