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EWU's Dascalo Kicks Game-Winning FG as Eagles Escape UNC With a Win

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Cooper Kupp had 275 yards and three touchdowns as EWU held on for a win at Northern Colorado. (Photo: EWU) Cooper Kupp had 275 yards and three touchdowns as EWU held on for a win at Northern Colorado. (Photo: EWU)

by EWU Athletics

It didn't take long for Cooper Kupp to overcome more than 50 years of Big Sky Conference football history. But it took an eternity -- 60 minutes to be exact -- for the Eagles to put away the opportunistic Bears.

Jordan Dascalo made a 44-yard field goal with no time remaining on a day in which Kupp became the league's all-time leader in receptions and reception yards, lifting Eastern Washington past Northern Colorado 43-41 Saturday (Oct. 24) at Nottingham Field in Greeley, Colo.

The Eagles rallied from deficits five times, and needed a nine-play, 49-yard drive that took 1:19 off the clock to set-up Dascalo's game-winning kick. That came after UNC scored with 1:23 to play on a three-play drive following a successful onside kick.

Normally EWU's punter, Dascalo had to take on kicking duties recently as an injury replacement.

"It was one of those hard-fought games on the road," said Eastern head coach Beau Baldwin. "At different times they felt in control, and then we felt in control up 12. But give them credit - they made plays. Ultimately it took us to go down and make a big field goal by Dascalo. When he hit it there was never a doubt - he drilled it. Give him credit, he hasn't kicked a lot of those. He does in practice, but he hasn't been our field goal kicker. But he keeps getting better and better. He just hasn't kicked much in the past."

Kupp finished with school records of 20 catches and 275 yards, and also scored three touchdowns. That brought his career totals to 281 receptions, 4,338 yards and 52 touchdowns. A pair of second quarter grabs broke the previous league receptions record of 268 held by Kasey Dunn of Idaho (1988-91). A 19-yard reception during a last-minute touchdown drive in the second quarter surpassed the previous league record of 4,140 yards held by EWU's Eric Kimble (2002-05).

Kupp has played only 35 games in his career, and now finds himself within striking distance of several FCS records, including the touchdown record. He now has 52 TD receptions in his career, just six behind the record of 58.

Eastern is now 5-2 on the season with a five-game winning streak, but the first three wins came by a total of just 14 points. Eastern is 4-0 in the Big Sky.

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