Monday, November 7, 2016

Monday Morning Place Kicker: Eags, Cougs destroy; Vandals oh-so-close to bowling

Posted By on Mon, Nov 7, 2016 at 10:05 AM

While the Seahawks play tonight, giving all the 12s in the area something to do on a Monday as they take on the Buffalo Bills, there was a lot of football happening over the weekend, and almost all of it was good news for local pigskin fans. Let's check it out:

click to enlarge The Eags' D bottled up one of the best running games in the nation against Cal Poly. - EWU ATHLETICS
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The Eags' D bottled up one of the best running games in the nation against Cal Poly.


The Eastern Washington footballers kept on keepin' on this weekend with a road win over Cal Poly, a team that relies on a tricky run-option attack that causes headaches for many teams, but not so much the Eags. The defense bottled up the No. 14 Mustangs just enough to assure a relatively easy win, 42-21. The No. 3-ranked Eagles remain undefeated in the Big Sky, tied atop the conference with North Dakota, and take on Idaho State in Cheney Saturday.
The Big Takeaway: Super-receiver Cooper Kupp threw for two touchdowns in addition to catching 11 balls for 154 yards and a touchdown. That's ridiculous.
What to say to your Eags' fan friends today: "Imagine if Cooper played quarterback last season!"

click to enlarge Quarterback Luke Falk tossed four TDs against Arizona. - WSU ATHLETICS
WSU Athletics
Quarterback Luke Falk tossed four TDs against Arizona.


Washington State celebrated getting to play a rare day game with an utter destruction of Arizona, beating the team from Tucson 69-7. Yes, you read that correctly. It was 24-0 in the first quarter, and hardly worth watching after that. The Cougs moved up to No. 23 in the rankings, and have a home game against Cal on Saturday.
The Big Takeaway: The Cougs remain on track for a big Apple Cup showdown with UW, as both teams are undefeated in the Pac-12.
What to say to your Cougs fan friends today: "Sure was nice to get outside after that first quarter."

click to enlarge The Vandals defense held the Ragin' Cajuns to less than 300 total yards. - IDAHO ATHLETICS
Idaho Athletics
The Vandals defense held the Ragin' Cajuns to less than 300 total yards.


Those Cajuns? Not so Ragin'! Idaho went on the road to Louisana-Lafayette and took down the Ragin' Cajuns 23-13. Can you tell I like the name "Ragin' Cajuns"? But I digress. This was a HUGE win for Idaho, taking them to 5-4 overall and 3-2 in the Sun Belt conference.
The Big Takeaway: Idaho now has three games left, and only need to win one to be bowl-eligible. Holy crap—the Vandals are probably going to a bowl game!
What to say to your Vandal fan friends today: "We gotta get some tickets for the Kibbie Dome!"

Yes, Gonzaga and WSU and Whitworth and points in between started their college hoops season, and we'll start paying attention to them as soon as the competition gets worthwhile and the preseason blowouts are over.

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Dan Nailen is the managing editor of the Inlander, where he oversees coverage of arts and culture. He's previously written and edited for The Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City Weekly, Missoula Independent, Salt Lake Magazine, The Oregonian and KUER-FM. He grew up seeing the country in an Air Force family and studied...