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Eagles stay grounded, yet fly atop the Big Sky

Celebration time for the Eagles. - YOUNG KWAK
Young Kwak
Celebration time for the Eagles.

We've become accustomed to Eastern Washington airing it out against opponents behind star quarterback Gage Gubrud and his rapidly expanding cast of skilled receivers, but on Saturday, the Eagles used a battering-ram day of running to beat Montana State 31-19 and stay atop the Big Sky Conference.

There was a lot to cheer about against Montana State. - YOUNG KWAK
Young Kwak
There was a lot to cheer about against Montana State.

The Eagles went up early on the Bobcats from Bozeman and stayed there, thanks to sophomore running back Antoine Custer Jr.'s 147 yards and two touchdowns. They got a little sloppy in the fourth quarter, allowing Montana State back into the game, but held on for a victory — their 12th consecutive in conference play — that makes Eastern 4-0 in the Big Sky heading into Saturday's game at Southern Utah University, which beat a strong Weber State team on the road Saturday. This one could be tricky.

Wide receiver Jayson Williams hauls one in. - YOUNG KWAK
Young Kwak
Wide receiver Jayson Williams hauls one in.

Saturday's win took EWU up to No. 8 in the country in the Football Championship Subdivision coaches poll. Keep up with the Eagles and the rest of the region's football teams every week in our Monday Morning Placekicker blog on Inlander.com.

EWU quarterback Gage Gubrud - YOUNG KWAK
Young Kwak
EWU quarterback Gage Gubrud

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Young Kwak

Young Kwak is a photographer at the Inlander. He has worked on stories ranging from silver mining and cattle ranching to car racing and backyard wrestling, learning a lot about the Inland Northwest in the process...

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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...