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No. 6 Eastern Washington thumps Cal Poly, 70-17, in conference opener

Cal Poly quarterback Khaleel Jenkins hands the ball off to fullback Joe Protheroe during the Mustangs’ loss to Eastern Washington at Roos Field on Saturday in Cheney, Washington.
Cal Poly quarterback Khaleel Jenkins hands the ball off to fullback Joe Protheroe during the Mustangs’ loss to Eastern Washington at Roos Field on Saturday in Cheney, Washington. Eastern Washington University

Sixth-ranked Eastern Washington rushed for more than 400 yards and scored two defensive touchdowns en route to a 70-17 victory over visiting Cal Poly in a Big Sky Conference football game Saturday at Roos Field in Cheney.

Antoine Custer rushed for 133 yards and two touchdowns, and Gage Gubrud went 21-of-27 for 215 yards through the air to lead the Eagles (3-1, 1-0 Big Sky).

Joe Protheroe rushed for a game-high 176 yards on 34 carries for the Mustangs (1-3, 0-1 Big Sky). The senior fullback is now 18 yards away from reaching the 3,000-yard mark for his career.

Two of Cal Poly’s four fumbles were returned for touchdowns, helping Eastern Washington take a 35-10 lead into halftime.

Cal Poly quarterback Khaleel Jenkins added 70 yards on 25 carries. J’uan Campbell scored both of the Mustangs’ touchdowns on the ground: a 5-yard run in the second quarter and a 39-yard rush in the third.

Alex Vega made a 23-yard field goal for Cal Poly.

Sophomore linebacker Matt Shotwell recorded double-digit tackles for the third straight game, making 11 stops to lead a Mustangs defense that allowed more than 650 total yards.

Eastern Washington’s 70 points were the most allowed by Cal Poly since an 88-0 loss to Pacific in 1949.

Cal Poly will be back in action next week when the Mustangs host No. 20 Montana at 4:05 p.m. Saturday inside Alex G. Spanos Stadium.

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