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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