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Crazy rally delivers Big Sky's top spot to Eagles

Eastern scores twice in final 1:44 to rally past Portland State 42-41


Harlan Shellabarger

Eastern Washington University's Ronald Baines (24) makes one of his two interceptions in last Saturday's 42-41 football win over Portland State. The last-minute victory on a touchdown pass to Cooper Kupp with 31 seconds remaining allowed the Eagles to finish a perfect 8-0 in Big Sky Conference play for the first time in program history.

It was a game where one team had everything to gain, and the other nothing to lose.

In the end the script played out in almost unimaginable fashion for both.

In the span of the final 1 minute, 44 seconds, Eastern Washington had to score twice, watch a Portland State extra point fail and then survive the game's final play where the Vikings got the ball to the EWU 23 with a pass play and series of laterals with no time remaining in order to claim a 42-41 Big Sky Conference football victory.

With the win, third-ranked Eastern Washington delivered the school its first undefeated league finish a...

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