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Eagles out of FCS postseason

Despite poll rankings of No. 17 and No. 19, Eastern fails to make bracket in field of 24


November 23, 2017

Paul Delaney

Nic Sblendorio hauls in this pass that turned into a 74-yard third quarter touchdown play in EWU's 59-33 win over Portland State last Saturday at Roos Field. Sblendorio had nine catches and a pair of touchdowns. Both scores came on spectacular catches followed by long runs. Sblendorio had 273 receiving yards in what turned out to be the final game of his EWU career. He was just shy of the single game receiving record of 275 yards set by Cooper Kupp.

Nic Sblendorio's last collegiate game will at least be very memorable.

The Eastern Washington University senior wide receiver caught nine passes for 273 yards and a pair of touchdowns. His were not just run-of-the-mill scores but long catch and runs.

One came when the ball bounced off his helmet, high into the air and he battled a pair of Viking defenders to corral the catch and race 60 yards for a score that gave his team a 24-14 second quarter lead.

The other put the exclamation point on Eastern's 59-33 destruction of Portland State last Saturday at Roos Field as the one-time transfer fro...

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