Defense and special teams key for Eastern Washington's 27-24 victory at Montana State

Eastern Washington's Evan Day scored on a blocked punt and Jordan Tonani scored on an interception return early in the fourth quarter to give the Eagles a 27-24 win Saturday over Montana State.

The plays occurred 59 seconds apart and gave the Eagles a 27-17 lead.

Montana State scored with 2:38 to play on a 2-yard pass from DeNarius McGhee to John Ellis and got the ball back with 1:38 to go, but turned it over on downs at its own 23 after three straight sacks by the Eastern Washington defense.

Montana State (6-1, 3-1 Big Sky) took a 10-3 lead at halftime, but McGhee's first pass attempt was intercepted by Ronnie Hamlin. Eastern Washington (5-1, 4-0) then scored 10 straight points on a Jimmy Pavel 39-yard field goal and a 33-yard pass from Vernon Adams to Quincy Forte to go up 13-10.