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Eastern Washington pulls away from Wagner

Eastern Washington's road to the 2010 FCS national championship was paved with numerous close games.

So the scare Eastern Washington got from Wagner before it prevailed, 29-19, in the second round of the playoffs Saturday night may just indicate what's ahead for the Eagles.

Coach Beau Baldwin's second-seeded squad from the Big Sky Conference overcame three turnovers and scored the final 15 points after trailing 19-14 late in the third quarter. The Eagles (10-2) advanced to the national quarterfinals, where they will host Illinois State (9-3) next weekend.

Wagner, the Northeast Conference champion, entered the game on an FCS-high nine-game winning streak. The Seahawks trailed 14-6 at halftime, but took the 19-14 lead in the third quarter after Jerome Williams' 1-yard touchdown run and David Lopez's third and fourth fields goals of the game.

Eastern Washington reclaimed the lead on Quincy Forte's 3-yard touchdown run on the final play of the third quarter. A Kyle Padron pass to Brandon Kaufman for the two-point conversion extended the lead to 22-14.

Demitrius Bronson then basically put away Eastern Washington's win with a 2- yard touchdown with 4:02 left in the fourth quarter.

Padron completed 26-of-36 pass attempts for 327 yards, a first-quarter touchdown to Ryan Ceto and one interception. Kaufman caught 10 passes for 174 yards.

Wagner quarterback Nick Doscher had 169 yards of total offense. The Seahawks (9-4) played without 1,000-yard rusher Dominique Williams.

It was the first-ever meeting between the two programs.