Corvallis, OR – He's only a sophomore, but Vernon Adams is staking himself as one of the most exciting players in the FCS.
The Eastern Washington quarterback accounted for 518 yards of total offense and six touchdowns, including a game-winning, 2-yard run with 18 seconds left, as the Eagles upset Oregon State, 49-46, in the season opener for both squads Saturday.
EWU (1-0) entered the game ranked fourth in the FCS, while Oregon State (0-1) was 25th-ranked in the FBS.
Adams' winning rollout around right end completed an 11-play, 75-yard drive which erased Oregon State's 43-39 lead.
Adams, who threw for six touchdowns in EWU's final game last season - an FCS national semifinal loss to Sam Houston State - completed 23-of-30 pass attempts for 411 yards and four touchdowns while also rushing for 107 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries.
Nine of Adams' completions went to Ashton Clark for 155 yards and one touchdown. Cooper Kupp caught five passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns.
The two teams combined on 1,155 yards without any turnovers.