PORTLAND, Ore. – Jabari Wilson rushed for three touchdowns and Vernon Adams Jr. passed for 309 yards and two more as Eastern Washington scored six TDs after halftime, defeating Portland State 56-34 Friday night and winning its third-straight Big Sky Conference championship.
The three-peat is a first for Eastern (10-2, 7-1), which also earns the Big Sky's automatic berth to the FCS playoffs for the eighth time in 11 seasons.
Wilson, a sophomore starting in place of Quincy Forte (ankle), rushed for a career-high 132 yards. He scored on runs of 1 and 6 yards to put the Eagles up 35-20 after halftime.
After the Vikings (3-9, 2-6) closed to 35-27 on Kieran McDonagh's third TD pass, Eastern scored three quick TDs on a long pass to Copper Kupp, a 90-yard kickoff return by Shaq Hill and a pick six covering 73 yards by Tevin McDonald.
Portland, down 14-0 early, tied with two TDs in 47 seconds just before halftime.