Published January 08, 2015
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.