Sept. 8, 2012; Pullman, WA, USA; Washington State Cougars wide receiver Isiah Myers (88) makes a catch for a touchdown in front of Eastern Washington Eagles safety Allen Brown (4) during the first half at Martin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-US PRESSWIRE

Washington State Vs. Eastern Washington: Cougars Hold On For 24-20 Win

The Washington State Cougars gave Mike Leach his first win at WSU, but Eastern Washington pushed them to the brink.

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Eastern Washington Vs. Washington State 2012: Cougs Survive, 24-20

The Washington State Cougars hung on for a 24-20 win over the Eastern Washington Eagles in a sloppy game at Martin Stadium on Saturday. The Eagles gave WSU all they could handle, including out-gaining the Cougs, but were undone by some crucial turnovers in the second quarter.

Wazzu starting quarterback Jeff Tuel left the game with a right knee injury in the third quarter after completed 20 of 27 passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns to wide receiver Isiah Myers. The senior was able to walk off under his own power, but did not return to the game.

Sophomore Connor Halliday came in for the Cougars and threw an inteception in his first full drive. The next time WSU had the ball he drove them down to the goal line with a chance to ice the game away, but running back Teondray Caldwell fumbled the ball back to Eastern Washington.

The Eagles went on a 99-yard touchdown drive immediately following that fumble as Kyle Padron connected with Brandon Kaufman for the second time on the day to bring EWU within four points at 24-20.

The extra point was blocked, then WSU recovered an EWU onside kick attempt. It looked like WSU would put the game away on a long touchdown run by Caldwell, but it was called back on a hold by tackle John Fullington. It happened again two plays later, as a long Marquess Wilson touchdown was undone by another hold

WSU punted the ball back to Eastern for one final drive. EWU made it all the way down to the WSU 32 for one final heave, but it fell incomplete and the Cougars survived for the victory.

Padron had an erratic day for the Eagles. He made some big plays, including a 93-yard touchdown pass to Kaufman. He also made some key mistakes, throwing interceptions that led to all ten of WSU's second-quarter points.

For more on Wazzu football, visit Washington State blog Coug Center, plus Pac-12 blog Pacific Takes.

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Washington State Vs. Eastern Washington: WSU Leads 24-14 At Half

The Washington State Cougars are getting all they can handle from a talented Eastern Washington offense in the first half of their game on Saturday afternoon. The Eagles matched punches with the Cougars for the first quarter and a half, tying the game at 14-14 and possessing the ball.

The game took a turn for the Cougs when WSU linebacker Cyrus Coen picked off a Kyle Padron pass and took it deep into EWU territory. Wazzu took the lead back at 21-14 moments later as Jeff Tuel hooked up with Isiah Myers for their second touchdown combination of the day.

The Cougar offense struggled to get much going for the rest of the quarter, even as the WSU defense was finally able to get a series of stops.

Tuel ends the half 13/18 for 124 yards and two touchdowns. EWU's quarterback, Kyle Padron, has been inconsistent, making big plays for and against the Eagles, and he set up both of WSU's scores in the second quarter with interceptions.

Andrew Furney ended the half with an amazing 60-yard field goal to put WSU up 24-14.

For more on Wazzu football, visit Washington State blog Coug Center, plus Pac-12 blog Pacific Takes.

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Washington State Vs. Eastern Washington: 1st Quarter Score Update, Recap

The Washington State Cougars couldn't score a touchdown in their season-opening loss to BYU, but they already have two against the Eastern Washington Eagles on Saturday afternoon. The Cougars lead 14-7 after one quarter of play in Mike Leach's debut in newly-remodeled Martin Stadium.

Wazzu jumped on top with 5:42 left in the first when Jeff Tuel connected with Isiah Myers on a 2-yard touchdown pass.

The WSU defense has struggled against the EWU offense, which features three preseason FCS All-American wide receivers. The Eagles answered right back with a 93-yard touchdown pass from SMU-transfer Kyle Padron to Brandon Kaufman.

The Cougs came back with a touchdown to take the lead on a 10-yard Carl Winston touchdown run late in the first quarter. Eastern answered again, and is driving into Washington State territory as the second quarter begins.

For more on Wazzu football, visit Washington State blog Coug Center, plus Pac-12 blog Pacific Takes.

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