The 2013 football season was one of the best for chaos in college football. No one was safe, and there are many games from the Group—I mean, non-BCS conferences—worth looking back. This is the Forgotten 5 2013 Rewind.
Yesterday we looked at a group of upsets from Week 1 that featured FCS victories over Midwestern teams. Today we continue our look back on Week 1, but this time we’re going out west.
This time, a future Oregon star blasts his in-state rival at Eastern Washington, and San Diego State feels the full force of Eastern Illinois. The Panthers ran away with three unanswered touchdowns in the second half and the victory.
- Eastern Washington outlasts Oregon State 49-46
Unlike the North Dakota State game that first weekend, the FCS team gave up its lead in Corvallis. The Eagles were up 29-17 at halftime. In the third quarter, disaster struck for the Eagles.
Oregon State took its first drive to the house. On the next possession, EWU quarterback Vernon Adams went down with cramps and the team punted for the first and only time that day. Oregon responded with a touchdown to take the lead.
Adams was not out though. In his own words, he “took an IV, came back.” EWU was back too, and the two teams began to swap scores. With less than five minutes left in the game, Oregon State held a 46-43 lead.
The Eagles drove 75 yards down the field, Adams ran it in from two yards out and Eastern Washington held the lead with 18 seconds left. He couldn’t convert the two-point attempt, leaving room for one last shot at overtime.
The Beavers missed a 52-yard field goal as time expired, ending the shootout. Oregon State punted three times, kicked a field goal and missed the one. The other six drives ended in touchdowns, and the Beavers gained 527 total yards.
On the other hand, Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams accounted for as many touchdowns—six—and just ten fewer yards than the other team combined—411 through the air and 107 on the ground.
If you’re wondering, yes. This is the same Vernon Adams who transferred to Autzen and won PAC-12 Newcomer of the Year. In his senior year the Ducks beat OSU, though they combined for 94 points.
Two years earlier, a pair of EWU wide receivers accounted for more than 100 yards apiece: Cooper Kupp (now with the Rams) and Ashton Clark. Each caught for more yards than Oregon State’s rushers had put together.
- Eastern Illinois throttles San Diego State 40-19
The scoring drive chart for Eastern Illinois’ near-blowout looks like I took the Eastern Washington chart and wrote it backwards. The two teams fought back and forth for scores, and the visitors went into halftime up 19-16. Just over four minutes into the second half, San Diego State nailed a 38-yard field goal to tie the game.
Then came the onslaught—three unanswered touchdowns. The Panthers quarterback, some guy named James Garoppolo, had already thrown for three touchdowns, and would throw for 361 yards. He owned the first half, but in the second the Panthers stuck to the ground.
Running back Taylor Duncan ran in a two-yard score to take the lead. After a pair of downed punts, EIU’s Shepherd Little brought one back to pad the Panthers’ lead. An Aztec fumble led to a missed field goal, but after a pair of turnovers (on downs and interception) Duncan exploded for a 48-yard touchdown, the cherry on top of the 40-19 win.
The Panther defense deserves just as much credit as the offense, though, forcing four interceptions total and a fumble. Kicker Cameron Berra missed two PATs and a 39-yard field goal, but in addition to the return touchdown, the punt unit came up with a block.
In all, Eastern Illinois absolutely dominated the second half of this game. The Panthers limited the Aztecs to 122 yards rushing, and that included a certain freshman named Donnel Pumphrey, who made his college debut that night. Perhaps he used that game as motivation.
Up next in the Forgotten 5 2013 Rewind: The FCS Smackdown.