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LIVE ON SWX: EWU Won't Look Back Vs. Montana-Western

Eastern Washington will look to avoid a huge-win hangover vs. Montana-Western on Saturday live on SWX. Eastern Washington will look to avoid a huge-win hangover vs. Montana-Western on Saturday live on SWX.

by EWU Athletics

In college football, you can't look back. And you can't look forward too much either.

Coming off a monumental victory, the top-ranked Eastern Washington University football team remains at home to face Montana Western on Saturday ,Aug. 30, on Youth Football Day at Roos Field. Kickoff is 6:05 p.m. Pacific time versus the Bulldogs, a member of the NAIA and the Frontier Conference.

Down 21-14, Eastern out-scored No. 17 Sam Houston State 42-14 in the final 36 1/2 minutes to register a 56-35 win last Saturday in a matchup between two NCAA Football Championship Subdivision powerhouses. The "FCS Showcase" televised by ESPN.

The Bulldogs also played last week, and opened with a 38-6 league win over Montana Tech. The Bulldogs led at halftime 35-0 and out-gained the Orediggers 334-214 in total offense and won the turnover battle 4-0. A year ago, Montana Western was 4-6 with all of its games league counters.

Although a showdown with Pac-12 opponent Washington on Sept. 6 is ahead for the Eagles, they can't afford to look past this week's game. Eastern is 8-0 all-time versus Montana Western, and the Eagles have won their last five games versus lower-division foes dating back to 21-14 loss in 2006 to Central Washington.

"It's 11 college football players against 11 college football players and we are all looking to accomplish special things in a season and in every game," said Eastern head coach Beau Baldwin. "They are going to look at it no different than the way we looked at Oregon State a year ago and will look at Washington in two weeks. At the end of the day, its players fighting and scrapping, and they are there for a reason just like our players. They can football, and they looked very strong in their opening win on both sides of the ball. I don't care who you play, it's always going to be a challenge."

Eastern won for the first time in four tries against SHSU, a recent nemesis to the Big Sky Conference. The Bearkats has won seven-straight games against BSC teams, including six playoff games since 2011.

"In college football, every week means so much more than most sports," said Baldwin. "You get off a little bit, and you can all of the sudden find yourself out of the race. To win game one is huge, especially against a tough opponent like that."

"It means a lot because they've had our number and they've had the Big Sky's number," added Baldwin. "To their credit they are an incredible program that has earned those wins. And it means something nationally to put ourselves in a better position if we're trying to get an at-large berth in the playoffs. We know how hard the Big Sky is going to be. Yes, this win had a ton of meaning to it."

Saturday's game will be the first of four-straight games televised regionally by SWX, Comcast channel 112HD/306 SD, DCI Cable channel 514. Fans may also listen to the game live regionally on 700-AM ESPN and via the web at, with pre-game coverage starting 1 1/2 hours prior to kickoff.

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