The Eastern Washington Eagles won with just 26 seconds left on the clock to take out a feisty Dan Hawkins led UC Davis Aggies. The Eagles had all they could handle in the FCS Semi-finals as UC Davis led in the 4th quarter 21-14. It seemed that the Aggies were out for revenge for a 59-20 beat-down by the Eagles earlier this year and seemed to have the Eags number this day.
Whereas coach Dan Hawkins has made a habit at all levels of college football at winning big games, it would be Coach Aaron Best who would get his biggest win of his 2nd year as a head coach.
“I can’t say enough about this team,” said EWU head coach Aaron Best, who achieved his second victory as a head coach and 17th playoff win as an Eagle. “It’s incredible to be at my alma mater and do win this in front of our home fans. This was an impressive win and I’m a proud dad, friend and coach of all 105 players and our staff.”
“Nothing perfect. We embrace adversity, we fight adversity and we’re better because we’re in adverse situations,” Eastern Washington second-year coach Aaron Best said afterward. His program improved to 8-0 all-time against UC Davis.
Sophomore QB Eric Barriere had 278 yards and 4 touchdowns including a game tying option run with 10 minutes left on the clock in the 4th quarter. Barriere would also have a crucial run on the last drive as he was flushed out of the pocket and scrambled for 29 yards on a much needed 1st down.
Eagles RB Sean McPherson carried the ball 24 times for 143 yards. He would also, with just 26 seconds left in the game take a run, that was intended to set up a field goal, to the house for the game winning TD. The senior from Bothell 35 yards run completely caught the Aggies off guard as he tippy-toed the sideline to add to his team lead of 719 rushing yards.