CHENEY, Wash. (AP) Vernon Adams threw for 302 yards and four touchdowns to lead Eastern Washington to a 56-35 victory over Sam Houston State on Saturday in the first college football game of the season.
The game matched traditional NCAA Football Championship Subdivision powerhouses. Eastern Washington is ranked first and Sam Houston 14th in the FCS coaches' poll.
Adams completed 26 of 48 passes with one interception. Quincy Forte added 152 yards on 23 carries for the Eagles, who had 624 total yards.
For Sam Houston, Jared Johnson passed for 317 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Keshawn Hill ran the ball 17 times for 133 yards and one touchdown. The Bearkats had 542 total yards, but were hurt by 16 penalties for 159 yards.