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Originally published October 10, 2009 at 11:18 PM | Page modified October 10, 2009 at 11:20 PM

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Weber State spoils Eastern's homecoming, 31-13

Trevyn Smith rushed for 143 yards and Cameron Higgins threw two touchdown passes as Weber State spoiled Eastern Washington's homecoming with a 31-13 victory Saturday.

CHENEY — Trevyn Smith rushed for 143 yards and Cameron Higgins threw two touchdown passes as Weber State spoiled Eastern Washington's homecoming with a 31-13 victory Saturday.

Higgins completed 21 of 37 for 235 yards for the Wildcats (3-3, 3-1 Big Sky), ranked No. 21 in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision.

For the 14th-ranked Eagles (4-2, 3-1), senior quarterback Matt Nichols threw for 354 yards to become the school's all-time leader with 10,315 passing yards.

Eastern Washington's Nichols completed 24 of 39 but was picked off three times, snapping his string of 151 passes without an interception.

Other local games

Central Washington 34, at Humboldt State 27

Central Washington (7-0, 2-0) overcame a 20-13 halftime deficit with three second-half touchdowns, including two by senior Randall Eldridge of Lynnwood, as the fourth-ranked Wildcats held off an upset-minded Humboldt State (3-3, 0-3) in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference game. The win was Central's 13th straight in the regular season and its 27th straight over a GNAC member.

Menlo 14, at Puget Sound 3

The Loggers (0-4, 0-1 Northwest Conference) held Menlo (2-4, 1-1) to 3 yards rushing, but the Oaks got a couple big plays and the Loggers offense couldn't respond.

Menlo was led by Cruz Castillo's 272 yards passing and two touchdowns.

Idaho 29, at San Jose St. 25

DeMaundray Woolridge scored on a 5-yard run with just over a minute to play to give Idaho a victory over San Jose State, ending a four-game losing streak to the Spartans (1-4, 0-1 WAC).


The winning drive was directed by backup quarterback Brian Reader, who took over after starter Nathan Enderle threw his second interception of the fourth quarter.

Woolridge rushed for 93 yards and scored twice for the Vandals (5-1, 2-0), who are seeking their first winning season in 10 years.

Princeton McCarty rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown.

At Gustavus Adolphus 34, Pacific Lutheran 33

Greg Ford broke his own school record with 292 receiving yards for the Lutes (1-3), but his effort went for naught when the Gusties (2-3) scored the winning touchdown on a 1-yard pass with 12 seconds remaining in the game.

Linfield 38, at Whitworth 20

The Pirates (2-4, 0-2 NWC) had six turnovers and lost two quarterbacks to injury. Aaron Williams ran for 102 yards and three touchdowns as the seventh-seeded Wildcats remained unbeaten at 5-0 (2-0 in the NWC) and clinched their 54th consecutive winning season — extending the record.

Top 25 games

No. 22 Georgia Tech 49, at Florida State 44

Josh Nesbitt ran for three touchdowns and threw for another to lead Georgia Tech to a win at Florida State, handing the reeling Seminoles their third straight loss amid growing pressure for coach Bobby Bowden to retire at the end of the season.

The Seminoles are 2-4 for the first time since 1976, which was Bowden's first season at FSU.

There's speculation now that this could be Bowden's final season. He hasn't had a losing season since '76, but the chairman of the university's board of trustees last week publicly called for an end to the Bowden era. Jim Smith's comments set off a firestorm of controversy and speculation about Bowden's future.

At Arkansas 44, No. 17 Auburn 23

Michael Smith rushed for 145 yards and a touchdown, and Arkansas held off a late Auburn rally to hand the Tigers their first loss.

Arkansas jumped out to a 34-3 lead before Auburn (5-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) responded with a three-touchdown flurry toward the end of the third quarter. Dennis Johnson helped the Razorbacks (3-2, 1-2) regain momentum with a 70-yard kickoff return, and Arkansas shut out the Tigers in the fourth.

At No. 19 Oklahoma 33, Baylor 7

Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford threw for 389 yards and a touchdown in his return from a shoulder injury and Chris Brown had two short scoring runs for the Sooners (3-2).

At No. 12 Iowa 30, Michigan 28

Ricky Stanzi threw for 284 yards and two touchdowns and Iowa (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten) survived yet another close call, beating Michigan (4-2, 0-2) for its best start since 1985.

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