Game in 2012 will be the first varsity meeting between the two schools in more than 100 years
The Eastern Washington University versus Washington State University football rivalry is separated less by miles than by years.
The Eagles are scheduled to make the short 90-mile trek to Pullman, Wash., on Sept. 8, 2012, to face Washington State University in the first varsity meeting between the two schools in more than 100 years. Eastern lost to the Cougars in 1907 (46-0) and 1908 (73-0), and were 8-10-1 from 1921-46 against WSU's junior varsity or freshman teams.
Washington State is coached by Paul Wulff, who was 53-40 with three NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Playoff berths as Eastern's head coach for eight seasons (2000-2007). He spent a total of 15 seasons at EWU as a coach, and several members of his staff are former Eagle coaches.
"We cannot thank (WSU director of athletics) Jim Sterk, (senior associate director of athletics) John Johnson, coach Wulff and (coordinator of football operations) Shawn Deeds for making this possible," said Eastern athletic director Bill Chaves. "It has been over 100 years since these two schools have played football against each other and I know that our fan base and college community will look forward to this opportunity."
Eastern has never played Washington, but that will change on Sept. 3, 2011, when the Eagles play the Huskies in Seattle. That game was announced on Oct. 6, 2009.
Chaves also said the Eagles are scheduled to play at Idaho -- also located about 90 miles from EWU's campus -- in Moscow, Idaho, on Sept. 1, 2012.
Eastern's 2010 schedule currently consists of nine games, and EWU has contracts to play at FBS foe Oregon State on Sept. 4 and host NCAA Division II Central Washington on Sept. 11. However, Chaves said there are ongoing conversations about moving the Oregon State game to a future year and replacing it with another FBS opponent. Oregon State has an opportunity to possibly play Texas Christian that same day at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Chaves said the Central game is slated to be played in Cheney, Wash., at Woodward Field, but with a couple of caveats. First, the NCAA has to approve a change to the starting date for NCAA Division II teams to play. Second, Eastern is considering playing the game at Qwest Field in Seattle, but that is not close to finalization, he said.
Eastern was a member of the National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) for most of its history before becoming a member of FCS in 1984. But despite playing 25 games against NCAA Football Bowl Division members since 1983 -- including four against the Pacific 10 Conference -- the Eagles have not played Washington State or Washington during that time span.
The last time Eastern played Idaho was in 2003 when Eastern won
8-5 in the Kibbie Dome. Eastern is 5-15 all-time against its former
Big Sky Conference rival, and 2-3 since the Vandals moved to FBS in
2010 EWU Tentative Schedule
9/4 - at Oregon State (subject to change)
9/11 - Central Washington
9/18 - Montana
9/25 - at Montana State
10/2 - at Weber State
10/9 - Northern Arizona
10/16 - at Northern Colorado
10/23 - Sacramento State
10/30 - at Portland State
11/6 - Open
11/13 - Southern Utah
11/20 - Idaho State
2011 EWU Tentative Schedule
9/3 - at Washington
9/10 - Open
9/17 - at Montana
9/24 - Montana State
10/1 - Weber State
10/8 - at Northern Arizona
10/15 - Northern Colorado
10/22 - at Sacramento State
10/29 - Portland State
11/5 - at Idaho State
11/12 - at Cal Poly
11/19 - Open
9/1 - at Idaho
9/8 - at Washington State
9/15 - Idaho State
9/22 - Sacramento State
9/29 - at Portland State
10/6 - Montana
10/13 - at Montana State
10/20 - at Northern Colorado
10/27 - Northern Arizona
11/3 - Cal Poly
11/10 - at Weber State
11/17 - Open
Eagles Versus The Pacific 10 Conference & FBS -- Since the early 1980's when it began the move to become a member of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (in 1984), Eastern is now 7-18 all-time versus Football Bowl Subdivision teams. A 35-17 win over Connecticut on Sept. 8, 2001, snapped a five-game losing streak versus FBS foes. Against the Pacific 10 Conference, EWU is 0-4. Here is Eastern's complete list of games versus FBS members since 1983.
Year - Opponent - Result
1983 - Cal State-Long Beach - W, 20-17
1985 - at Cal State-Long Beach - W, 30-23
1986 - at Cal State-Long Beach - L, 34-35
1990 - at #10 Houston - L, 21-84
1994 - at Utah State - W, 49-31
1996 - at Boise State - W, 27-21
1996 - at Idaho - L, 27-37
1997 - Idaho - W, 24-21
1998 - at Idaho - L, 14-31
1999 - Idaho - L, 21-48
1999 - at Boise State - L, 7-41
2000 - at Oregon State - L, 19-21
2000 - at Boise State - L, 23-41
2001 - at Connecticut - W, 35-17
2002 - at Arizona State - L, 2-38
2003 - at San Diego State - L, 9-19
2003 - at Idaho - W, 8-5
2004 - at Air Force - L, 20-42
2005 - at San Jose State - L, 21-35
2006 - at Oregon State - L, 17-56
2006 - at #6 West Virginia - L, 3-52
2007 - at Brigham Young - L, 7-42
2008 - at #12 Texas Tech - L, 24-49
2008 - at Colorado - L, 24-31
2009 - at #10 California - L, 7-59