Road Game at Nevada Helps Finalize 2010 Schedule

All 11 dates are filled, but the site of Sept. 11 game against Central Washington still yet to be determined

The 2010 schedule for the Eastern Washington University football team is nearly complete, as a season-opening road game at Nevada will fill the 11th and final game on its schedule, EWU athletic director Bill Chaves has announced. The schedule includes six home games, but whether five or six of them take place at Woodward Field in Cheney, Wash., has yet to be determined.

In playing at Nevada, the Eagles will take-on its former Big Sky Conference rival on Thursday, Sept. 2 in Reno. Eastern was originally going to open the season against Oregon State on Sept. 4, but that meeting was postponed to enable OSU the opportunity to play Texas Christian that same weekend at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Chaves said the Central Washington game on Sept. 11 may be played at Qwest Field in Seattle, but that has not been finalized yet as both schools are continuing to work out details. Last season, Eastern played Portland State on Oct. 31 at Qwest in the inaugural "Showdown on the Sound."

If the Central game is moved to Seattle, Eastern's home opener at Woodward Field will be Sept. 18 when 12-time defending Big Sky Conference champion Montana visits. Besides being Welcome Back Weekend at EWU, that game may also be the debut of the new red synthetic turf that is planned to be installed this summer at the 44-year-old stadium.

Eastern's other home games are Oct. 9 versus Northern Arizona on Eastern Athletics Hall of Fame Day, Oct. 23 versus Sacramento State for Homecoming, Nov. 13 against Southern Utah in a non-conference game and Nov. 20 versus Idaho State to end the regular season. Game times have yet to be determined.

Chaves said the Oregon State game is now scheduled to be played on Aug. 31, 2013, giving the Eagles three-straight games against Pacific 10 Conference foes from 2011-2013. Eastern is scheduled play at Washington on Sept. 3, 2011, and Washington State on Sept. 8, 2012. Eastern also has a contract in place to play at Western Athletic Conference member and former Big Sky rival Idaho on Sept. 1, 2012.

2010 EWU Schedule
9/2 - at Nevada
9/11 - Central Washington (site to be determined)
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

 

Non-Conference Opponent/Series Notes . . .

Eastern and Nevada met eight times from 1984-91, including the last five meetings in Big Sky Conference games. The lone victory for the Eagles came in 1989 -- EWU's third season in the league -- by a 33-7 score at Spokane's Albi Stadium.

The Wolf Pack were coached in all eight of those games by Chris Ault, who just completed his 25th season as Nevada's head coach. He has had three stints as head coach there -- 1976-92 (17 seasons), 1994-95 (two seasons) and 2004-2009 (six seasons). With 38 total seasons at the school as a player, coach and athletic director, Ault has a 206-96-1 record as head coach with eight conference championships and 13 post-season appearances (including seven bowl appearances).

Nevada was 8-5 overall and 7-1 in the WAC last season, having lost its first three games and its last two. The Wolf Pack ended the season with a 45-10 loss to SMU in the Hawaii Bowl, but featured an offense that led the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision with an average of 344.9 yards per game and had three 1,000-yard rushers. The Wolf Pack was second in total offense (505.6) and sixth in scoring (38.2).The team's top two rushers were underclassmen (Vai Taua/1345 yards/10 touchdowns and Colin Kaepernick/1,183 yards/16 touchdowns), with Kaepernick also passing for 2,052 yards and 20 touchdowns while accounting for 36 total TDs.

Eastern is 33-30-4 against Central Washington in a series that started in 1921. Central, one of the top teams nationally in NCAA Division II, beat Eastern 21-14 the last time the schools met in 2006. The Wildcats finished the 2009 season 12-1 after losing in the quarterfinals of the Division II playoffs to Northwest Missouri State 21-20.

Eastern's other non-conference opponent is Southern Utah, and EWU has a 3-1 all-time record versus the Thunderbirds. The Eagles won 41-28 in Cedar City, Utah, last season in the third game of a four-game winning streak that helped EWU secure an at-large berth in the FCS Playoffs. The Thunderbirds, a member of FCS, finished the 2009 season 5-6 for their best finish since the 2004 team went 6-5.

 

Future Schedules . . .

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

2012 Schedule
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

 

Series Results Versus 2010 Non-Conference Opponents . . .

Nevada (Reno)
(1-7)
1984     L          21-35    A
1985     L          25-31    A
1986     L          22-56    A
1987     L          26-40    S
1988     L          12-30    A
1989     W         33-7      S
1990     L          17-40    A
1991     L          14-51    H


Central Washington
(33-30-4)
1921     L          0-6        A
1922     L          10-13    H
1923     W         20-2      A
1924     W         33-0      H
1925     W         6-0        A
1926     L          7-31      H
1927     L          7-25      A
1928     L          7-13      H
1929     L          7-20      A
1930     L          6-12      H
1931     L          6-7        A
1932     T          0-0        H
1933     L          6-13      A
1934     W         8-0        H
1935     T          0-0        A
1936     W         12-6      H
1937     W         18-0      A
1938     W         6-0        H
1939     W         7-0        A
1940     W         14-7      H
1941     W         7-0        A
1942     L          6-15      H
1946     L          6-7        A         
1947     W         16-13    H
1948     W         21-6      A
1949     W         20-0      H
1950     W         26-0      A
1951     W         25-6      H
1952     L          14-20    A
1953     W         34-9      H
1954     L          13-27    A
1955     W         19-6      H
1956     T          6-6        A
1957     L          13-20    H
1958     L          6-27      H
1959     L          12-18    A
1960     L          6-41      H
1961     L          0-35      A
1961     L          6-26      H
1962     L          3-32      A
1963     L          13-14    H
1964     W         20-7      A
1964     W         14-0      H
1965     W         20-7      S
1966     T          28-28    S
1967     W         25-21    H
1967     W         28-23    A
1968     L          12-14    A
1968     L          0-10      H
1969     L          7-44      A
1969     W         20-19    H
1970     L          7-27      A
1971     W         27-14    H
1972     L          19-36    H
1973     L          16-29    A
1974     W         19-14    H
1975     L          10-25    A
1976     W         30-17    H
1977     L          21-27    A         
1978     W         21-16    A         
1979     W         9-0        H
1984     W         38-20    S
1999     W         44-14    H
2001     W         38-21    H
2003     W         48-29    H
2004     W         39-8      H
2006     L          14-21    H


Southern Utah
(3-1)
1998     L          21-43    A
2002     W         49-14    A
2003     W         49-21    H
2009     W         41-28    A

 

 

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