Nov. 10, 2008
Highlighted by the fifth multiple sack game of the season, senior defensive end Greg Peach set the single season school record for sacks in EWU’s 31-16 victory over Northern Colorado on Nov. 8.
A leading candidate for the Buck Buchanan Award given to the nation’s top defensive player, Peach tied the record with his 15th sack and broke it with his 16th. His 16 sacks rank third in Big Sky history. His 33 1/2 career sacks are also a school record and rank third all-time in the league.
"It’s a surreal feeling," said Peach. "Those two are records every defensive lineman wants to break in their career. I was fortunate to break them both -- it’s exciting."
Peach leads the NCAA Football Championships Subdivision in both sacks (1.78 per game) and tackles for loss (2.22 per game). He has a total of 16 sacks for the season, with 13 being the next-best overall mark in FCS and 1.44 the next-best per game average. He has a total of 20 tackles for loss, with the next-highest total 17.5 overall and the highest average at 1.94.
After failing to get a sack in his first two games of the season, Peach had three against Western Washington (9/20/08) and Idaho State (9/27/08), then had one against Portland State (10/4/08). He registered four versus Montana (10/11/08) for the top performance in a single game in FCS this season, then had three versus Montana State (10/18/08) to break the school’s career record. He broke the previous career record of 30 set by Frank Staudenraus (1982-85), who also held the single season record with 15 in 1985.
"I’m really proud of him and it’s an honor to coach Greg," said Baldwin after the Northern Colorado game. "He’s a hard worker and was a winner in high school playing for a state championship team. He’s deserved every bit of it, and everything that has come to Greg he’s earned. He deserves the records."
It was great to see," Baldwin said following Peach’s record-setting day against MSU. "Greg Peach is having a great season, he’s had a great career, and he just keeps going. Obviously, he’s a tremendous player. Teams that play against him know where he is. He’s not someone who is coming out of nowhere on them. They know where he is and they know whether they can game plan around it, but they are still unable to stop him from putting up the numbers that he is. It helps him to have the guys he has around him."
Below are his single season and career ranks for sacks in Big Sky history (since the 2000 season when the NCAA began recognizing sacks, tackles and tackles for loss as official statistics):
Single Season Sacks
1. Andy Petek, Montana - 2000 - 19
2. Jared Allen, Idaho State - 2003 - 17.5
3. Greg Peach, Eastern Washington - 2008 - 16
1. Jared Allen, Idaho State - 2000-03 - 38.5
2. Tim Bush, Montana - 2000-03 - 34.5
3. Greg Peach, Eastern Washington - 2008 - 33.5
FCS Single Season Sacks
1. Chris Gocong, Cal Poly - 2005 - 23.5
t2. Robert Mathis, Alabama A&M - 2002 - 20
t2. Eric Bakhtiari, San Diego - 2007 - 20
4. Andy Petek, Montana - 2000 - 19
t5. Jared Allen, Idaho State - 2003 - 17.5
t5. Chris Gocong, Cal Poly - 2004 - 17.5
t7. Andrew Hollingsworth, Towson - 2000 - 17
t7. Brent Hawkins, Illinois State - 2005 - 17
t9. Greg Peach, Eastern Washington - 2008 - 16
t9. Odain Mitchell, Sacred Heart - 2002 - 16
FCS Career Sacks
1. Chris Gocong, Cal Poly - 2001, 03-05 - 42
2. Robert Mathis, Alabama A&M - 2000-02 - 39
3. Jared Allen, Idaho State - 2000-03 - 38.5
4. Tim Bush, Montana - 2000-03 - 34.5
5. Greg Peach, Eastern Washington - 2005-08 - 33.5