Nov. 17, 2008
A photo gallery from Saturday's game, including a photo of Lance Witherspoon with his parents Glenda and Henry Witherspoon, may be found in the recap from the game located at:
Senior defensive tackle Lance Witherspoon was selected as the Big Sky Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in last Saturday's (Nov. 15) 28-13 victory over Northern Arizona.
The 2004 graduate of Decatur High School in Federal Way, Wash., had a pair of sacks on the same NAU possession in the fourth quarter, as well as forcing and recovering the key fumble that helped give Eastern the lead for good in the third stanza.
Northern Arizona finished with a negative two yards rushing in the game. It was the fifth-straight game Eastern has held an opponent to less than 20 points -- something that EWU has not done since becoming a member of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision in 1984.
Eastern took the lead for good at 14-13 in the third quarter after Witherspoon got into the backfield on an NAU rushing attempt and forced and recovered a fumble at the NAU 5-yard line. In the fourth quarter, with EWU clinging to a 21-13 lead, Witherspoon had sacks on back-to-back plays to force a third-and-long situation and subsequent Lumberjack punt.
He finished with six total tackles, including three for losses totaling 18 yards. Witherspoon, an honorable mention All-America selection in 2007, has 30 tackles this season with three sacks, 9 1/2 total tackles for loss, three passes broken up, two fumble recoveries and a blocked kick. In his 41-game career (28 as a starter), he has 117 total tackles with 6 1/2 sacks, 29 total tackles for loss, seven passes broken up, two fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles and a blocked kick.