FCS power Eastern Washington struck a blow for the little guys with a 20-3 win over the Idaho Vandals in its season opener on Thursday night.
The Eagles outgained the Vandals by nearly 200 yards despite SMU transfer Kyle Padron completing just 13 of 33 passes. Padron made those completions count, throwing for 260 yards, a touchdown, and an interception.
After taking a 3-0 lead in the first quarter, Idaho would fail to score again, and could not sustain any momentum on the night, going 2-for-15 on third downs and notching just 10 first downs in the game.
The Eagles went just 6-6 in 2011, but are two years removed from winning the FCS title. Idaho, meanwhile, starts its rebound from a 2-10 campaign in 2011 with another thud.
Box Score Hero: EWU's Brandon Kaufman had five catches for 143 yards.
Rankings Ramifications: Nope.
Next Week's Schedule: Idaho travels to Bowling Green, while the Eagles take on in-state foe Washington State.