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The Eagles won again on their red turf, beating Jacksonville State to advance to the FCS Playoff semifinals, where they'll face Towson.

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Vernon Adams threw for 324 yards and two touchdowns to lead Eastern Washington to a 35-24 win over Jacksonville State on Saturday, clinching the Eagles a berth in the FCS Playoffs semifinals. They will face Towson in the semifinals on Saturday, Dec. 21st in Cheney, Wash.

This game was a close affair early, as neither side could really get ahead of the other. The Eagles got on the board first when Adams hit Connor Kupp for a 29 yard touchdown pass, but Jacksonville State tied the score on the next drive on a touchdown pass from wide receiver Telvin Brown to Gavin Ellis. They would go on to take the lead in the second quarter when Eli Jenkins connected with Anthony Johnson for a 10 yard touchdown pass, but EWU answered less than two minutes later on a Quincy Forte touchdown run. The two teams traded touchdowns again before halftime, and things looked tight at the break at 21-21.

Eastern Washington was able to take control in the second half, scoring a touchdown early in the third quarter and then holding the Gamecocks to only a field goal in the final 30 minutes. Forte rushed for 190 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries, and Ashton Clark had 11 receptions for 181 yards and a touchdown.

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