PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Eric Barriere threw a career-high five touchdown passes and ran for another score as Eastern Washington beat Portland State 74-23 on Friday night to clinch the 13th playoff berth in program history and at least a share of its 10th Big Sky Conference title.
Barriere, who has started the last six games after Gage Gubrud — a two-time finalist for the Walter Payton Award — sustained a foot injury against Montana State on Sept. 29, scored on a 66-yard run on the third play from scrimmage and EWU never trailed. The sophomore hit Sam McPherson for a 9-yard touchdown that made it 27-14 at halftime. The Eagles scored 47 second-half points — including a 68-yard touchdown catch-and-run and a 57-yard punt return for a TD by Nsimba Webster.
McPherson finished with six carries for 133 yards and 39 yards receiving on three receptions. Barriere was 15-of-27 passing for 216 yards with one interception and added 99 yards rushing on six carries.
EWU (9-2, 7-1) had 378 yards rushing and finished with 624 total yards, its fifth game with at least 600 yards this season.