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Updated Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 09:16 PM

Eastern Washington wins to grab share of Big Sky title

By Seattle Times news services

PORTLAND — Kyle Padron's winning 1-yard touchdown run with 1:25 remaining capped an eight-play, 94-yard drive, giving Eastern Washington a share of the Big Sky title in a 41-34 victory over Portland State on Saturday.

It was Padron's second rushing touchdown of the game. The multidimensional quarterback completed 26 of 38 passes for 381 yards and two more touchdowns for Eastern Washington (9-2, 7-1 Big Sky).

Portland State (3-8, 2-6) took a 26-14 lead with 6:23 to go in the third quarter when D.J. Adams scored on a 4-yard touchdown run, his third of the night, but the Eagles answered with three straight scoring drives including Padron's 18-yard touchdown pass to Nicholas Edwards. Edwards had four catches for 77 yards and two scores.

The Vikings took a 13-0 lead when Adams scored two touchdowns in the first quarter but were outscored 41-21 the rest of the way.

Linfield holds off Pacific Lutheran

McMINNVILLE, Ore. — Linfield held off Pacific Lutheran 27-24 in an opening-round game of the NCAA Division III football playoffs, stopping the Lutes with an incomplete pass on fourth down.

With the victory, Linfield (10-0) advances to host North Central (Ill.), a 41-21 winner over Cal Lutheran. The Lutes finished 7-3.

The Wildcats forced five turnovers and got six sacks.

PLU's Kyle Warner had 12 catches for 205 yards and finished with 1,264 receiving yards, establishing a season record that eclipsed the old mark of 1,245 by Al Bessette in 1976.


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