By News-Register staff • 

Gubrud leads EWU to win

Gubrud, who was benched during the second half of last week’s game, returned to his usual form, with 487 yards of total offense – his third game of the season with at least that many – and directed the Eagles on touchdown drives of 64, 62, 50, 70, 72, 76 and 43 yards. He passed for two scores and rushed for another. The Eagles finished with 540 yards on the day.

Gubrud had his third game in four career starts with more than 487 yards of total offense. He completed 35-of-56 passes for 392 yards, and also rushed for another 95.

Said Eagle head coach Beau Baldwin, “It’s always nice having No. 10 (Cooper Kupp) out there – there is no doubt about it. And Gage has still only had four starts, and he’s played three road games and one home game against the No. 10 team in the country. He is going to go through some pains, but I like how he’s progressing and I like where he is.”

Eastern is now 3-1 after arguably the toughest early-season schedule in its history. The Eagles opened the season by beating Washington State of the Pacific-12 Conference (45-42), falling in overtime to top-ranked and five-time defending FCS champion North Dakota State (40-34) and beating 10th-ranked Northern Iowa (34-30). Northern Arizona is 1-3. The Lumberjacks lost 44-13 to Arizona State, fell at Western Illinois 34-20 in a battle of top 25 FCS teams and next blasted New Mexico Highlands 73-3.

The Eagles return to Roos Field on Oct. 1 for Hall of Fame Day and Believe Day for Cancer Awareness. The game versus UC Davis starts at 1:05 p.m. Pacific Time in a game televised live regionally by ROOT Sports. The Aggies entered their league opener at home versus Weber State with a 1-2 record, losing to Oregon 53-28, beating Southern Oregon, 52-35 and falling to Wyoming 45-22. The average winning margin in their first three games was 21.7 points, while Eastern’s first three were decided by an average of 4.3. Eastern has not lost to UC Davis in four previous meetings.