Football Recap- EWU Defeats Idaho


By Randle Kinswa, Co-Managing Editor/Sports Editor

The EWU football team (5-1) defeated the University of Idaho (2-3) in a barn burner Saturday afternoon, 38-31.

Redshirt senior QB Eric Barriere led EWU with 309 yards passing, 54 yards on the ground and two passing touchdowns. Thirty-six of his yards came in the fourth quarter.

Barrierre said there wasn’t a plan for him to use his legs more in the fourth quarter.

“I kinda just felt the [pace] of the game,” Barriere said. “I thought when we played them the first time there were many opportunities where I could have used my legs but I didn’t.”

Barriere said watching film and learning what he could have done differently in his second appearance against Idaho helped him be more successful in this game. He said he also just took what the defense gave him, particularly in the fourth quarter. 

Barriere also mentioned how it was great to play in a game with everything on the line, fighting for a playoff spot. 

“They’re a fun bunch … they’re very wise beyond their years and I wouldn’t want to do it with any other group.” -Aaron Best, EWU Head Football Coach

Head coach Aaron Best said he has been very proud of the team throughout the season, and this game was the icing on the cake. 

“This bunch is a very resilient bunch,” Best said. “They’re a fun bunch … they’re very wise beyond their years and I wouldn’t want to do it with any other group.”

Barriere said Idaho played a different defensive coverage, but Idaho’s defensive game plan was largely the same. 

“They played a lot of Cover 1,” Barriere said. “The game plan was to bring pressure and get me out of my groove and stuff like that … I thought they did a good job of bringing pressure and making me step up and stuff like that.” 

Best had the highest compliment for the Idaho defense, stating that, “they’re the best front seven in the Big Sky Conference.” 

Senior wideout Talolo Limu-Jones caught 4 balls for 140 yards, including a 66 yard touchdown bomb. 

Sophomore wide receivers Freddie Roberson and Anthoney Stell Jr., were (5-53-1) and (2-41).

Senior running back Tamarick Pierce led EWU with 16 rushes for 78 yards, and senior running back Dennis Merrit ran the ball 9 times for 64 yards, and three total touchdowns. His last touchdown was the game sealer. 

Defensively, the Eags only gave up 74 yards through the air, and forced two key late interceptions, but gave up 278 yards on the ground. 

230 of those yards, were picked up by Idaho QB/WR Zach Borisch. 

“The game plan was to bring pressure and get me out of my groove.” -Eric Barriere, Redshirt senior QB

Before this last game, Idaho had none of its quarterbacks on roster, due to COVID. This forced the Vandals to start their emergency quarterback, Borisch, who hadn’t played quarterback since high school.

Borisch ran the ball 33 total times saturday, for 230 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw 11 times, completed five passes, threw two interceptions, for a grand total of 74 yards.

EWU juumped out to a 7-0 lead, but Idaho came storming back and would take the lead 14-7 by the end of the first.

EWU would not take the lead again until Merrit’s touchdown run with 6 minutes left in the 4th quarter. 

EWU is 5-1, and sits in a good position to be selected as one of the 16 teams that will play each other in the 2021 FCS spring playoffs.