PHOTOS: EWU Football Wins Their Season Opener Against Sam Houston State

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The Sam Houston State Bearkats had beaten the Eastern Washington University Eagles in their last two meetings. The Eagles were hoping to change the outcome this time, in a nationally televised game on ESPN at Roos Field. The first half of the first college football game of the season was a back and forth affair with both teams going into halftime tied at 21. But, four touchdowns in the second half gave the Eagles a 56-35 win in front of a sold out crowd of 10,310.

23 year old Eastern Washington University senior Kimberly Duren, left, plays catch with her 20 year old sister Brianna, a junior, before the game. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • 23 year old Eastern Washington University senior Kimberly Duren, left, plays catch with her 20 year old sister Brianna, a junior, before the game.

Eastern Washington University graduate student Brandon Kenworthy, center, cooks sausages as his wife Gabrielle, right,, also a graduate student, and John DeFord look on, before the game. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Eastern Washington University graduate student Brandon Kenworthy, center, cooks sausages as his wife Gabrielle, right,, also a graduate student, and John DeFord look on, before the game.

15 month old Madison Maupin, center, walks in the parking lot with her father Jeramie, right, before the game. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • 15 month old Madison Maupin, center, walks in the parking lot with her father Jeramie, right, before the game.

Eastern Washington fans cheer before the game. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Eastern Washington fans cheer before the game.

A member of West Plains Skydiving approaches Roos Field before the game. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • A member of West Plains Skydiving approaches Roos Field before the game.

Eastern Washington mascot Swoop runs by fans before the game. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Eastern Washington mascot Swoop runs by fans before the game.

Eastern Washington cheerleaders run in front of fans before the game. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Eastern Washington cheerleaders run in front of fans before the game.

Eastern Washington players run out during introductions before the game. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Eastern Washington players run out during introductions before the game.

Eastern Washington fans cheer during the first half. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Eastern Washington fans cheer during the first half.

Sam Houston State wide receiver Yedidiah Louis, left, is brought down by Eastern Washington defensive back Jake Hoffman (17) during the first half. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Sam Houston State wide receiver Yedidiah Louis, left, is brought down by Eastern Washington defensive back Jake Hoffman (17) during the first half.

Eastern Washington wide receiver Cooper Kupp, left, is chased down by Sam Houston State safety Michael Wade (2) during the first half. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Eastern Washington wide receiver Cooper Kupp, left, is chased down by Sam Houston State safety Michael Wade (2) during the first half.

Eastern Washington players run onto the field during the first half. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Eastern Washington players run onto the field during the first half.

Eastern Washington wide receiver Cooper Kupp, top, is brought down by Sam Houston State safety Michael Wade (2) after a punt return during the first half. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Eastern Washington wide receiver Cooper Kupp, top, is brought down by Sam Houston State safety Michael Wade (2) after a punt return during the first half.

Sam Houston State running back Keshawn Hill, center, runs the ball during the first half. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Sam Houston State running back Keshawn Hill, center, runs the ball during the first half.

Eastern Washington cheerleaders perform during the first half. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Eastern Washington cheerleaders perform during the first half.

Eastern Washington running back Quincy Forte (22) runs the ball against Sam Houston State cornerback Tevin Creeks (17) during the first half. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Eastern Washington running back Quincy Forte (22) runs the ball against Sam Houston State cornerback Tevin Creeks (17) during the first half.

Eastern Washington head coach Beau Baldwin speaks with his team during the first half. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Eastern Washington head coach Beau Baldwin speaks with his team during the first half.

Eastern Washington running back Jalen Moore (28) runs in for a touchdown during the first half. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Eastern Washington running back Jalen Moore (28) runs in for a touchdown during the first half.

Eastern Washington linebacker Jordan Talley (20), left, and long snapper Cory Alcantar, right, bring down Sam Houston State cornerback Trenier Orr during the first half. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Eastern Washington linebacker Jordan Talley (20), left, and long snapper Cory Alcantar, right, bring down Sam Houston State cornerback Trenier Orr during the first half.

Eastern Washington wide receiver Blair Bomber (23) and wide receiver Kendrick Bourne (11) celebrate after Bomber catches a touchdown during the second half. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Eastern Washington wide receiver Blair Bomber (23) and wide receiver Kendrick Bourne (11) celebrate after Bomber catches a touchdown during the second half.

Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. (3) looks for a receiver during the second half. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. (3) looks for a receiver during the second half.

Eastern Washington defensive lineman Samson Ebukam, right, brings down Sam Houston State quarterback Jared Johnson during the second half. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Eastern Washington defensive lineman Samson Ebukam, right, brings down Sam Houston State quarterback Jared Johnson during the second half.

Eastern Washington tight end Zach Wimberly (9) celebrates after running in for a touchdown during the second half. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Eastern Washington tight end Zach Wimberly (9) celebrates after running in for a touchdown during the second half.

Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. (3) runs against Sam Houston State defensive lineman Gary Lorance (66) and defensive end P.J. Hall during the second half. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. (3) runs against Sam Houston State defensive lineman Gary Lorance (66) and defensive end P.J. Hall during the second half.

Eastern Washington wide receiver Cooper Kupp catches a pass for a touchdown against Sam Houston State safety Desmond Fite (21) during the second half. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Eastern Washington wide receiver Cooper Kupp catches a pass for a touchdown against Sam Houston State safety Desmond Fite (21) during the second half.

Eastern Washington offensive linesman Jake Rodgers, second from the left, lifts wide receiver Cooper Kupp, left, after Kupp receives a pass for a touchdown during the second half. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Eastern Washington offensive linesman Jake Rodgers, second from the left, lifts wide receiver Cooper Kupp, left, after Kupp receives a pass for a touchdown during the second half.

Fans watch during the second half. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Fans watch during the second half.

An Eastern Washington fan cheers during the second half. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • An Eastern Washington fan cheers during the second half.

Eastern Washington running back Jalen Moore, right, runs the ball against Sam Houston State cornerback Mikell Everette during the second half. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Eastern Washington running back Jalen Moore, right, runs the ball against Sam Houston State cornerback Mikell Everette during the second half.

Eastern Washington players celebrate after the game. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Eastern Washington players celebrate after the game.