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Saints Stunned by Eastern at Home

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Eastern Oregon scored three unanswered touchdowns and forced back-to-back interceptions in the fourth quarter to earn a 28-21 Frontier Conference win over No. 4 Carroll College Saturday afternoon at an unseasonably warn Nelson Stadium.
 
The Fame opened with a big kickoff return from EOU's Calvin Connors gave Eastern the ball on its own 37-yard line. The Mounties quickly drove and scored on a 10-yard scramble by Zach Bartlow to a take a 7-0 lead with 9:32 left in the first half.
 
After a Carroll three-and-out, EOU's Jace Billingsly fumbled on the EOU 23-yard line and Carroll recovered to set up an 18-yard touchdown from Mac Roche to Tanner Gustavson to tie the game 7-7 with 5:56 left in the quarter.
 
On Carroll's next possession, the Saints drove 72 yards capped by a 13-yard touchdown pass from Roche to Ryan Gregory, who played both ways Saturday because of the slew of injuries in the wide receiving corps. The score gave Carroll a 14-7 lead to close out the first quarter.
 
Both defenses locked down and traded long fields before a failed Carroll fake punt gave Eastern the ball at their own 41. The Mounties drove the short field in just four plays, highlighted with a 20-yard touchdown run from Bartlow to tie the game at 14.
 
The Mounties had one more opportunity to score before the half when a snap on a Carroll punt went over the head of Dylan Torgerson and was downed at the Carroll three-yard line. The Saints defense held and a penalty forced the Mounties to attempt a 38-yard field goal,which hit the right upright and missed to keep the score at 14-14 at the break. 
 
Much of the third quarter was a defensive stalemate before the Mountaineers drove 65 yards and scored on a 1-yard touchdown from TJ Esekielu on the wildcat touchdown to take a 21-14 lead with 19 seconds left in the frame.
 
Just two plays later, the first snap of the fourth quarter, EOU's JT Capers speed rushed Roche and forced a fumble, which he recovered himself, and ran in for the score and 28-14 lead.
 
Carroll answered with a 71-yard drive, capped by a 16-yard touchdown from Roche to Ryan Walsh out of the backfield to cut the deficit to 28-21 but interceptions on back-to-back Carroll drives ended the Saints chances.
 
Roche was 16-of-33 with two interceptions and three touchdowns, he was also sacked four times. Walsh led the Saints with 52 yards rushing and Dylan Green tallied 51 on the ground.
 
Walsh also led the Saints with 62 yards receiving and a touchdown. Gustavsen and Gregory each tallied touchdown receptions for Carroll.
 
James Dowgin and Tucker Johnson had interceptions for the Saints. Beaugh Meyer tallied a sack and 2.5 tackles for loss.  Dawson Osborn led the Saints with 10 tackles, he also had two tackles for loss.
 
Byron Benson and Capers tallied INTs for the Mounties to go along with Capers' fumble recovery for a touchdown.
 
Carroll falls to 3-2 on the season, Eastern Oregon is now 2-4.
 
The Saints next travel to No. 2 Southern Oregon for a rematch of the Saints' season opening 26-20 win at home.  The Raiders are 4-0 since the loss at Nelson Stadium. The game is slated for 2 p.m. MST in Ashland.

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