Cougs and Eags to continue series in 2018
Posted on April 23, 2014 at 3:30 PM
PULLMAN - Washington State and Eastern Washington will meet for the third time in nine seasons, when they play at Martin Stadium in 2018.
Both schools announced the matchup Wednesday. The game is scheduled for Sept. 15, 2018 in Martin Stadium.
“Eastern Washington has built a tremendous program over the years and continuing this series is of great appeal for college football fans throughout the Pacific Northwest,” said Moos.
“We look forward to having WSU on our schedule now two times in the next several seasons,” said Eastern athletic director Bill Chaves. “It is a great game for our program, University and region.”
The Cougars and Eagles previously announced that the teams would meet Sept. 3, 2016 in Pullman.
Washington State has won all three previous meetings in the series, including a 24-20 victory in 2012 in Pullman, the first victory for Mike Leach as the Cougar head coach. The two other meetings saw the Cougars post wins of 46-0 and 73-0 in 1907 and 1908, respectively.
The Cougars, under second-year head coach Mike Leach, finished the 2013 season 6-7 overall and 4-5 in the Pac-12. Washington State ended the year with a 48-45 loss in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl against Colorado State, whose head coach is former Eagle player and assistant coach Jim McElwain. It was the first bowl game in a decade for WSU, which ranked fourth in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision in 2013 with a school-record 368.0 yards per game.
The Eagles won their first-ever game against a Pac-12 opponent when they opened the 2013 season with a 49-46 upset of 25th-ranked Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore. It was only the fourth time a team from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA) has defeated a team from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision. The Eagles went on to finish 12-3 and enjoyed its first-ever 8-0 season in the Big Sky Conference. Eastern, the 2010 NCAA Division I champion, advanced to the semifinals of the FCS Playoffs for the second-straight season and third in the last four years.