Kent-Meridian graduate David Jones was having a banner day Saturday.
His Portland State Vikings were putting the finishing touches on a regular-season closing victory at Eastern Washington (6-5, 5-3), when he fumbled midway through the fourth quarter and watched as the Eagles returned it for a touchdown to suddenly make it a three-point game.
But Jones had the last laugh, helping the Vikings put together a 12-play, 63-yard drive to run out the clock on a 34-31 Big Sky victory in Cheney. Jones had six rushes for 33 yards on the final possession, including a game-clinching 17-yard scamper on a second down play.
He finished with 152 yards on 27 carries and two touchdowns in the victory, which gives Portland State (9-2 overall, 6-2 Big Sky) a share of second place in the Big Sky.
The loss was Eastern Washington’s third in a row and likes means the Eagles’ season is over.
Graham-Kapowsin graduate Jamaal Jones had nine receptions for 132 yards and three touchdowns as Montana (7-4, 6-2 Big Sky) defeated Montana State (5-6, 3-5), 54-35, in Bozeman, Montana. ... For the first time in five seasons, Weber State (6-5, 5-3 Big Sky) finishes with a winning season after topping Idaho State (2-9, 1-7), 35-14. Thomas Jefferson graduate KW Williams had six receptions for 105 yards in the loss, while Curtis alum CJ Langlow had seven tackles for the Bengals. ... Ammon Olsen threw for 430 yards and five touchdowns as Southern Utah (7-4, 7-1 Big Sky) held off Northern Arizona (7-4, 5-3), 49-41, in Ogden, Utah, to win the Big Sky regular-season title. ... C.J. Spencer threw for 312 yards and three touchdowns as UC Davis (2-9, 2-6 Big Sky) hammered Sacramento State (2-9, 1-7), 35-21, in Sacramento, California. ...
Tanner Mangum threw for 336 yards and a touchdown as BYU (8-3) defeated Fresno State (3-8), 52-10, in a nonconference game in Provo, Utah. ... Matt Linehan threw for 192 yards and backup quarterback Jake Luton threw for 164 more, but Idaho (3-8) fell, 56-34, to Auburn (6-5) in Alabama.
Robert Webber threw two second half touchdowns and Ja’Quan Gardner rushed for two as Humboldt State (10-1) defeated Augustana (9-3), 45-31, in Arcata, California, to open the NCAA Division II playoffs with a victory. The Lumberjacks, of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, were tied 17-17 at halftime before blowing it open after the break. ...
Black Hills graduate Jacob Crawford had seven tackles, including one for a loss as Montana Tech (10-1) opened the NAIA playoffs with a 44-10 victory against Dickinson State (8-3) in Butte, Montana. ... Lakes graduate Tyler Rogers had four tackles as Southern Oregon (9-2) opened the NAIA playoffs with a 52-8 victory against Kansas Wesleyan (10-2) in Ashland, Oregon. ... Sam Riddle threw for 268 yards and two touchdowns as Linfield (10-0) defeated Whitworth (9-2), 48-10, in the first round of the NCAA Division III playoffs in McMinnville, Oregon. Peninsula graduate Daniel Portillo had two sacks in the loss. ...