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BYU 42, E. Washington 7

BYU 42, E. Washington 7



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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- Harvey Unga got most of his running out of the way while he could still get some traction.

Unga ran for 145 yards and scored two touchdowns Saturday in Brigham Young's 42-7 win over Eastern Washington, which ended in a heavy snowstorm that had covered the field.

The snow was about all that could slow Unga down in BYU's ninth straight home win.

"A lot of Harvey Unga's Yards weren't blocked," BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said. "He simply had great vision and wouldn't go down. I wasn't crediting the holes that we opened and I wasn't crediting the execution of the run game, but he specifically is to be credited."

Unga ran for 114 yards on 18 carries in the first half. The Cougars (5-2) finished with 377 yards of offense despite the steady snow, which left LaVell Edwards Stadium looking more like the game was played in late November instead of October.

"I definitely haven't played in a game like that before," Eastern Washington quarterback Matt Nicholls said. "I've only played in a couple of rain games in my life. It was kind of neat, I guess."

Corby Hodgkiss returned an interception 39 yards in the first quarter for BYU and Max Hall completed 15 of 30 passes for 156 yards, including four passes to Unga for 57 yards and a touchdown.

Unga added a 13-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter, dragging several of the Eagles (4-3) with him over the final five yards to put BYU up 21-7. The Cougars outscored the Eagles 21-0 in the second half and still haven't lost at home since 2005.

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Eastern Washington's only score was a 28-yard pass from Nicholls to Aaron Boyce that cut BYU's lead to 14-7.

"I felt that our kids played hard," said Eastern Washington coach Paul Wolff. "We had the opportunity to move the ball and do things early on. We just didn't really capitalize when we got in there a couple times."

Nicholls was 20-for-32 for 216 yards with two interceptions. Boyce had nine catches for 135 yards for the Eagles, who finished with just 266 yards of offense.

Despite the lopsided score, Mendenhall wasn't please with the way the Cougars executed.

"I have a sense of urgency to see improved play," Mendenhall said. "I'm glad that we are winning in the mean time and that we are undefeated in the conference, but what I know needs to happen is we have to improve our level of play."

BYU resumes Mountain West Conference play next week at San Diego State.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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