Gage Gubrud threw for 452 yards and six touchdowns to lift Eastern Washington to a 41-38 win over UC Davis on Saturday night.
Trailing 38-34 late in the fourth quarter, Eastern Washington (4-2, 3-0 Big Sky Conference) drove 75 yards in 12 plays and Gubrud connected with Nic Sblendorio on a 6-yard touchdown pass to retake the advantage with 1:37 left.
After Shorter took a 6-0 first-quarter lead on B.J. McCoy’s 1-yard plunge, Maxwell scored on a 4-yard run and an 83-yard burst to give the Runnin’ Bulldogs (1-4) the lead for good. Maxwell added scoring passes of 42 yards to Jackson Goodman and 27 yards to Adonus Lee in the second quarter. Maxwell, the first Gardner-Webb player to earn preseason Offensive NFL Jerseys China Player of the Year honors in the Big South Conference, finished with 144 yards passing and 139 yards on the ground.
Jonathan Blackmon ran for 102 yards with a TD on seven carries for the Runnin’ Bulldogs, who piled up 418 yards on the ground and outgained Shorter 579-254 overall. Gardner-Webb came into the game NFL Jerseys Nike with 680 yards rushing through its first four games.
Tyler Pullum completed 15 of 28 passes for 194 yards and a 20-yard score to Lewis Hayes for the Hawks (0-6).
Back-to-back hat tricks to start a season have not been seen since the 1917-18 season, in which Cy Denneny, Joe Malone and Reg Noble each accomplished the feat.
Fellow Russian Evgeny Kuznetsov assisted on each of Ovechkin’s first three goals Saturday night, as Washington took a 4-0 lead into the first intermission. Ovechkin added a fourth goal, also assisted by Kuznetsov, in the second period.
“It’s a fun time when you play like that and your line’s feeling it,” Ovechkin said. “When your line’s feeling it, you just want to be out there more and more. Sometimes you play well but you don’t score. Right now, it’s we play well, we score goals, we’re dangerous. All three forwards are dangerous, and we just have to continue to play like that.”