Washington edges past Eastern 30-27By TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer Sunday, Sep 4, 2011
SEATTLE (AP)—Desmond Trufant intercepted Eastern Washington quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell in the end zone with 29 seconds left and Washington survived for a 30-27 win on Saturday against the defending FCS national champions.
Mitchell had driven the Eagles from their own 5 to the Washington 25 with 41 seconds left. After an incompletion, Mitchell tried to force a pass to Brandon Kaufman and Trufant won the jump ball, wrestling it away from Kaufman as the pair hit the purple turf and creating a giant exhale from the 58,000 in attendance.
Washington quarterback Keith Price tossed a trio of touchdown passes in the first home start of his career and Chris Polk ran for 125 yards less than three weeks after having minor knee surgery.
Mitchell finished 39 of 69 for 473 yards and three touchdowns, but threw two interceptions.