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Eric Barriere's record run leads Eastern Washington past Southern Utah 55-17

FILE: Eastern Washington quarterback Eric Barriere runs with the ball during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Washington State in Pullman, Wash., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)
FILE: Eastern Washington quarterback Eric Barriere runs with the ball during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Washington State in Pullman, Wash., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)
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CHENEY, Wash. (AP) — Eric Barriere threw for one touchdown and ran for two, including a school-record 85-yarder, in his second start, to lead Eastern Washington to a 55-17 win over Southern Utah on Saturday.

The sophomore, who started once last year in place of record-breaking Gage Gubrud, was 13 of 21 for a career-high 233 yards with 98 yards rushing on five attempts. His long run, highlighted by a de-cleating block by wide receiver Jayson Williams, was the longest for an Eagles quarterback and ninth-longest touchdown run in school history. Gubrud is out with a lower leg injury with no timetable for his return.

Sam McPherson and Antoine Custer had touchdown runs in the first quarter and Jay-Tee Tiuli recovered a fumble in the end zone before Barriere's electrifying run helped Eastern (5-1, 3-0 Big Sky Conference) take a 34-10 lead at halftime.

Barriere had a 1-run TD and a 29-yard scoring pass to Nsimba Webster, who had six catches for 114 yards, before Custer added his second scoring run. EWU led 55-10 ending the fourth quarter.

The Eagles finished with 610 yards, 380 on the ground, while the Thunderbirds (0-5, 0-2), who tied for the league crown last year, had 375.