Victor Dias rushed for two touchdowns, including the eventual game-winning score with 8:10 to play, and the Eastern Oregon football team rallied in the fourth quarter for a 27-17 road win over Rocky Mountain College Saturday in Frontier Conference play in Billings, Montana.
“Great team win on a long road trip in the Frontier Conference,” EOU head coach Tim Camp said.
Eastern trailed 17-16 entering the fourth quarter, but Dias’ second 1-yard scoring run of the day and an ensuing 2-point conversion put EOU up 24-17. The Mountaineers iced the game a few minutes later when Jaiden Machuca hit a season-best 36-yard field goal.
The Mountaineers, led by 71 yards rushing from Kai Quinn and 67 yards from Dias, turned in one of their more effective running efforts of the season as they recorded 150 yards on the ground. Quinn, who was also 13-for-28 passing for 126 yards, had a 1-yard rushing touchdown that gave EOU a 16-10 lead with 4:52 to play in the third quarter.
RMC answered with a 22-yard Kamden Brown to Lucas Overton touchdown pass to take the one-point edge into the fourth quarter, where EOU rallied for its third win of the season, and second win when trailing in the fourth quarter.
Eastern also posted a strong effort on the defensive end by forcing three turnovers — including two interceptions nabbed by Haziel Ledezma and a fumble recovery by Chase Van Wyck.
Brown passed for 257 yards and two touchdowns for Rocky, but also threw the two picks to Ledezma.
EOU (3-7 overall, 3-6 Frontier) finishes the regular season Saturday when it hosts Carroll College and goes for a fifth straight win over the Fighting Saints.