UMW News BureauThe Bulldogs fell to 0-2 on the season after losing a Frontier Conference game to high-scoring Eastern Oregon. By Wally Feldt The Eastern Oregon Mountaineers broke open a tight game by scoring 21 second half points on the way to a 45-24 Frontier Conference football win over the University of Montana Western. With the win, the Mountaineers improve to 2-0 in league play and 2-1 overall while Montana Western falls to 0-2 in conference action. Eastern scored first at the 12:37 mark of the first quarter with a Chris Ware to Kevin Sampson one yard touchdown pass. The Bulldogs answered with a Aukkarapong Sribenjakul 21 yard field goal two minutes later. Ware threw is second touchdown pass, a nine-yard strike to Justin Reynolds, to extend the Mountaineers lead to 14-3. On the Bulldogs next possession, Charlie Dotson’s 22-yard touchdown run capped a 65 yard drive and the Eastern lead to 10-14. Thomas Akers extended the Mountain lead to seven points with his 27-yard field goal at the 8:17 mark of the second quarter. The Bulldogs tied the game on the first play of a drive when Michah Mamiya hit Deryk Van Zee on a 74-yard touchdown pass and a Aukkarapong Sribenjakul extra point. Eastern closed the half with Ware’s third touchdown pass of the half when he hit Kevin Sampson on a 12 yard scoring strike. The Mountaineers took advantage of Bulldog turnovers and outscored Montana Western 21-7 in the second half. Mamiya was 6 of 12 for 125 yards and one touchdown before injuring his arm late in the third quarter. In relief of Mamiya, true freshman Jeff Logan was 11 of 24 for 148 yards and one touchdown, but three interceptions. Van Zee led the Bulldog receivers with three catches for 110 yards and one score. Jordan Clary led the Montana Western ground game with 119 yards on 14 carries. Linebacker Chad Schira led the Bulldog defense with 10 unassisted tackles and eight assisted. For Eastern Oregon, Ware was 19 of 37 for 184 yards and five touchdowns. He rushed for an additional 40 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries. Marc-Avery Airhart led Eastern’s defense with six unassisted tackles and four assisted. Howard McDonald and Kasidy Gooch each had interceptions with long returns that led to Mountaineer touchdowns. Next week, the Bulldogs travel to Havre to face the MSU-Northern Lights while Eastern travels to Butte, Mont. to face Montana Tech.
The University of Montana Western has launched a national search for the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs position.