College football: Eastern Washington outlasts Sam Houston

CHENEY, Wash. — Vernon Adams threw for 302 yards and four touchdowns to lead Eastern Washington to a 56-35 victory over Sam Houston State on Saturday in the first college football game of the season.

The game matched traditional NCAA Football Championship Subdivision powerhouses. Eastern Washington is ranked first and Sam Houston 14th in the FCS coaches’ poll.

Adams completed 26 of 48 passes with one interception. Quincy Forte added 152 yards on 23 carries for the Eagles, who had 624 total yards.

For Sam Houston, Jared Johnson passed for 317 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Keshawn Hill ran the ball 17 times for 133 yards and one touchdown. The Bearkats had 542 total yards, but were hurt by 16 penalties for 159 yards.

Virginia Tech

BEAMER PICKS TRANSFER BREWER AS STARTING QB: In Blacksburg, Virginia, Texas Tech transfer Michael Brewer has won the starting quarterback job for Virginia Tech.

Hokies coach Frank Beamer made the announcement Saturday. He said the competition between last year’s backup, Mark Leal, and Brewer in preseason camp made the decision “a very difficult choice.”

Brewer, from Lake Travis, Texas, enrolled at Virginia Tech in the summer with two years of eligibility remaining after graduating from Texas Tech with a degree in personal financial planning. Because he graduated, he was immediately eligible to play for the Hokies.

Brewer played in 13 games at Texas Tech over two seasons after redshirting in 2011. His transition to the Hokies’ offensive system included learning to take snaps from under center because he played in spread offenses in high school and at Texas Tech.

Kent State

FUNERAL SET FOR BITSKO: In Huber Heights, Ohio, funeral services are set for a Kent State football player who was found dead in the bedroom of his off-campus apartment this week.

The university has said police believe 21-year-old Jason Bitsko passed away from an undetermined medical issue.

The Dayton Daily News reported visitation is scheduled Sunday afternoon and evening at the St. Peter Catholic Church family center in his hometown of Huber Heights, a Dayton suburb. The funeral is scheduled at the church Monday afternoon.

Bitsko was in his fourth year with the Golden Flashes and was slated to start at center. He started all 12 games in 2013.

His teammates plan to wear his number, 54, on their helmets in his honor this season.

West Texas A&M

FORMER NORTHWESTERN RB TRANSFERS: In Canyon, Texas, former Northwestern running back Venric Mark said he is transferring to West Texas A&M.

ESPN reported Saturday that Ward wanted to be closer to his mother.

He was going to be suspended for some of this season for an unspecified violation of team rules.