CHENEY, Wash. -- Kyle Padron threw for 327 yards and Demitrius Bronson rushed for two touchdowns as Eastern Washington beat Wagner 29-19 in the second round of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs on Saturday.

Brandon Kaufman had 10 catches for 174 yards for the Eagles (10-2), who will face Illinois State in next week's quarterfinals.

Wagner (9-4), which saw its nine-game win streak snapped, got 60 yards rushing and a touchdown from Dominique Williams. But the Seahawks had to settle for field goals from David Lopez on four other scoring drives, and a fifth resulted in a blocked field-goal attempt.

Padron, making his first start since Sept. 8, completed 26 of 36 passes, including a 21-yard scoring toss to Ryan Seto in the first quarter. Kaufman's 1,432 receiving yards are just 21 short of Eastern Washington's single-season record.

Trailing 19-14 late in the third quarter, Padron hit Kaufman on a 47-yard pass that set up Quincy Forte's 3-yard scoring run. Padron and Kaufman connected on a two-point conversion to give the Eagles a 22-19 lead.

After a Wagner punt on its next possession, Eastern Washington marched 73 yards in 15 plays, capped by Bronson's 2-yard run that put the Eagles ahead by 10 with 4:02 left.

Eastern Washington led 14-6 early in the second half, but Jarret Dieudonne's interception of Padron set up Williams' 1-yard touchdown run that pulled Wagner within 14-13.

David Lopez followed with field goals of 29 and 32 yards as the Seahawks grabbed a 19-14 advantage.

Nick Doscher, the all-time leading passer at Wagner, completed 11 of 21 passes for 125 yards and rushed for another 44 yards. The senior quarterback capped the season with 231 straight passes without an interception.

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