Matt Nichols, last season's MVP in the Big Sky Conference, threw one touchdown and completed 36 of 61 passes for 335 yards. He also threw three interceptions. Tony Davis caught 13 passes for 114 yards to lead the Eagles.
First-year coach Beau Baldwin lost his debut at Eastern of the Football Championship Subdivision. The Eagles defense pressured Harrell at times but only enough to slow Tech's usual scoring pace.
The Red Raiders came into the game with their highest preseason ranking in 31 years.