The Cal State Long Beach 49ers dug themselves another hole Saturday afternoon--the kind they have been digging all season--but this time it was too deep to escape and they were upset, 30-23, by Eastern Washington University.
It was homecoming at Veterans Stadium, but Long Beach fell on its face, trailing 30-7 before mounting one of its usual comebacks.
But this time it fell short and left Coach Mike Sheppard discouraged about his team's habit of falling behind. He vowed to do something about it.
"I didn't have them prepared well enough," Sheppard said. "Next week we're going to have four full practices in pads.
"We shouldn't have had trouble getting up for a game like this. There's no excuse. Our defense played without emotion, and we're not good enough to play anybody unemotionally."