Mitchell Repeats as Big Sky Offensive POW
Senior Quarterback has the Second-Most Efficient Game of his
Career in 48-27 Win Over Northern Colorado
Only once has Bo Levi Mitchell been as efficient.
The senior quarterback had an even 400 passing yards in EWU’s 48-27 win over Northern Colorado on Oct. 15., finishing with three touchdowns through the air and one on the ground.
It was the second-best passing effort of his career to lead the Eagles to their third-straight victory. He completed 28-of-39 passes with no interceptions en route to his sixth career game of 300 yards or more, including his fourth this season. His passing efficiency rating of 183.3 was the second-best performance in his 22-game career, ranking only behind the 192.7 rating he had last season versus Northern Arizona (20-of-26, 288 yards, three touchdowns, two interceptions).
“Two weeks in a row Bo Levi has just played incredibly solid football,” said Eastern head coach Beau Baldwin, whose team plays at Sacramento State this Saturday (Oct. 22). “And that’s huge for us.”
His performance against the Bears was the 17th in school history of 400 yards or more. His career-high for passing yards was 456 in EWU’s season-opener this year against Washington when he completed 39-of-69 passes. He has now had 53 touchdown passes in his career to move into third in school history. Only recent record-breaking Eagle quarterbacks Erik Meyer (84 from 2002-05) and Matt Nichols (96 from 2006-09) have more.
A week earlier in a 36-28 win at Northern Arizona, Mitchell passed for 356 yards – accounting for all of EWU’s touchdowns and all but 34 of Eastern’s total of 390 yards of offense. One of his TD passes was a 17-yard completion to his older brother Cory Mitchell, who leaped high in the air to pull down the pass that Bo Levi admitted later was intended for another receiver.
As a result, Mitchell was selected as Big Sky Conference co-Offensive Player of the Week -- the first such honor for the senior from Katy, Texas. A year ago, he was an honorable mention All-Big Sky Conference selection and was the Most Outstanding Player in the NCAA Division I Championship Game won by the Eagles 20-19 over Delaware.
In this week’s NCAA Football Championship Subdivision statistics, Mitchell is second in passing yards (339.9 yards per game), fourth in total offense (333.3) and 38th in passing efficiency (137.3). He leads the Big Sky in passing and total offense.
Despite playing just two seasons at Eastern, Mitchell already ranks fourth in school history for career passing yards (5,875), and is also third in touchdown passes (53), fourth in completions (498), fourth in attempts (820) and fifth in passing efficiency rating (136.4).