Vikings dominate Southern Utah
Portland State evened its Big Sky record at 1-1 on Saturday with a 52-31 victory over Southern Utah before an announced crowd of 3,222 at Hillsboro Stadium.
The Vikings (3-3 overall) led all the way and dominated the first half as they bounced back from last week's 51-24 defeat at Idaho State.
Southern Utah fell to 1-5, 0-2.
Portland State scored four touchdowns in the final 7:58 of the second quarter to break open the game.
PSU quarterback Davis Alexander finished the day with two touchdown passes, hitting 18 of 30 throws for 234 yards, with no interceptions. He ran sparingly, but got 80 yards and one touchdown on seven carries.
Portland State outgained Southern Utah 306 yards to 154 in the first half and 473 to 394 for the game.
PSU scored first. After having a touchdown pass wiped out by an ineligible player downfield penalty, Cody Williams kicked a 37-yard field goal 4:20 into the game.
Later in the first quarter, PSU drove 71 yards in eight plays, with Sirgeo Hoffman rushing two yards for a touchdown and 10-0 lead.
SUU came back with a 15-play, 66-yard march to get within 10-7. The touchdown came on a 5-yard pass from Chris Helbig to Lance Lawson after only 17 seconds of the second quarter.
PSU turned one of its several good defensive stops into a 45-yard touchdown drive and a 17-7 advantage. Alexander kept the ball for the final three yards.
Southern Utah muffed a fair catch on a punt, and Davis Koetter recovered for the Viks at the T-Birds' 19. Two plays later, Alexander hit wideout Beau Kelly for a 16-yard score, and Williams' PAT upped the count to 24-7.
An end-around by Emmanuel Daigbe worked for 11 yards and another TD with 47 yards left in the half.
Defensive back Anthony Adams nabbed his first interception of the season, giving Portland State the ball back at the Southern Utah 46. In two plays, the Vikings were in the end zone again, this time on a 46-yard oass from Alexander to Koetter at the 27-second mark.
The Thunderbirds moved the ball quickly and capitalized with a 32-yard field goal, only their second three-pointer in nine attempts this year, and PSU went to the locker room in front 38-10.
The Thunderbirds scored first in the second half, but Portland State pieced together a 10-play, 80-yard drive and got into the end zone on Malik Walker's 2-yard run .That made the score 45-17 with 1:47 to go in the third quarter.
SUU capped a 16-play, 85-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run from Helbig early in the fourth quarter.
Alexander picked up 43 yards on the ground — his longest run this season — and PSU scored with Hoffman blasting over from the 1.
Southern Utah drove again, and scored on Helbig's 14-yard throw to Brando Schenks with 1:65 on the clock.
Portland State, which has gone loss-win-loss-win-loss-win this season, will stay at home and play host to Idaho at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. It's homecoming for PSU.
Idaho lost at home Saturday to Weber State 41-35. The Vandals dropped to 2-4, 0-2.
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