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Vikings fall in defensive struggle 17-7

CEDAR CITY, Utah — Portland State's football season continued to go the wrong way, as the Vikings fell to 0-3 in the Big Sky with a 17-7 loss at Southern Utah on Saturday.

PSU's defense held the Thunderbirds (2-1 Big Sky) to 183 yards, but two turnovers helped the home team break through with touchdown drives of 18 and 1 yards and a field goal that came after a 12-yard drive that followed a 22-yard punt return.

The Vikings (3-4 overall) managed 196 yards passing from three quarterbacks and 117 yards on the ground (2.9 per carry), while throwing three interceptions and losing two fumbles.

The seven points were the fewest scored by PSU in a Big Sky game since a 14-0 loss to Montana on Oct. 7, 2006.

PSU pulled to within 10-7 at halftime with a 13-play, 75-yard TD drive late in the second quarter. QB Paris Penn scored on a fourth-and-goal run from the 1-yard line.

Southern Utah (5-2 overall) interecepted QB Collin Ramirez at midfield and returned the ball to the PSU 1. Three plays later, the Thunderbirds punched the ball into the end zone to go in front 17-7 with 6:01 remaining.

Kasey Closs led the Viks with five catches for 57 yards, and DJ Adams ran 17 times for 47 yards.

Linebacker Jaycob Shoemaker made 11 tackles, Dean Faddis had 10 and David Edgerson had six stops and a pick.

Southern Utah ran 36 times for 64 yards (1.8 per carry), and had 119 yards in the air.

Portland State's next game is 1 p.m., Oct. 26 at Jeld-Wen Field against North Dakota.