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Broncos defense paves way for nonconference victory; Eastern Oregon next for Portland State

No. 22-ranked Boise State methodically overcame Portland State 45-10 Saturday night at Boise, Idaho.

Portland State quarterback Davis Alexander completed 11 of 23 passes for 133 yards and one touchdown and ran 12 times for 21 yards against a stiff Broncos defense.

PSU totaled 112 yards rushing (2.9 per attempt) and 133 passing, while Boise State had 161 yards on the ground (5.2 average) and 330 yards with four touchdowns in the air.

Portland State took the opening kickoff and the lead 3-0 on a 26-yard field goal by Cody Williams. A 52-yard gain by wide receiver Beau Kelly on an option pitch play had put PSU at the BSU 8.

The Broncos scored on the ensuing kickoff, with John Hightower making a 98-yard return.

Boise State forced a Vikings punt, then drove 86 yards in seven plays for a 14-3 lead after Chase Cord's 7-yard run.

The Vikings came right back, pulling to within 14-10 as Alexander hit wide receiver Mataio Talalemoto in stride on a post pattern for 52 yards and a touchdown with 2:25 left in the first quarter.

Boise State missed a 51-yard field goal early in the second quarter.

The Broncos were dealt a double blow at the 6:18 mark of the quarter when the Broncos scored on a 23-yard pass to Hightower and PSU rover Romeo Gunt was disqualified for a targeting hit on freshman quarterback Hank Bachmeier as Boise State stretched its lead to 21-10.

PSU free safety intercepted Bachmeier over the middle at midfield on the Broncos' next possession.

The Viks completed a pass to the end zone, but an offensive pass-interference penalty away from the play wiped out the score.

Boise State added a TD with 29 seconds left in the half on a pass tipped in the end zone by PSU defensive back Anthony Adams. The tip went right to the receiver, CT Thomas, for a 9-yard play and a 28-10 halftime lead.

Early in the third quarter, Thomas caught a 33-yard touchdown pass from Cord to give the Broncos a 35-10 edge. A 33-yard field goal mde the score 38-10 three minutes later.

Cord and Stefan Coobs hooked up for 44 yards and a fourth-quarter score, boosting the score to 45-10.

The Vikings (1-2) had opened their season with a very respectable 20-13 loss at Arkansas, then demolished NAIA Simon Fraser last week 70-7.

PSU returns home next week to face NAIA Eastern Oregon at 2 p.m. Saturday at Hillsboro Stadium in the Vikings' final tuneup for Big Sky play. PSU's first conference game is Sept. 28 at Idaho State.

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