Portland State shuts out Vandals
HILLSBORO — If you can't score, you can't beat the Portland State Vikings.
The Viks posted their first shutout of a Big Sky foe in 13 years on Saturday, shutting down Idaho 24-0 at Hillsboro Stadium.
The last blanking came on Oct. 21, 2006, when PSU beat Eastern Washington 34-0.
The Vandals didn't pose much of a threat. Idaho's offense, crippled with the loss of some key skill players, was a mess, especially against a good PSU defense that not only put pressure on the Vandal quarterbacks but broke up passes well on the back end.
Idaho wound up switching QBs in the second going, inserting 6-4, 270-pound junior Colton Richardson for senior startr Mason Petrino, and Richardson showed some ability to throw the football — but the Vandals were just about as ineffective either way.
Portland State had four interceptions and gave up few big plays.
Sophomore defensive back Anthony Adams had two picks, one in the first quarter and the other on the final play on a Hail Mary try.
Idaho finished with 236 yards — 80 on 33 rushes, and 156 on 13-for-29 passing.
The Vikings were good enough offensively, notably after a 0-0 first half that ended after an end zone interception by PSU
Junior QB Davis Alexander was the key to the Vikings' attack. He ran 11 times for a team-high 91 yards and completed 13 of 26 passes for 167 yards, without an interception.
PSU broke the scoreless tie on a 38-yard field goal by sophomore Cody Williams with 11:36 left in the third quarter.
Portland State upped its lead to 10-0 with an eight-play, 91-yard drive. Alexander weaved his way the final 21 yards for a touchdown, shortly after he had moved the chains with a 29-yard run.
PSU got more insurance early in the fourth quarter. Alexander capped a 10-play, 80-yard drive by throwing a 28-yard pass to sophomore wide receiver Davis Koetter.
And, with 1:21 on the clock, Alexander hit junior wideout Emmanuel Daigbe from 21 yards for the final TD.
The Viks finished with 348 yards on offense, 181 on the ground and Alexander's 167 in the air.
Portland State went above .500 overall for the first time this season, improving to 4-3 overall and 2-1 in conference action.
Idaho's third loss in a row left the Vandals at 2-5, 0-3.
The Viks have a great shot at another win next week, as they'll go to struggling Northern Colorado. UNC dropped to 1-6, 1-2 on Saturday with a 54-21 loss at Eastern Washington. Northern Colorado has scored only 113 points this season, but has allowed 277.
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