That the Portland State football team was rusty in its first game in 17 months was no surprise.
That Montana, in its second game of the spring, wasn't rusty, made for a challenging afternoon for visiting PSU Saturday, April 17.
The Grizzlies (2-0) scored three second-quarter touchdowns on their way to a 48-7 win over the Vikings.
Both Portland State and Montana opted out of the Big Sky Conference's spring football season. Saturday's game in Missoula was the culmination of spring practice for the Vikings.
Trailing 27-0 at halftime, Portland State got on the board early in the third quarter when Davis Alexander connected with Mataio Talalemotu for a 73-yard touchdown, but that was the lone offensive highlight for the Vikings.
Montana outgained Portland State 511-293, rushing for 248 yards and passing for 263.
Alexander completed 15 of 25 passes for 193 yards and one interception, along with the TD. Talalemotu (Beaverton High) had four catches for 93 yards and Beau Kelly five receptions for 61 yards.
Alexander netted 33 yards on 10 rushing plays to lead PSU ball carriers, as the Montana defense kept the Vikings to less than three yards per carry. PSU was 2 for 13 on third downs and 0 for 4 on fourth downs.
On defense for Portland State, freshman linebacker Parker McKenna (Beaverton High) was in on 10 tackles (five solo). Junior defensive back Anthony Adams (Newberg High) and freshman linebacker Justice Pagan (Clackamas High) each were in on nine tackles.
Sophomore safety David Joseph had an interception in the end zone to stop a first half Montana drive.
Griz quarterback Cam Humphrey completed 19 of 26 passes for 239 yards and two touchdowns.
Xavier Harris led the Montana ground game, gaining 109 yards on 13 carries and scoring two touchdowns.
It was the second big win in as many weeks for Montana, which beat Central Washington 59-3 on April 10.
Portland State and Montana are not scheduled to meet in the 2021 season, which for the Vikings is scheduled to begin on Sept. 4 at Hawaii.
MONTANA 48, PORTLAND STATE 7
PSU 0 0 7 0— 7
Montana 7 20 14 7—48
Mon — Xavier Harris 28 run (Jack Cooper kick), 5:26.
Mon — Harris 4 run (Cooper kick), 9:51.
Mon — Gabe Sulser 54 pass from Cam Humphrey (kick failed), 5:12.
Mon — Samuel Akem 15 pass from Humphrey (Carver Gilman kick), 0:09.
PSU — Mataio Talalemotu 73 pass from Davis Alexander (Cody Williams kick) 11:55.
Mon — Nick Ostmo 11 run (Gilman kick), 6:30.
Mon — Ostmo 6 run (Gilman kick), 4:14.
Mon — Ostmo 8 run (Gilman kick), 12:33.
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