Saturday, Sept. 25: Bobcats 30, Vikings 17
Big picture: Portland State (1-3, 0-1 Big Sky) hung around, but a balanced offense allowed Montana State (3-1, 1-0) to take control in the second half. The Vikings continue to lack balance on offense, a challenge that makes it difficult to beat teams the caliber of the Bobcats.
Notable numbers: Montana State outgained Portland State 479-351, 254-54 on the ground. In the second half, the Bobcats ran 26 times for 117 times compared with the Viks netting 13 yards from 14 runs. Isaiah Ifanse ran 30 times for 217 yards for MSU. Bobcats receiver Lance McCutcheon had eight catches for 161 yards and a go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter. PSU quarterback Davis Alexander finished 18 of 32 for 266 yards with a touchdown and interception.
Reaction: The Bobcats put PSU quarterback Davis Alexander under consistent pressure in the second half, and controlled play by running the ball and wearing down the Viks' defense. Portland State limited MSU to three field goals before halftime but appeared to wear down as Montana State had the ball for five more minutes in the second half than did the Viks. After scoring 10 first-quarter points, the Vikings scored only one touchdown the rest of the way.
Up next: Portland State at Southern Utah, 5 p.m., Oct. 2.
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