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Vikings can't hold second-half lead as turnovers help Eagles' explosive offense score three times in third quarter.

Fifth-ranked Eastern Washington rallied from a second-half deficit to beat Portland State 42-28 on Saturday, Nov. 20, at Hillsboro Stadium.

Big picture: Portland State finishes the season at 5-6, 4-4 in the Big Sky. The Vikings' losses were to Big Sky champion Sacramento State, second-place Montana State and third-place Eastern Washington. Ultimately, turnovers were too much for the Vikings to overcome on Saturday, when EWU converted two takeaways into touchdowns.

Storyline: Davis Alexander completed his career as second on the PSU passing list with 9,234 yards and tied with Jimmy Blanchard for second in touchdown passes at 63. As was the case against the better Big Sky opponents, Portland State couldn't keep pace with a talented opposing offense. In this case, it was Eastern Washington quarterback Eric Barriere who threw for 320 yards and five touchdowns.

Notable numbers: Portland State ran more plays (76-62) and had more than a 12-minute advantage in time of possession. … Mataio Talalemotu caught 10 passes for 108 yards. Alexander was 34 of 52 for 338 yards and two touchdowns, including a 48-yarder to Beau Kelly that put PSU up 21-14 early in the second half. Darien Chase caught nine passes for 71 yards and a touchdown and 28 rushing yards. Linebacker Parker McKenna led the Vikings with eight tackles.

Up next: Portland State's season is over.


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