Portland State simply too much for SOU
PORTLAND — Drew Hubel passed for 370 yards and four touchdowns as Portland State overpowered Southern Oregon for a 34-10 victory on Saturday at PGE Park.
The Vikings (1-1) looked rusty at times, with four lost fumbles and two interceptions, but the Portland State offense still had little trouble asserting itself against the NAIA Raiders (1-1).
After nearly fumbling away a punt in the opening minutes, the Vikings turned their fortunes around on their second offensive play when Aaron Woods took a Hubel screen pass 96 yards for the game's first score.
After forcing a Southern Oregon punt, Portland State needed just three more plays to get back on the scoreboard, on a 91-yard pass from Hubel to Lavonte Kirven.
A fumbled punt by Woods gave Southern Oregon its best position of the game at the Vikings' 14 late in the first quarter. The Raiders then moved the ball to the 1 but had to settle for Tyler Crowley's 18-yard field goal, which trimmed Portland State's lead to 14-3.
Portland State got those three points back early in the second period on Zach Brown's 52-yard field goal, and it was 17-3 Vikings at the half.
Hubel, who was 14 of 23, connected with Kirven again on a 42-yard scoring pass six minutes into the third period to make it 24-3.
The Raiders tried to make it interesting early in the fourth quarter when receiver Vance Beach got behind Portland State's blitz coverage for a 75-yard touchdown pass from Paul Sweeney, cutting the Vikings' lead to 24-10. But 30 seconds later, the Portland State's Raymond Fry caught a 53-yard touchdown pass from Hubel to restore the three-TD lead.
Sweeney finished the game with 231 yards on 16-of-41 passing, while sophomore running back Brandon Baldwin gained 27 yards on 21 carries for SOU.
Scott Graves, Thomas Sandoval and Damilyn Tanner each had five tackles to lead the Raiders, who return home to Ashland next Saturday when they play host to Willamette at 3 p.m.
Southern Oregon 3 0 0 7 —10
Portland State 14 3 7 10 —34
PSU—Woods 96 pass from Hubel (Z.Brown kick), 12:17.
PSU—Kirven 91 pass from Hubel (Z.Brown kick), 8:44.
SOU—FG Crowley 18, 2:56.
PSU—FG Z. Brown 52, 13:21.
PSU—Kirven 42 pass from Hubel (Z.Brown kick), 9:04.
SOU—Beach 75 pass from Sweeney (Crowley kick), 12:03.
PSU—Fry 53 pass from Hubel (Z.Brown kick), 11:28.
PSU—FG Z. Brown 46, 3:30.
First downs 12 15
Rushes-yards 34-12 29-149
Passing 231 374
Comp-Att-Int 16-41-2 15-26-2
Return Yards 36 17
Punts-Avg. 8-40.5 2-56.0
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 4-4
Penalties-Yards 3-25 9-85
Time of Possession 34:14 25:46
RUSHING—Southern Oregon, Baldwin 21-27, Lloyd 5-13, Beach 2-(minus 1), Sweeney 6-(minus 27). Portland St., Kavanaugh 3-65, McClintock 6-50, Okotcha 7-23, Kalpin 4-13, Bowen 4-8, Team 2-(minus 4), Hubel 3-(minus 6).
PASSING—Southern Oregon, Sweeney 16-41-2-231. Portland St., Hubel 14-23-2-370, Kavanaugh 1-3-0-4.
RECEIVING—Southern Oregon, Beach 8-143, Barone 3-20, Steindl 2-19, Keenan 1-28, McKenzie 1-15, Jorgensen 1-6. Portland St., Woods 5-118, Kirven 3-140, Fry 3-81, Okotcha 2-17, Anderson 1-11, Bowen 1-7.
COLLEGE OF IDAHO 3, SOUTHERN OREGON 2 — At Caldwell, Idaho, No. 11 College of Idaho won its 37th straight Cascade Conference home match with a hard fought 25-18, 16-25, 26-28, 27-25, 15-12 victory over 21st-ranked Southern Oregon on Saturday.
The Raiders (9-2, 3-1 CC) got another impressive performance by junior right side hitter Leah Bergstrom. Bergstrom had a team-high 18 kills and three blocks. Junior Heather Porter added 10 kills with only two errors and also had a hand in eight blocks.
Kathryn Ely had 19 kills for the Coyotes (7-1, 4-0).
The Yotes looked like they were going to make it a quick night as they hit .406 in the first set victory. But Southern Oregon came back and took control of the match, winning the next two sets by committing only four errors and giving itself a chance to win in the fourth set.
After trailing 19-11, the Raiders cut the lead to 22-21 after a pair of Dolores Christensen aces. The Raiders then tied the set at 24-24 with back-to-back Bergstrom kills. After an error by the Coyotes, SOU had match-point but an error and a Jessie Link kill forced the fifth set.
The Coyotes led 5-1 in the fifth set before the Raiders came back and cut it to 10-9 on a College of Idaho attack error, but that's as close as the Raiders would get in the set.
Becky Johnstone had 21 digs for the Raiders, while Angela Spieker had 24 assists and Caryn Westrick had 22 assists.