Malik Walker rushed for a career-high 89 yards and a touchdown in the win over Western Oregon.
by Mike Lund
Liquids were flowing at Hillsboro Stadium on Saturday afternoon – both from the sky and from the taps – as Portland State Football claimed a 21-7 home victory over western Oregon.
The Vikings’ defense held the Wolves scoreless for 56 minutes before allowing a late touchdown. The victory sees PSU (1-2) face nationally ranked Montana State (2-1) next Saturday in Hillsboro in the Big Sky Conference opener for both programs. This match starts at 2:05 pm and can be seen on ESPN +. Tickets are available at www.GoViks.com, with prices ranging from $ 10 to $ 25.
But first, a review of the Vikings’ first victory as they dodged the heavy downpours while fans enjoyed free beer, courtesy of the head coach Bruce barnum.
Earlier this week, Barnum gave fans free beer during an interview with the John Canzano Bald-Faced Truth radio show. Unsurprisingly, it turned into a local and national story. The offer turned out to be a success as PSU and Western Oregon fans enjoyed over 2,000 free beers from Barny’s Beer Garden adjacent to the stadium.
Meanwhile, on the field, the Vikings defense allowed just 106 yards in the first half, 278 yards for the game, and had nine tackles for a loss, four sacks and six assists. linebacker Broderick Harrell made 10 tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss, one sack and one pass break.
On offense, quarterback Davis Alexander threw for 295 yards and two scores. Darien Chase (8-73-0), Nate bennett (6-106-0) and Handsome Kelly (4-60-2) all had big reception days. To recover Malik walker rushed for a career-high 89 yards and a touchdown.
Some highlights from Portland State football as the Vikings enter the Big Sky Conference game:
- JR WR Handsome Kelly leads the Vikings and Big Sky Conference in receiving with 20 receptions for 344 yards and four touchdowns. He ranks sixth in the country with 114.7 yards per game.
- JR DE VJ Malo has become a destructive force for offenses early in the season. Malo has 13 tackles this season, including seven tackles for a loss and 5.5 sacks. He ranks fifth in the country for sacks and six for tackles for losses.
- JR CB Anthony adams (Newberg) started his season in a familiar way. In three games, Adams has three takeaways – two steals and a fumble recovery. In 2019, Adams led the nation in FCS-level defended passes in 2019 (5 INT, 19 PBU) winning first-team All-American consensus honors.
- In addition to Kelly, the Vikings had a great production of FR WR Darien Chase (Vancouver-Union) and Nate bennett. Chase tied Kelly with 20 receptions. He has 237 receiving yards to place eighth in the Big Sky. Chase played a 100-yard game at Hawai’i. Bennett has 17 receptions for 266 yards and two touchdowns and has started all three games. He won his first 100-yard game with six receptions for 106 yards against Western Oregon.
- SR QB Davis Alexander climbs the charts among the all-time leaders in the state of Portland. He has a chance to end his career second in virtually every overtaking category behind Viking legend Neil Lomax. Alexander is 73-133 for 988 yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions this season. Alexander ranks second in the Big Sky for passing yards per game (329.3) and total offense (356.3). He ranks seventh and sixth respectively in the country in both categories.
- In defense, two FR LBs from local schools were major contributors: Parker McKenna (Beaverton) leads the Vikings with 20 total tackles and one tackle for a loss. the pagan judge (Clackamas) has 16 tackles, three tackles for a loss and one sack.