N Colorado 17

(2-2, 0-0 Big Sky)

Portland State 41

(3-1, 1-0 Big Sky)

9:00 PM ET, September 24, 2005

1 2 3 4 T
UNCO 0 10 7 017
PRST 14 0 14 1341

Top Performers

Passing: T. Swanson (UNCO) - 173 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: J. Rubin (PRST) - 47 CAR, 356 YDS, 5 TD

Receiving: C. Sleeth (UNCO) - 4 REC, 72 YDS, 1 TD

Portland State 41, Northern Colorado 17

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Tailback Joe Rubin rushed for a career-high 356 yards and five touchdowns to lead Portland State to a 41-17 victory over Northern Colorado on Saturday night

The Vikings (3-1) dominated virtually every phase of the game, but they couldn't put away the Bears until late in the fourth quarter. Portland State's 4-of-13 conversion rate on third down helped keep the game close for three and a half quarters.

Rubin had 91 yards rushing each of the first two quarters, but Portland State led only 14-10 at halftime.

The Vikings pushed their advantage to 21-10 early in the third quarter on an eight-yard scoring run by Rubin, whose performance placed him No. 2 on the school's single-game rushing list. The touchdown was set up by Dominic Dixon's interception, which he returned 30 yards to the Northern Colorado 18.

The Bears (2-2) then fumbled away the ensuing kick-off and Portland State scored two plays later on a two-yard run by fullback Allen Kennett, which made it 28-10.

The Bears kept the game interesting with an 80-yard scoring drive that consumed only 1:44 and was capped by Kacie Wolfe's one-yard run. That cut Portland State's lead to 28-17 with 7:52 left in the third quarter.

It stayed that way until Rubin scored his fourth touchdown with five minutes left in the game. Rubin finished off the evening with a one-yard touchdown run with 1:48 left.

Rubin became the fourth Portland State player to rush for 300 yards in one game.

Ryan Fuqua holds the school record with a 393-yard effort against Eastern Washington in 2001.