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.