PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Kelena Ho'okano rushed for three
touchdowns and Portland State scored on four consecutive first-half
turnovers by Northern Colorado as the Vikings rolled to a 45-3 Big
Sky win on Saturday.
It was a rough start for the Big Sky Conference's newest member
as the visiting Bears turned the ball over on their first four
Portland State (2-0, 1-0 Big Sky) scored each time to take a
The Vikings scored 38 unanswered points before Northern Colorado
picked up a late third-quarter 28-yard field goal by David Dyches.
Portland State defensive back Jordan Fenn got things going when
he intercepted a tipped pass and returned it to the Bears' 35.
Three plays later the Vikings scored when Sawyer Smith hit Brendan
Ferrigno with a 21-yard touchdown pass.
Northern Colorado (0-2, 0-1) made its best effort on its next
possession but it ended when quarterback Dominic Breazeale threw
his second interception, this time to Dominic Dixon.
The Vikings then went 78 yards in eight plays, helped by a
60-yard reception by Ferrigno.
Ho'okano capped the march with a four-yard touchdown run and
Portland State led 14-0.
Breazeale followed by fumbling a center snap and Portland state
converted that into a 37-yard field goal by Eric Azorr.
Breazeale also fumbled away the next possession, leading to a
one-yard scoring plunge by Ho'okano.