PSUs defense has lots of confidence
- Cliff Pfenning
- Portland Tribune - Sports
Walsh ties a school record with 63 wins
Now that the Portland State defense has achieved its short-term goal of shutting out an opponent, the next challenge is to maintain that level of play.
The No. 14 Vikings were stunningly consistent on defense in a 16-0 victory over Southwest Texas State on Saturday before 5,807 at PGE Park. It was their first shutout in five years.
Portland State held the Bobcats to 256 total yards (only 87 on the ground), intercepted two passes and made them feel like they were playing the University of Minnesota again.
'(The Vikings) are just as athletic as Minnesota, especially on their defensive line,' Bobcat tailback Lee Davis said, reflecting on his team's 42-0 loss Aug. 31 in the Metrodome. 'We never got comfortable on offense, and a lot of that is because of Portland State.'
The Portland State defense allowed the Bobcats to put three first downs together on a drive only twice, and neither possession resulted in a scoring chance.
'It wasn't so much what they were doing,' senior linebacker Kevin Hastin said. 'It's all about how well we've been playing. Everyone is doing their job, and we're playing with a lot of confidence.'
The victory tied PSU coach Tim Walsh with Pokey Allen for the school record in wins with 63.
Linebacker Marcus Green and Antonio Jackson who scored a touchdown on special teams, were Big Sky players of the week.
Safety David Goodloe, who wasn't even listed on the two-deep depth chart, intercepted two passes for the second straight week.
PSU's offense played better than it has in a while, too. Juston Wood completed 24 of 42 passes for 214 yards. More important, Wood hit eight receivers, and three field goals capped drives of 13, 11 and 13 plays.
Portland State returns to Big Sky Conference play Saturday with a 6:05 p.m. home game against Eastern Washington at PGE Park.