WHEN: 6:05 p.m. Saturday
RADIO: KPOJ (620 AM)
NOTES: Junior receiver Ryan Brown has a pretty good handle on what's happened this season to Portland State (4-6, 1-5 Big Sky): 'We just haven't made plays, and that's what football is all about,' he says. 'We've got good players and good coaches and we're doing the things we need to do to win, but we just haven't made the plays, not for four quarters, and that's very frustrating. We're down to our final game, and we want to send our seniors out as winners because we want the younger guys to do the same for us when we're seniors.'
Coach Tim Walsh, in his 11th year, says Saturday's home game against a Montana State team (5-5, 3-2) that has aspirations of winning the Big Sky Conference title for a second straight year is about pride. 'Somehow, we have to get the passion and pride out of our guys for this game. It's as simple as that,' Walsh says.
Montana State quarterback Travis Lulay, from Regis High in Stayton, is third in the Big Sky in total offense at 238 yards per game, just ahead of PSU quarterback Joe Wiser, who is averaging 231 yards per game. PSU's Ryan Fuqua and MSU's Bruce Molock both have 747 rushing yards. Viking linebacker Joey King is third in the Big Sky in tackles with 9.4 per game, and end Josh Ratliff is fourth in the conference in sacks with six. Montana State, led by linebacker Kane Ioane, is seventh in the nation in scoring defense at 14.6 points per game.