Kavanaugh carries Vikings to road win over Eastern Washington


CHENEY, Wash.- Quarterback Connor Kavanaugh led Portland State to a 43-26 win at Eastern Washington on Saturday.

Kavanaugh ran for 154 yards and passed for 147 yards and a touchdown.

The Vikings kept alive their outside hopes of making the postseason. They improved to 5-3 overall and 3-2 in the Big Sky.

Eastern Washington, the struggling and injury plagued defending national champions, fell to 4-5,4-3.

The Vikings, who have lost standout running back Cory McCaffrey to a season-ending Achilles' tendon injury, got help in the backfield from Willie Griffin, Shaq Richard and Justin Lilley, who combined for 179 yards and two touchdowns.

Eastern Washington had minus-1 yard rushing but QB Bo Levi Mitchell completed 20 of 42 passes for 440 yards and four touchdowns.

PSU trailed 14-3 before catching fire.

A trick play pass from receiver Nevin Lewis of 14 yards to Justin Monahan accounted for PSU's first touchdown.

Zach Brown's third field goal gave the Vikings a 15-14 lead.

After an EWU touchdown, Kavanaugh hit Monahan from 8 yards for a TD with two seconds left in the half. PSU led 22-20.

For the game, the Vikings had 499 yards of offense. The Eagles had 439, but just 169 in the second half.

The Vikings totaled five sacks, including two by linebacker Ian Sluss. DeShawn Shead led PSU with six tackles, one for loss, recovered a fumble and broke up a pass. In all, the Vikings forced three turnovers.

With 154 rushing yards, Kavanaugh increased his season total to 707 yards, a conference record for a quarterback.