The sophomore RB returned from his shoulder injury with a bang. He ran for 103 yards and scored three touchdowns, the first time he has scored three TDs in a game. His 43-yard scoring run to open the second half was a career-long.
The Vikings were a good warm-up for the season. The Beavers won easy, but if Portland State prepared them for the tougher opponents later in the season remains to be seen.
First offensive play
The Beavers started fast with an 87-yard pass from QB Sean Canfield to WR James Rodgers. The rout was on from that point. The Beavers established their speed and strength superiority, and were never in danger of losing.
5.3 vs. 7.3
Both offenses moved the ball well, but the Beavers averaged 7.3 yards a play to 5.3 by the Vikings. OSU sustained its drives, and forced Portland State to punt five times and lose one fumble.
CB James Dockery (bruised arm) sat out the end of the game but isn't expected to miss any time.
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OSU added another win to its nonconference home victory streak, now at 26. The streak started Nov. 16, 1996 with a 67-28 win over Northern Illinois. The biggest challenge will be Sept. 19 against Cincinnati.
The Beavers continue to dominate the brief series between the in-state rivals. They are now 3-0 against the Vikings. The previous victories were 51-14 in 1983 and 41-14 in 2005.
OT Michael Philipp started the game as expected. He became the first true freshman to start on the line for the Beavers since Keith DiDomenico at guard in 1997 against Southern California and Oregon.
The were seven other true freshmen who played: S Jordan Poyer, LB Devin Unga, LB Kevin Unga, RB Jovan Stevenson, OT Geoff Garner, LB Rueben Robinson and WR Markus Wheaton. They are all the newcomers who were expected to play this season.
• The 87-yard TD pass from Canfield to Rodgers to start the game was the sixth-longest in OSU history.
• The 50-yard FG by Justin Kahut in the second quarter was a career-long.
• The Beavers led 14-0 after the first quarter. They have outscored opponents 174-44 in the first quarter in the last 17 games.
• OSU won its season opener for the fourth time in five years.