Portland State Viking Preview

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PORTLAND STATE VIKING OVERVIEW

Head coach:  Tim Walsh (13th year at PSU)
(Career: 104-73 | At PSU: 77-59 | Versus Pac-10: 0-2)

Current ranking: NR
Current record: 0-0
Picked to finish:  Third in the conference by the media
Last year's record: 7-4, 4-3 in Big Sky play (Tied for third)
Bowl/playoffs game: -
Streak:  Four game winning streak, including a one game road winning streak

 

Last time PSU and OSU met...
Sept 10, 1983, Oregon State 51, Portland State 14
The Beavers and Vikings have met only once despite being just a little under 80 miles from each other.  Oregon State visited Civic Stadium in 1983 and pounded the then Division II Vikings 51-14 in front of the highest attended PSU home game in history (26,102).  The Beavers scored 34 points in the first quarter, which is the OSU record for most points in one quarter.

 

Portland State connection...
Portland State receiver and former Arizona quarterback Nic Costa played against the Beavers in the 2002 and 2003 Arizona games at Reser Stadium as a backup. Costa completed 1 of 5 passes for 11 yards in 2002 and 1 of 3 for five yards in ‘03. He was sacked a combined three times. PSU starting left tackle Matthis Gehring is a former walkon at Oregon State.

OSU special teams coordinator is Bruce Read, son of former Portland State and Montana coach Don Read.

 

Head coach Tim Walsh...
ON FACING OREGON STATE: "The key to the game falls on our offensive and defensive lines. If they can compete well, we will stay in the game."

ON HIS BIGGEST CONCERN HEADING INTO THE GAME: "Reacting to the speed of the game is very important. That goes hand-in hand with special teams play."

 

Players to watch:

WR Nic Costa - he has Pac-10 experience and will be looking to have a big game in his home state...fast and could give the young OSU corners headaches.

LB Joey King - big time player with a nose for the ball...will be looking to stuff the Beaver running game.

CB Dominic Dixon - talented coverman who is superb at tackling and loves to mix it up.

The offensive line - if the offensive line can keep the Beaver defense out of the backfield and give Smith time to throw, it will allow the Vikings to stay in the game, if not the Beavers will roll.

 

Additional notes:

  • Portland State - which also plays Boise State in 2005 - is one of only six 1-AA programs playing two 1-A programs this year.
     
  • PSU is 1-18 all-time in games against 1-A opponents, with the lone winning coming at Hawai'i in 2000 (45-20).
     
  • The only other Pac-10 school that Portland State has faced is Oregon, against whom the Vikings are 0-2.
     
  • Portland State has won five consecutive openers.
     
  • The Vikings have lost three straight to 1-A teams.
     
  • Tim Walsh's 77 victories at PSU at the most in school history.

 

OSUBeavers.com and GoViks.com contributed to this report.


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