Glanville, the second-year Portland State head coach, brought his mostly hapless Vikings to Cheney last year and departed with a 28-21 win over an Eastern Washington team that would advance to the Division I-AA quarterfinals.
PSU won only three games last season and were picked by Big Sky Conference beat writers to finish sixth in the league this year. The Vikes come to Pullman at 1-1. They defeated Division II Western Oregon in their opener and lost Saturday at UC-Davis, 38-24.
Oddsmakers don't put spreads on games between Division I-A and I-AA teams, so there's no line on the Cougar-Viking match up.
Even with the Cougars' horrific start to the season – 0-3 by a collective score of 150-33 – it's probably fair to say a loss to Portland State would be a major upset. Perhaps not a complete shocker, however, when you consider Portland State's offense and WSU's woeful defense.
The Viking O, led by the mythical aerial guru Mouse Davis, led all D-IAA schools in passing offense last season, averaging 360.9 yards per game. They averaged 423 yards of total offense per outing and scored 30.7 points per game. And get this – much of that production was accomplished with a true freshman, Drew Hubel, behind center. Hubel played in six games and showed his star power in his first outing, completing 35 of 56 passes for 485 yards for a national-record tying nine touchdowns and no interceptions against Weber State. The Vikes scored 68 points – and lost the game.
Hubel is back in pocket this season and PSU is ranked second in the nation in passing offense. In two games, Hubel's completed 55 of 91 passes for 642 yards. The 6-5, 205 pounder from Corvallis turned down a chance to walk on at Oregon State in favor of a scholie at PSU in part because he knew he'd get a chance to play right away for a guy – Davis – who throws early and often.
Davis, the father of the run ‘n shoot, made national headlines when he was head coach at PSU in the 1970s. With strong-armed Neil Lomax at his side, the Vikings rewrote the passing record books. The no-huddle offense that WSU runs today is a descendent of Davis' original run ‘n shoot.
Davis returned to PSU last season as offensive coordinator when his old buddy, Glanville, was named head coach. They came to PSU from Hawaii, where they were assistants to June Jones.
This is the first college head coaching job for the 66-year-old Glanville, who spent three decades as an NFL assistant coach, head coach, and network TV analyst. He was a head man for eight seasons – four each with the Falcons and Oilers. He was known for his all-black wardrobe, fiery (and sometimes controversial) competitiveness and off-field sense of humor.
Aside from his all-black threads, he is perhaps best known for the long-running tale that he left tickets at will call for Elvis Presley at every game. Just one problem. It's not true. Glanville actually left tickets for Elvis only once, at a preseason game in Elvis' hometown of Memphis.
• PSU is 2-23 lifetime against Division I-A schools, including 0-6 against Pac-10 teams. This will be the first meeting between the Cougs and Vikes.
• The Vikings' nearly all-black home uniforms aren't the work of Glanville. Nike designed them with no input from Glanville.
• Kickoff Saturday is 4 pm. The game will be televised on FSN. In Seattle, The Village Pub in Magnolia will have its 28 flat screens tuned in and the menu will feature $5 drink and food specials.
• Glanville was the head coach of the Falcons when they made one of the worst trades in NFL history, sending a young backup QB by the name of Brett Favre to the Packers for ......
• Cougar running backs coach Steve Broussard was a Viking assistant under the prior regime at PSU.
• At EWU, Wulff was 4-4 against PSU.
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