Montana State vs. Portland State – Game preview – September 25, 2021



The Portland State Vikings (1-2, 0-0 Big Sky) host a Big Sky showdown against the Montana State Bobcats (2-1, 0-0 Big Sky) on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at Hillsboro Stadium.

Game Info

  • Match day: Saturday 25 September 2021

  • Game time: 5:00 p.m. ET

  • TV channel: ESPN +

  • Site: Hillsboro, Oregon

  • Stadium: Hillsboro Stadium

Portland State Statistics and Trends

  • The Vikings, on average, score 14.7 more points (26.7) than the Bobcats allow (12.0).

  • The Vikings are racking up 438.0 yards per game, 178.3 more than the Bobcats allow (259.7).

  • The Bobcats’ defense has allowed an average 102.7 yards per game in opposing running games this season. That total is about the same as the rushed exit per game for the Vikings (100.3 yards per game).

  • The Vikings have returned the ball seven times this season, while the Bobcats have three takeaways.

Montana State Statistics and Trends

  • The Bobcats have averaged 4.4 more points this season (37.7) than the Vikings have allowed (33.3).

  • The total yards the Bobcats ‘offense has racked up and the Vikings’ defense gave up per game this year is under 5.7 yards (432.0 to 437.7).

  • The Vikings allowed 164.7 rushing yards per game. That’s 27.0 less than the Bobcats win per game (191.7).

  • The Bobcats have returned the ball once this season, while the Vikings have five takeaways.

Portland State players to watch

  • Davis Alexander was a double threat to rule the state of Portland in both passing and rushing. He has 988 passing yards (329.3 yards per game), completing 54.9% of his passes and recording seven touchdowns and four interceptions this season. He ran 81 yards (27.0 yards per game) on 21 carries with one rushing touchdown.

  • The team’s top forward, Malik Walker, carried the ball 42 times for 183 yards (61.0 per game), with two touchdowns this year.

  • Beau Kelly’s 344 receiving yards (114.7 yards per game) had 20 receptions with four touchdowns.

  • Nate Bennett has a 266-yard season so far (88.7 yards per game) with two touchdowns, recording 17 assists.

  • Darien Chase’s 20 receptions netted him 237 yards (79.0 yards per game).

Montana State Players to Watch

  • Matthew McKay leads Montana State with 680 passing yards (226.7 yards per game) on 50 of 75 passes with seven touchdowns and no interceptions this season. He also has 128 rushing yards (42.7 yards per game) on 26 carries.

  • Isaiah Ifanse carried the ball 45 times for a peak of 272 yards (90.7 per game), with two touchdowns this year.

  • Lance McCutcheon’s 253 receiving yards (84.3 yards per game) punctuate all the team’s receivers. He totaled 15 receptions and two touchdowns.

  • Willie Patterson has seven passes for 124 yards (41.3 yards per game) and two touchdowns this year.

  • Elijah Elliott’s four catches this season have resulted in 80 yards (40.0 yards per game) and a touchdown.


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