DAVIS, Calif. (AP) -- Wide receiver Brendan Ferrigno caught five
passes for 99 yards and one touchdown to help Portland State beat
host UC Davis 14-12 on Saturday night.
Quarterback Sawyer Smith was 19-for-32 for 221 yards for the
Vikings, who have beaten UC Davis six straight times in seven
meetings. Tony Kays caught 15 passes for 165 yards and one TD for
the Aggies, who have lost at home for the second consecutive week.
During Portland State's first possession, Joe Rubin scored the
first points on a 6-yard sweep. Place kicker Eric Azorr made the
extra point, but missed a 25-yard field goal early in the second
quarter that could have put the Vikings up 10-0.
After the Aggies offense finally got into Portland State's
territory, safety Steve Shinen intercepted Davis quarterback Jon
Grant at the Vikings 24-yard line to end the drive. Portland State
led 7-0 at the half.
The Vikings sacked Grant three times for 21 negative yards,
giving UC Davis a total of six-minus rushing yards in the first
half. After Portland State's Andrew Levers kicked a 58-yard punt,
UC Davis drove 63 yards before the Vikings defense stopped the
Aggies at the 2-yard line on a fourth-and-goal late in the third
Ferrigno's 39-yard catch from Smith set up a 1-yard run by Rubin
in the fourth quarter to give Portland State its second TD of the
game. UC Davis finally got on the board after running back Alex
Garfio rushed in for a 4-yard TD in the fourth quarter. Matt
Locklin missed the extra point.
The Aggies got a break when the defense recovered a fumble by
Rubin on the Vikings 23-yard line. Grant found Kays for an 8-yard
score two plays later in the last four minutes of the fourth
period, but failed on a two-point conversion to tie the game at 14.
UC Davis had another opportunity to score with 2:14, but Kays,
who was having a career night, fumbled Levers' 42-yard punt on the
Aggies 36. The Vikings ran out the clock to end the game.