SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Running back Bryan Hilliard rushed for 125 yards and scored two touchdowns in Sacramento State's 41-31 victory over Portland State on Saturday.
Jason Smith threw for 307 yards and two touchdowns and scored on a 1-yard run for the Hornets (3-2, 1-1 Big Sky), who had previously dropped the last eight games to the Vikings. Tony Washington caught nine passes for 158 yards and one touchdown for the Hornets.
Trailing 14-0 in the first quarter, the Hornets came back to score 20 unanswered points. The scoring was capped off by a 15-yard interception return for a TD by freshman defensive back Deionte Gordon in the second quarter.
The Vikings ended the first half leading 21-20 after Woods caught an 80-yard touchdown from Howland with 1:10 left in the second quarter.
Sacramento State regained the lead by scoring 14 straight points in the third quarter.
The Vikings cut the Hornets' lead 34-31 on a 30-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, but Sac State controlled the ball on the ground, and scored on 2-yard run by Hilliard to extend its margin.