The University of Northern Colorado (2-7, 1-5 Big Sky) fell to Portland State (4-5, 3-3 Big Sky) in its conference game on Saturday in Hillsboro, Oregon.
Both teams have experienced their fair share of struggles this season, and after the bye week, UNC was specifically looking for a win. It has not been in the win column since Sept. 24, when it defeated Idaho State at home, and that didn’t change this weekend.
The Bears fell to the Viks, 35-21, despite leading 14-0 after the first quarter.
Both teams have struggled with consistency. That was on display in the contest with missed tackles, turnovers, dropped passes and penalties, but PSU was able to come out on top. It recorded 493 yards and 26 first downs.
UNC ended the game with 469 yards and 27 first downs. The offense had a resurgence late in the game, but it came a little too late.
Follow along with the Greeley Tribune scoring summary of the game, presented in reverse chronological order.
Fourth quarter (4:14): UNC 21, PSU 35 – Graduate running back Elijah Dotson ran the ball in for a 3-yard touchdown. It was the first time UNC scored since the second drive of the game.
Third quarter (6:14): UNC 14, PSU 35 – Portland State ran the ball through traffic into the end zone for a 14-yard touchdown.
Second quarter (6:46): UNC 14, PSU 28 – Portland State scored a 38-yard touchdown to take a two touchdown lead. UNC had an opportunity to force a punt earlier in the drive, but a penalty gave up a free first down.
Second quarter (6:46): UNC 14, PSU 21 – The Viks took their first lead of the game with a 37-yard touchdown pass. PSU put together two first downs on the drive.
Second quarter (12:14): UNC 14, PSU 14 – Portland State tied the game after the Northern Colorado defense left a receiver wide open. The Viks earned possession after forcing a fumble.
Second quarter (14:51): UNC 14, PSU 7 – The Viks scored their first touchdown of the game early in the second frame, getting in the end zone after a 64-yard play.
First quarter (1:13): UNC 14, PSU 0 – After UNC sophomore linebacker Elijah Anderson-Taylor forced a fumble on the previous defensive drive, the Bears capitalized on the turnover. Dotson scored a 1-yard touchdown after an 84-yard drive.
First quarter (11:05): UNC 7, PSU 0 – Freshman wide receiver Zain Zinicola scored the first points of the game on a 67-yard touchdown. Zinicola evaded a Portland State defender and had a wide-open run.