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A few days after beating North Texas, Portland State has made interim coach Bruce Barnum the team's official head coach. The FCS-level Vikings beat North Texas 66-7 for the team's second win over an FBS team in 2015. Portland State opened the season with a win over Washington State. North Texas also fired coach Dan McCarney in the hours after the game. The loss dropped the Mean Green to 0-5. "It is my privilege to announce that Portland State has signed Bruce Barnum to a multi-year contract," athletic director Mark Rountree said in a statement. "Coach Barnum has proven he can lead our team to
With our last victory of 35-16 over University of Montana Grizzleys and a 7-1 record, Portland State is now ranked #10 in the STATS FCS poll and tied for #9 in the FCS coaches poll. We have three games left, a road game at Big Sky cellar dweller Northern Colorado Bears (possible trap game), and games against the Big Sky leaders Southern Utah Thunderbirds (home game) and at Eastern Washington Eagles (rivalry game for the Dam Cup). 8 wins and hopefully we will be a seeded team in the FCS national championship tourney or one at least of the teams getting an at large selection.
The Vikings went into the North Dakota game having relied heavily on the run and without having showed a lot in the passing game — and not much changed. PSU had trouble throwing the ball, other than Kuresa’s 76-yard TD slant pass-and-run to fleet Grant High graduate Paris Penn on the team’s first play from scrimmage. North Dakota was playing to stop the run first, which led to PSU gaining only 97 yards on 30 carries. “When that’s happening, we need to throw the football better,” Barnum says. “When there’s eight or nine (defenders) in the box, two more than us, we have to distribute to our rece
Check out Campus Insider's North Texas vs. Portland State prediction and game preview. At least someone has us picked to win something! Read article: http://campusinsiders.com/news/north-texas-vs-portland-state-prediction-game-preview-10-06-2015