PORTLAND, Ore. — Alex Kuresa threw two touchdown passes and ran for another as Portland State rallied to beat Division II-member Central Washington 43-26 in the season opener for both teams Saturday.
Kuresa led an 11-play, 85-yard drive that ended with a 4-yard scoring pass to Maximo Espitia, and the two-point conversion put the Vikings up 29-26 with 14:55 left to play.
Eight minutes later, Kuresa ran 21 yards to push the lead to 36-26. Kuresa threw for 222 yards and ran for 123. Nate Tago had 24 carries, 136 yards and three touchdowns.
The Wildcats took a 19-7 lead in the second quarter when Justin Lane completed a 63-yard touchdown pass to Jesse Zalk. Lane threw for 321 yards and three touchdowns.
The Vikings kept pace when Tago ran for a 43-yard score. Kuresa completed a 1-yard touchdown pass to Cam Sommer to give the Vikings their first lead just before half.