Alex Kuresa threw two touchdown passes and ran for two more to lead Portland State to a 35-16 victory over Montana on Saturday night.
Portland State (7-1, 4-1 Big Sky Conference) has won three straight and remains a half-game back of conference-leaders Southern Utah and Eastern Washington.
Kuresa had touchdown passes of 41 and 46 yards, and scoring runs of 35 and 49 yards. David Jones added 65 yards rushing with a touchdown for the Vikings.
Montana's (4-4, 3-2) Makena Simis, who threw a school-tying six touchdown passes last week against North Dakota, was picked off three times by Patrick Onwuasor on consecutive drives in the first quarter.
Simis completed five passes, and had a 20-yard run to set up Jeremy Calhoun's 2-yard touchdown run to pull the Grizzlies to 14-7 midway through the second quarter. Simis bullied in from the 1 for a score with five minutes to play.
The Vikings snapped a eight-game losing streak to Montana, which stretched back to 2004. PSU’s 7-1 record is a first for the program, which had never been better than 6-2 after eight games before.
"That was a big win for us against a good football team," PSU head coach Bruce Barnum said in a release. "I am excited for this group."
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