PORTLAND, Ore. -- Lavell Ika scored the go-ahead touchdown with 1:35 remaining, and Southern Utah's defense stopped Portland State at the 1-yard line on the final play to hold on for a 49-42 victory on Saturday night.
Brad Sorensen threw for 311 yards and four touchdowns as the Thunderbirds (2-2, 1-0) won their first-ever Big Sky conference game. They outscored the Vikings 14-0 in the fourth quarter and never led before Ika's TD, a 1-yard rush.
Portland State (1-3, 1-1) furiously drove 66 yards in to face first and goal at the 2, but Kiernan McDonagh threw two incompletions before being stopped on a quarterback sneak.
McDonagh threw for 270 yards and a touchdown. The Vikings had 317 rushing yards.
Mitch Jessop caught nine passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns for the Thunderbirds. His 39-yard TD reception in the fourth quarter tied the game at 42-42.
Jacoby Brissett pass complete to David J. Grinnage for 16 yds for a TD
Christian Hackenberg pass complete to Chris Godwin for 8 yds for a TD
On Saturday, a who's who list of big-name coaches celebrated in their locker rooms by doing the latest dance craze.
Greg Joseph's two fourth-quarter field goals -- including the 29-yard game-winner -- saved Florida Atlantic as it rallied to beat Old Dominion 33-31 on Saturday.
Aaron Medley 47 yd FG GOOD
Andrew Allen pass complete to Jordan Bergstrom for 12 yds for a TD