GAMEDAY College Football

Washington State 44, Portland State 24

Associated Press

PULLMAN, Wash. - Jayden de Laura threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score as Washington State beat Portland State 44-24.

Deon McIntosh rushed for 64 yards and a touchdown and Max Borghi added 59 yards and a touchdown for Washington State (1-1), which rebounded from a last-minute loss to Utah State at home last weekend. Travell Harris had 188 all-purpose yards and caught two touchdown passes.

Davis Alexander threw for 318 yards and two touchdowns for Portland State (0-2), an FCS program which upset Washington State in Pullman the last time the teams played in 2015. His favorite target was Beau Kelly, who caught 10 passes for 152 yards.

Portland State, a member of the Big Sky Conference, fell to 4-42 all-time against FBS teams.

Washington State blew the game open in the second quarter when it switched to a hurry-up offense and scored on four straight possessions to take a 30-10 lead at halftime.

"Jayden plays good at that pace," WSU coach Nick Rolovich said. "It was very effective today."

"This was in our plans," Rolovich said.

Also effective was the WSU running game, which gained 159 yards on an average of 4.8 yards per carry.

Rolovich said he was dissatisfied with how often his quarterbacks checked out of running plays during the loss to Utah State.

"We threw it too much when it should have been handed off," Rolovich said of the Utah State game. As a result, "we took out some pre-snap decisions for the quarterback."

De Laura, a sophomore who started all four games last season, completed 21 of 29 passes for 303 yards and was intercepted once.

Portland State coach Bruce Barnum said Washington State was a fast team and only was penalized once for 10 yards.

"They got snake bit last week and they responded. Good for them," Barnum said.

"To beat a team like Washington State, we need to play damn near perfect, and we didn't do that today," Barnum said.

"We just couldn't run, and that puts us in a tough spot, especially because they've got a back end like we won't see in our conference," Barnum said. "I could have run my quarterback, but I wasn't gonna let my quarterback get banged up, because if we can win from here on out we can still make a run at the Big Sky playoffs."

Washington State struck first when de Laura fired a 22-yard touchdown pass to a leaping Calvin Jackson Jr. in the end zone early in the first quarter.

Washington State drove to the Portland State 6 on its next possession, but de Laura was intercepted in the end zone by Anthony Adams to end the drive.

Alexander led Portland State on a 79-yard drive early in the second quarter, capped by his 1-yard scoring run, to tie the score at 7-7.

Harris returned the ensuing kickoff 50 yards to the Portland State 46. Three plays later de Laura ran in from the 10-yard line as Washington State took a 14-7 lead.

After a Portland State punt, de Laura directed a 75-yard drive that ended with McIntosh's 16-yard run up the middle that gave Washington State a 21-7 lead.

Cody Williams replied with a 46-yard field goal for Portland State, but de Laura then marched the Cougars down the field in six quick plays. His 19-yard touchdown pass to Harris gave WSU a 27-10 lead.

Dean Janikowski kicked a 23-yard field goal as time expired to give WSU a 30-10 halftime lead.

Borghi scored on a 1-yard run late in the third for a 37-10 WSU lead.

Alexander fired a 39-yard touchdown pass to Kelly in the fourth quarter.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter PorStWashSt
WashSt TD 9:42 Calvin Jackson Jr. 22 yd pass from Jayden de Laura (Dean Janikowski kick) 0 7
Second Quarter PorStWashSt
PorSt TD 10:25 Davis Alexander 1 yd run (Cody Williams kick) 7 7
WashSt TD 9:10 Jayden de Laura 10 yd run (Dean Janikowski kick) 7 14
WashSt TD 5:12 Deon McIntosh 16 yd run (Dean Janikowski kick) 7 21
PorSt FG 3:07 Cody Williams 46 yd FG 10 21
WashSt TD 1:07 Travell Harris 19 yd pass from Jayden de Laura (missed kick) 10 27
WashSt FG 0:00 Dean Janikowski 23 yd FG 10 30
Third Quarter PorStWashSt
WashSt TD 2:13 Max Borghi 1 yd run (Dean Janikowski kick) 10 37
Fourth Quarter PorStWashSt
PorSt TD 6:34 Beau Kelly 39 yd pass from Davis Alexander (Cody Williams kick) 17 37
WashSt TD 2:02 Travell Harris 13 yd pass from Jayden de Laura (Dean Janikowski kick) 17 44
PorSt TD 0:23 Nate Bennett 3 yd pass from Davis Alexander (Cody Williams kick) 24 44
Team Stats
  Portland State Washington State
First downs 24 27
  Rushing 8 11
  Passing 16 15
  Penalty 0 1
3rd Down Efficiency 5-13, 38% 4-10, 40%
4th down efficiency 0-2, 0% 1-2, 50%
Rushes-Yards 27-102 33-159
Passing Yards 318 303
Return Yards 12 119
Completions-Attempts-Int 28-50-1 21-32-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 2--12 2--20
Punts 5 4
Punts-Average 49.2 44.5
Fumbles Lost 1-1 0-0
Penalties - Yards 5-30 1-10
Time of Possession 30:46 28:35
Portland State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Alexander 27 49 293 2 1
B. Kelly 1 1 25 0 0
Washington State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. de Laura 21 29 303 3 1
V. Gabalis 0 3 0 0 0
Portland State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Alexander 13 62 4.8 1
M. Walker 13 36 2.8 0
J. McGee 1 4 4.0 0
Washington State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. McIntosh 8 64 8.0 1
M. Borghi 13 59 4.5 1
J. de Laura 7 23 3.3 1
N. Watson 4 16 4.0 0
Portland State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
B. Kelly 10 152 15.2 1
N. Bennett 6 65 10.8 1
D. Chase 6 59 9.8 0
M. Walker 3 30 10.0 0
B. Mitchell 1 5 5.0 0
G. McCorley 1 5 5.0 0
J. Dockery 1 2 2.0 0
Washington State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Harris 6 80 13.3 2
C. Jackson Jr. 3 77 25.7 1
D. Stribling 5 65 13.0 0
M. Quinn 2 29 14.5 0
M. Borghi 2 24 12.0 0
J. Hobert 2 18 9.0 0
D. Ollie 1 10 10.0 0
Portland State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
A. Adams 1 0
Washington State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Rogers 1 5
Portland State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
S. Vernon 5 246 49.2
Washington State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
N. Haberer 4 178 44.5
Portland State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
B. Kelly 1 12 12.0
Washington State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Harris 3 58 19.3
Portland State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Washington State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Harris 1 50 50.0
D. McIntosh 1 5 5.0
J. Hobert 1 1 1.0
Portland State Missed FG
Player Length
Washington State Missed FG
Player Length




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