No. 12/14 Cal Poly Moves to 7-0 With 37-25 Victory Over Portland State

No. 12/14 Cal Poly Moves to 7-0 With 37-25 Victory Over Portland State


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Senior slotback Deonte Williams rushed for 169 yards while senior quarterback Andre Broadous passed for 117 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two more scores as No. 12/14 Cal Poly maintained its perfect football record with a 37-25 Big Sky Conference victory over Portland State on Saturday night.

Williams carried the ball a career-high 27 times, averaging 6.3 yards per carry, and cracked the 100-yard mark for the sixth time in seven games this season, the seventh time in his Mustang career and the 11th time in his four-year collegiate career (he rushed for over 100 yards four times at Northern Arizona in 2008).

Broadous completed eight of 11 passes, including scoring tosses of 31 yards to junior slotback Cole Stanford in the first quarter and 11 yards to sophomore wide receiver Willie Tucker in the fourth period.

With the win, Cal Poly improved to 7-0 on the year, matching the start of the Mustangs' 2004 squad which finished 9-2. Cal Poly has won eight straight games, including the 2011 season finale at South Alabama, and moved to 5-0 in Big Sky games, tied for first place with Eastern Washington.

Portland State fell to 2-5 and 1-3.

Cal Poly, which also won eight straight in 1973, finishing 9-1, is one of just two unbeaten teams in the Football Championship Subdivision. Lehigh is 8-0 on the year while Tennessee State and Harvard both suffered their first losses of the year Saturday.

Both Cal Poly and Lehigh have eight-game winning streaks, the longest current run in the FCS. Harvard's 14-game winning streak was snapped by Princeton on Saturday.

The Portland State-Cal Poly game was tied three times and the lead changed hands four times in the see-saw Homecoming Game played before 10,025 in Alex G. Spanos Stadium.

The game was tied at 7-7 in the first five minutes, 14-14 at the end of the first quarter and 17-17 at halftime before Cal Poly grabbed the lead for the second time at 20-17 on the second of three Bobby Zalud field goals, this one spanning 41 yards with 11:20 to go in the third quarter.

Portland State regained the lead at 25-20 on a 35-yard pass from Kieran McDonagh to Justin Monahan and a two-point conversion pass from Thomas Carter to Kalua Noa with 9:04 to go in the third period.

Zalud trimmed Portland State's lead to 25-23 with a 20-yard field goal with four minutes to go in the third quarter and Cal Poly regained the upper hand with the Broadous-to-Tucker pass spanning 11 yards with 10:35 to play in the game.

A one-yard run by Broadous with 5:39 to go sealed the Vikings' fate.

Cal Poly surpassed the 300-yard mark in rushing for the fifth time in seven games this season, running for 341 yards and two scores, including a 13-yard run by Broadous in the first quarter.

The Mustangs compiled a 458-344 advantage in total offense, converted 12 of 21 third-down plays and had the ball for 14 more minutes than Portland State.

Broadous finished with 73 yards rushing on 22 carries and two scores while sophomore slotback Kristaan Ivory added 58 yards on nine trips. Williams was Broadous' favorite target with three catches for 22 yards.

McDonagh completed 15 of 26 passes for 221 yards and two scores for Portland State. Monahan was on the receiving end of four McDonagh aerials for 129 yards and both scores.

Shaq Richard rushed for 53 yards on 13 carries.

Cal Poly's defensive leaders were junior linebacker Johnny Millard (pictured above) with nine tackles and senior cornerback Nico Molino with seven tackles and one pass breakup. Junior safety Matthew Reza recovered a Portland State fumble.

Linebacker Jaycob Shoemaker notched 17 tackles, 3.5 for lost yardage, for the Vikings and linebacker Kahlil Bass added 13 stops. Linebacker Ian Sluss and safety David Edgerson both recovered Mustang fumbles for Portland State.

Zalud booted a 49-yard field goal early in the second quarter, his second-longest as a Mustang. He kicked a 51-yarder at Wyoming a month ago and is seven of 10 this season.

Three Cal Poly football teams started the season 7-0 in the school's 19-year Division I history. The 1997 squad under Larry Welsh was 7-0 and finished 10-1.

The 1953 Mustang team finished 9-0 and, coupled with the 1952 team's three wins to close out the year, combined for a 12-game winning streak. The school record for a winning streak is 13 set by the 1932 (two), 1933 (seven) and 1934 (four) teams.

Cal Poly plays three of its final four games of the 2012 regular season on the road, beginning next Saturday with a Big Sky game at Sacramento State.