Posted: Sep 26, 2013 11:25 PM
Updated: Sep 27, 2013 12:04 AM
PORTLAND, Oregon - Sophomore quarterback Chris Brown rushed for 129 yards and one touchdown and passed for two more scores as No. 18 Cal Poly rallied from a 21-7 halftime deficit to beat Portland State 38-34 in the Big Sky Conference football opener for both schools Thursday night at JELD-WEN Field.
Junior slotback Kristaan Ivory earned the third 100-yard game as a Mustang, rushing for 184 yards on 32 carries and scored once for Cal Poly (2-2, 1-0 Big Sky).
Portland State (3-2, 0-1 Big Sky) averaged 612 yards and 43 points per game in four non-conference games, but was held to 42 yards and no points in a decisive third quarter in which the Mustangs scored twice to tie the game at 21-21.
Cal Poly outscored the host Vikings 17-13 in the final period to clinch the win and even the series against Portland State at 10-10.
Portland State compiled 487 total yards and scored 38 points, but was held largely in check in the second half. Cal Poly has been outscored 92-34 in the first half this season but has outscored the opposition 84-33 after the break.
Cal Poly, which has played three straight games on the road and did not play a home game in September, will host Yale for a non-conference game on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 2:05 p.m. in Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
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