PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Jayden de Laura threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score as Washington State beat Portland State 44-24 on Saturday.
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.
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.
Washington State’s offense showed marked improvement after a lackluster performance in the loss to Utah State last weekend. De Laura, who started this game after Jarrett Guarantano was injured last week, looked sharp. Portland State’s offense did not repeat the success it had in last weekend’s 49-35 loss at Hawaii.
Portland State hosts Western Oregon next Saturday.
Washington State hosts Southern California next Saturday