HILLSBORO — Western Oregon quarterback Ryan Bergman threw for 413 yards and three touchdowns, but the Wolves lost to Portland State 45-38 Saturday night at Hillsboro Stadium.
The game was a matchup between NCAA Division II WOU and FCS PSU.
Bergman attempted 61 passes during the game, the third-most in program history, while his total passing yards ranked fifth all time.
“To see that performance and to see the talent that (Bergman) has, (offensive coordinator Brian) Harris does a great job of bringing that out,” WOU head coach Arne Ferguson said.
Receivers Kamakana Apelu and Paul Revis had 131 and 109 receiving yards, respectively. Revis also hauled in two receiving touchdowns, while Apelu caught one.
“Revis and Apelu really came alive,” Ferguson said. “We know Tyrell (Williams) is a very productive receiver. To see these guys come around, it will be really exciting to see in the future.”
Combined, the two squads gained 937 yards of total offense, but the Vikings held the Wolves to 17 yards on the ground.
“Things were exciting and disappointing,” Ferguson said. “We didn’t play our best football game and there’s a lot of room to get better.”
The Wolves trailed 45-31 before Revis scored his second touchdown of the game to pull Western Oregon within seven with less than a minute to go in the game. Portland State recovered the ensuing onside kick to clinch the victory.
Western Oregon travels to face Simon Fraser Saturday at 1 p.m.
SOCCER FALLS IN EXTRA TIME: Western Oregon’s hope for a breakout 2014 season began with a 2-1 extra time loss against Humboldt State on Saturday. HSU struck first as Lizzie Mitchell gave the Lumberjacks the lead in the 16th minute. WOU forward Makana Pundyke evened the match at 1-1 in the 26th minute. Despite WOU getting eight shots on goal in the second half, the Lumberjacks scored the winning goal in the 95th minute.
Western Oregon faced BYU Hawaii on Tuesday after press time. The Wolves play at Hawaii Pacific on Thursday and at Chaminade on Saturday.
VOLLEYBALL LOSES THREE IN SEATTLE: Western Oregon dropped three matches at the Seattle Pacific Volleyball Tournament Thursday through Saturday to open the season. The Wolves fell to Cal State Los Angeles 3 sets to 1 to open the tournament, Cal Poly Pomona 3-2) on Friday and Chico State. Hannah Deede and Cheren O’Hara led the squad with 24 kills each for the tournament, while Kiana Cash and Jordin Ramos had 54 and 39 assists, respectively. Western Oregon played at Willamette University Tuesday after press time and travels to San Rafael, Calif., to compete in the 2014 Pac West/Great Northwest Athletic Conference crossover tournament Thursday through Saturday.