Weber State football: Wildcats earn record-setting win
PORTLAND, Ore. - No, they weren't playing basketball.
Weber State beat Portland State 73-68 on Saturday night to set an NCAA all-division record for most points in a game.
The previous record for most points by two teams was 136, set in 1968 when North Park beat North Central 104-32 in a Division III game. The Division I record was 133, set in 2004 when San Jose State beat Rice 70-63.
Back in 1916, Georgia Tech beat Cumberland 222-0, but that was before the NCAA kept track of records.
Weber State's Cameron Higgins passed for 334 yards and four touchdowns. Trevyn Smith ran for 225 yards for the Wildcats (3-5, 3-3 Big Sky Conference).
In his first college start, freshman Drew Hubel threw nine touchdown passes for Portland State to set a school and conference record.
Weber State scored 35 points in the second quarter to take a 38-27 lead at halftime. By then, the Wildcats already had 443 yards in total offense - 10 yards more than their previous season high for a game.
Portland State (2-6, 2-3) made up for its shaky defense with a high-powered offense that started the second half with a pair of Hubel touchdown passes, first to David Lewis and then to Tremayne Kirkland. That put the Vikings in front 41-38.
Portland State, whose offensive coordinator is run-and-shoot guru Mouse Davis, had its last lead of the game when Hubel hit Lewis with an 8-yard scoring toss at 8:15 of the third quarter to make it 48-45.
The Wildcats took the lead for good on their next possession, which chewed up nearly six minutes and culminated with Higgins' 4-yard touchdown pass to Akamu Aki. That made it 52-48.
Weber State followed that with Bryant Eteuati's 77-yard punt return for a touchdown and Higgins' 4-yard scoring run, which pushed the Wildcats' advantage to 66-48 early in the fourth quarter.
The teams traded touchdowns after that, leaving Weber State in front 73-55 with 4:22 left.
Hubel threw his ninth TD pass and Andy Shantz returned a fumble 84 yards for a touchdown with 31 seconds left.
The Vikings failed to recover the onside kick and Weber State managed to run out the clock.
The Wildcats finished with 687 total yards while Portland State had 502.
Wildcats triumph as teams set record
* Highest scoring Division I game, both teams - New record: 141, Weber State 73, Portland State 68, Oct. 27, 2007. Previous record: 133, San Jose State 70, Rice 63, Oct. 2, 2004.
* Highest scoring Division I game by a losing team - New Record: 68, Portland State lost to Weber State (73), Oct. 27, 2007. Previous record: 63, Kentucky lost to Arkansas (71) in OT, Nov. 1, 2003.
Note: Georgia Tech beat Cumberland 222-0 on Oct. 7, 1916, before NCAA records in 1937.
Weber State 73,
Portland State 68
Weber St. 3 35 21 14-73
Portland St. 7 20 21 20-68
Web-FG Snoy 23, 4:01.
Port-Lewis 12 pass from Hubel (Urrego kick), 1:23.
Web-Phillips 29 pass from C.Higgins (Snoy kick), 13:39.
Port-Kirkland 15 pass from Hubel (Urrego kick), 11:52.
Web-C.Higgins 2 run (Snoy kick), 11:04.
Web-M.Mailei 1 run (Snoy kick), 5:56.
Web-C.Higgins 34 run (Snoy kick), 5:10.
Port-Mackins 21 pass from Hubel (kick failed), 3:14.
Web-Bry.Eteuati 23 pass from C.Higgins (Snoy kick), :43.
Port-Kirkland 28 pass from Hubel (Urrego kick), :04.
Port-Lewis 22 pass from Hubel (Urrego kick), 14:39.
Port-Kirkland 9 pass from Hubel (Urrego kick), 13:02.
Web-Phillips 4 pass from C.Higgins (Snoy kick), 11:30.
Port-Lewis 7 pass from Hubel (Urrego kick), 8:15.
Web-Aki 4 pass from C.Higgins (Snoy kick), 2:24.
Web-Bry.Eteuati 77 punt return (Snoy kick), :34.
Web-C.Higgins 4 run (Snoy kick), 12:42.
Port-Lewis 15 pass from Hubel (Urrego kick), 9:26.
Web-Smith 2 run (Snoy kick), 4:22.
Port-Kirkland 8 pass from Hubel (Urrego kick), 2:55.
Port-Schantz 84 fumble return (pass failed), :31.
34 É First downs É 23
57-353 É Rushes-yards É 10-17
334 É Passing É 485
22-36-2 É Comp-Att-Int É 35-56-0
97 É Return Yards É 27
1-31.0 É Punts-Avg. É 6-44.3
1-1 É Fumbles-Lost É 1-0
10-95 É Penalties-Yards É 7-64
38:17 É Time of Possession É 21:43
RUSHING-Weber St., Smith 38-225, C.Higgins 9-106, Lee 3-9, M.Mailei 5-8, Bry.Eteuati 1-5, Team 1-0. Portland St., Sobomehin 8-18, Hubel 2-(minus 1).
PASSING-Weber St., C.Higgins 22-36-2-334. Portland St., Hubel 35-56-0-485.
RECEIVING-Weber St., Toone 8-135, Phillips 8-131, Bry.Eteuati 2-28, Aki 2-24, M.Mailei 1-8, Nakamura 1-8. Portland St., Kirkland 13-177, Lewis 8-114, Sobomehin 6-91, Mackins 6-83, M.Smith 2-20.