Athletics: Fall 2012
Author: Kathryn Kirkland
Posted: September 4, 2012

Big Sky football kicks off Sept. 22

THE CHALLENGE OF THE 2012 season for third-year head football coach Nigel Burton and his team is to finally break through the top of the Big Sky Conference and into the NCAA playoffs. The Vikings climbed to third place in 2011, finishing 7-4 overall, 5-3 in the Big Sky Conference.

The team takes on new Big Sky Conference team Southern Utah at home in JELD-WEN field at 5:05 p.m. on September 22 for its first conference play. The Vikings also host Idaho State, October 6; Northern Colorado, November 3; and Eastern Washington, November 17 in league games. Big Sky road games include Northern Arizona, September 29; Cal Poly, October 20; UC Davis, October 27; and Montana State, November 10.

Photo caption: Junior punter Thomas Duyndam and other members of the Viking special team performed brilliantly in 2011. Photo by Nick Fochtman.

PORTLAND STATE ATHLETICS will introduce new members to its Hall of Fame during halftime at the October 6 Viking football game. Representing the outstanding history of athletics at Portland State is the 1962 Viking baseball team (pictured here), which was a NAIA national runner-up; career-hitting second baseman and pitcher Jim Dunn; PSU’s first-ever Big Sky Basketball Player of the Year Seamus Boxley; second all-time leading rusher Ryan Fuqua; 2005 Big Sky Conference Golfer of the Year and three-time team champion, Sarah Tiller; and PSU’s longest tenure and most winning football coach, Tim Walsh.

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