Late TD pushes Weber St. past Portland St. 44-41


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OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- Running back Vai Tafuna scored on a 3-yard touchdown run with 21 seconds left in the game to lift Weber State to a 44-41 win over Portland State on Saturday afternoon.

The Wildcats (4-3, 3-2 Big Sky) trailed for most of the game before scoring 22 points in the fourth quarter. Bo Bolen rushed for 156 yards on 21 attempts and two touchdowns. Tafuna rushed for 153 yards on 18 attempts and had two scores.

Quarterback Cameron Higgins threw two touchdowns, tying the conference record of 96 career TD passes. Higgins is now tied with Eastern Washington's Matt Nichols (2006-09) and Montana's Dave Dickenson (1992-95) for the all-time mark.

Portland State (2-5, 1-3) took a 41-37 lead with 1:02 left in the game when quarterback Connor Kavanaugh scored on a 27-yard run. Kicker Zach Brown missed a 65-yard field goal as time expired.

Kavanaugh completed 14-of-20 passes for 278 yards and two scores. He also rushed for 114 yards on 12 attempts. Cory McCaffrey had 178 rushing yards on 24 attempts and two touchdowns for Portland State.

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