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Five Storylines: Portland State

9/12/2012

SEATTLE -- Here are five storylines facing Portland State when the Vikings travel to Seattle to play Washington Saturday at CenturyLink Field:

1. Coaching connections: Portland State head coach Nigel Burton, linebackers coach Lester Towns and special teams/defensive tackles coach Ikaika Malloe all played at Washington.

2. First game against Washington: This is the first time Portland State has played the Huskies. The Vikings have never beaten a Pac-12 school (0-10), losing eight straight games against FBS schools.

3. Portland State fires defensive coordinator: After giving up 32.5 points per game over the first two outings, Burton fired defensive coordinator Eric Jackson Wednesday.

4. Vikings put up points: Through two games the Vikings, who are starting true freshman Kieran McDonagh at quarterback, have scored an average of 37.5 points per game.

5. Playing on national TV: According to Portland State’s game notes, the matchup with the Huskies, which will be broadcast on FX, is believed to be the Vikings' first appearance on national TV since the program played in the 1988 NCAA Division II National Championship on ESPN.