The team has played nearly 700 games over 65 seasons of Portland State football. In that time, two coaches have led the Vikings to postseason appearances: Pokey Allen and Tim Walsh. Three coaches also won conference championships: Jerry Lyons won two as a member of the Oregon Collegiate Conference; Don Read and Allen won a combined six as a member of the Western Football Conference. Walsh is the leader in seasons coached with fourteen years with the program. Walsh is also the leader in games won with 90 and Allen has the highest winning percentage of those who have coached more than one game, with .703.Ron Stratten and Jerry Glanville are tied with the lowest winning percentage of those who have coached more than one game, with .273.
^Since 1946, what is now known as Portland State University was also known as Vanport Extension Center from 1946 to 1951.
^Although the first Rose Bowl Game was played in 1902, it has been continuously played since the 1916 game, and is recognized as the oldest bowl game by the NCAA. "—" indicates any season prior to 1916 when postseason games were not played.
^A running total of the number of head coaches, with coaches who served separate tenures being counted only once. Interim head coaches are represented with "Int" and are not counted in the running total. "—" indicates the team played but either without a coach or no coach is on record. "X" indicates an interim year without play.
^Overtime rules in college football were introduced in 1996, making ties impossible in the period since.
^When computing the win–loss percentage, a tie counts as half a win and half a loss.
^Statistics correct as of the end of the 2013 college football season.
^National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) (2011). Bowl/All-Star Game Records(PDF). Indianapolis, Indiana: NCAA. pp. 5–10. Archived from the original on August 22, 2011. Retrieved August 21, 2011.