KIRKSVILLE, Mo. - Zac Dickey overcame a rough first half to lead 19th-ranked Pittsburg State University to a furious pair of fourth-quarter rallies in a 27-26 victory over upset-minded Truman State University Saturday (Sept. 17) at Stokes Stadium.
Pitt State (3-0, 3-0 MIAA) trailed 13-0 late in the first quarter, but battled back to take a 17-13 lead on Dickey's 1-yard run with 10:26 to play in the game.
Truman (1-2, 1-2 MIAA) reclaimed the lead, at 19-17, five minutes later when Richie Schumacher blocked a punt and recovered it in the Pitt Stat end zone for a touchdown. Derek Koon missed the extra point though, leaving the door open for the Gorillas.
Dickey then led Pitt State down the field, driving to the Truman 7 to set up Chase McCoy's 24-yard field goal for a 20-19 Pitt State lead with 1:20 remaining.
Two plays later, the Bulldogs found the end zone again to dash the Gorillas short-lived rally. J.B. Brown fired a pass to Donald Harvey who raced 49 yards to the PSU 15 before pitching the ball to team mate Andy Mundwiller, who raced the final yards to the end zone.
The Bulldogs elected to attempt a Koon extra-point, which gave Truman a 26-20 lead with 53 seconds to play.
Dickey then completed passes to Andrew Castaneda and Jon Thomas to get the ball into Truman territory. He capped the furious drive by racing into the end zone from three yards out with 16 ticks left on the clock.
McCoy then booted the PAT, following a Truman timeout, for the game's final margin.
The Gorillas stopped Harvey at the Pitt State 34 on the game's final play to preserve the victory.
Dickey completed 14 of 19 passes for 140 yards and rushed the ball 13 times for 65 yards and two scores for the Gorillas, shaking off an interception the Bulldogs returned for a touchdown as well as a pair of first-half fumbles.
Briceton Wilson carried the ball 29 times for 140 yards as Pitt State piled up 267 rushing yards and 407 total yards in the contest.
Thomas got the Gorillas on the board for the first time with one second left in the first quarter when he returned a kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown after Koon put Truman up 13-0 with a 3-yard field goal 14 seconds earlier.
McCoy added a 43-yard field goal with 52 seconds remaining in the first half to draw the Gorillas to within three points, at 13-10.
Clark completed 16 of 40 passes for 269 yards with the touchdown and four interceptions, two apiece by Nate Dreiling and Chas Smith. Dreiling led the team with 10 stops.