KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Pittsburg State University senior wide receiver John Brown was named the MIAA Offensive Player of the Week Monday (Sept. 30) after a record-breaking performance against Lincoln Saturday (Sept. 28).
The Homestead, Fla., native passed Harlon Hill Trophy winner Ronnie West as Pittsburg State's all-time receiving leader while leading the No. 12 ranked Gorillas to a 59-38 road win over the Blue Tigers. He caught nine passes for a career-best 237 yards and four touchdowns.
Brown (5-11, 170) also added a seven-yard touchdown run to score 30 points in the contest and he added a 45-yard punt return to finish the game with 294 all-purpose yards.
Brown surpassed West in career receiving yards (2722) and equaled his career receiving TD's record (27). He also tied PSU's single-game scoring mark (30 pts) and came up one yard short of the Gorillas single-game receiving yards record.
Brown helped the Pitt State offense generate 787 yards of total offense as quarterback Tony Abenoja passed for a school record 442 yards and five TDs in the contest.
Gorillas Climb to No. 10 in AFCA/Division II Top 25 Poll
Pitt State climbed two spots to No. 10 in the most recent AFCA NCAA Division II Top 25 poll released Monday. The Gorillas received 514 points in th poll. The top eight spots in the poll were unchanged from a week ago, while Bloomsburg climbed two spots to No. 9 and Pitt State moved up two spots to No. 10.