The streak isno more and the Missouri Southern football team has defeated Pittsburg State35-21 today in the Sonic Miners Bowl at Carnie Smith Stadium.
Southern(7-3, 5-3 MIAA) wins for the first time against PSU (9-2, 7-2 MIAA) since 1993and for the first time in Pittsburg since 1983.
The Lionsrushed for 372 yards and had 415 yards of total offense. The Lions defenseforced punts on PSU's first five possessions and held the Gorillas to just 229yards total, including only 95 yards on the ground. PSU came into the gameaveraging 239 yards on the ground and 483 yards total per game.
The Southerndefense limited Pitt State to just 13 first downs in the game, while the Lionshad 22. Southern won the time of possession battle holding the ball for morethan 37 minutes, while limiting the Gorillas to just under 23 minutes with theball.
Offensively, JayMcDowell rushed for 119 yards on 23 carries and found the endzone twice. JocquiDavis and TerrenceAllen had a rushing touchdown of their own. McDowell was 4-9 through theair for 43 yards and a touchdown. MichaelNelson was one of four different Lions to catch a pass and his was huge ashe caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from McDowell.
The Lionsscored on five of their 11 possessions in the game. Pitt had three scores on 12possessions.
Southern wonthe opening toss and elected to defer and the Lions' defense forced a three andout for the Gorillas. The offense thanked the defense as Allen took the balland ran five yards for a touchdown, capping off a seven play, 51-yard scoringdrive.
The scoreremained 7-0 until just before the end of the half when McDowell and Nelsonhooked up for a 25-yard score. PSU answered right back as the Gorillas drovethe length of the field and Anthony Abenoja found Marquise Cushon in theendzone to make the halfitme score 14-7, Lions.
The Lionschose the wind and gave Pitt the ball to start the third quarter, but thedefense held strong and forced another three and out and a punt. Southern tookover on its own 26-yard line and drove the length of the field as McDowellcapped a 14 play, 74-yard drive to put the Lions up 21-7 with a five-yardscore.
The Lions' defenseforced another three and out, but a fumble from McDowell turned the ball overand PSU scored on an Abenoja four-yard run to make the score 21-14.
That would beas close as the Gorillas would get as the Lions added two more touchdowns, a52-yard run from Davis and another McDowell run to put the game away. A latescore from Pitt would not be enough.
Southern endsthe season with seven wins for the first time since the 1993 season when theLions won the MIAA. The Lions broke school records for rushing yardage (3,684)and rushing touchdowns (42), both of which were set last season. Southern alsobroke the single-season rushing attempts record with 597 on the season, bestingthe mark of 581 set last year.
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