Quantcast

No. 8 Gorillas Travel to Face Lindenwood Thursday - KOAM TV 7

No. 8 Gorillas Travel to Face Lindenwood Thursday

Updated:
Press Release PSU:

The Pittsburg State University football team, the No. 8 ranked team in NCAA Division II, will travel to St. Charles, Mo., Thursday (Sept. 11) to face MIAA rival Lindenwood University.

Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. (CDT) at Lindenwood's Hunter Stadium.

Pittsburg State, the winningest all-time NCAA Division II program, opened the 2014 campaign with a 37-0 shutout victory over MIAA rival Northeastern State University last Saturday (Sept. 6) at Brandenburg Field/Carnie Smith Stadium.

Lindenwood, which begins its third season as a MIAA member, is coming off a season-opening 44-38 road win over Washburn University last Thursday (Sept. 4) at Topeka, Kan.

This will be just the second time Pitt State has played a football game on Sept. 11 since 2001. The Gorillas defeated former MIAA rival Truman, 77-7, in Pittsburg on 9-11, 2004.

The Coaches
Tim Beck is in his fifth season as head coach at Pitt State. He has compiled a 37-12 (.755) career record.  

Beck led his alma mater (PSU, '88) to the 2011 NCAA Division II National Championship three seasons ago, earning national coach of the year honors from Liberty Mutual, the Don Hansen Football Committee and FieldTurf™.

Beck became the school's 14th all-time head football coach in December 2009, after serving for 23 seasons as an assistant coach for the Gorillas including 16 years as the team's offensive coordinator from 1994-2009.

In his first season leading the Gorillas, Beck guided Pitt State to a 6-6 record and a victory in the 2010 Mineral Water Bowl.  In 2011, Beck led the Gorillas to the program's second NCAA national championship and the school's fourth national title overall in a 13-1 campaign. Pitt State captured the MIAA Championship and ultimately the NCAA-II National Championship with a 35-21 victory over Wayne (Mich.) State on Dec. 17, 2011.

In 2013, the Gorillas opened the season 5-0 before finishing the year 7-3 overall, while last year Pitt State posted the program's 20th all-time 10-win season during a 10-2 campaign.
During his 16 seasons as offensive coordinator, the Gorilla offense consistently ranked among the finest units in NCAA Division II.

In 2008, Beck was selected the inaugural NCAA Division II Coordinator of the Year by FootballScoop.com, following a vote of his coaching peers.

In 2004, Beck's offensive unit established itself as the most prolific squad in the history of NCAA football.  PSU shattered a 118-year-old scoring record, scoring an amazing 837 points (55.8 ppg).  His squad also set the NCAA all division records for rushing (5,320 yards) and total offense (8,976 yards).

Beck's teams led Division II in scoring in two of the last six years (2004, 2006) and ranked in the top two nationally in total offense three times in the last six seasons (2004, 2005, 2006).  His squads ranked among the national rushing leaders every season, leading Division II in 1995 (318.8 ypg) and 2004 (354.7 ypg).  Beck's "multiple choice" option attack also compiled 16,483 passing yards (216.9 ypg) and 143 aerial touchdowns during the last six years.

Pitt State averaged a staggering 38.8 points and 442.5 yards of total offense per game during his tenure as offensive coordinator.

Prior to assuming the offensive coordinator's role, Beck served two years as Pitt State's defensive coordinator (1992-93).  He became a full-time assistant on the Pitt State staff in 1989, after serving first as a student assistant (1987) and then as a graduate assistant (1988).

This will be Beck's third meeting vs. the Lions.  He is 1-1 vs. Lindenwood.

Patrick Ross is in his 10th year as head coach at Lindenwood and his 12th season as a collegiate head coach. Ross (Puget Sound, '97) has compiled an 86-32 (.729) record at LU and a 100-39 (.719) career mark. He is 1-1 against Pitt State.

The Pitt State-Lindenwood Series
This will be the third all-time meeting between Pitt State and Lindenwood. The series is tied 1-1 with both teams claiming road wins in the first two meetings.

Last year, the Gorillas rolled to a 41-6 win over the Lions at St. Charles, Mo., on Nov. 9. Junior quarterback Anthony Abenoja passed for two scores, sophomore running back Jeff Seybold rushed for a pair of scores and senior linebacker Nate Dreiling became the Gorillas' all-time leading tackler in the contest.

PSU's Regular Season Success
Pitt State has won 266 of its last 314 regular season games, posting a phenomenal 266-46-2 (.850) mark during the past 30 seasons (1985-2014). PSU is 146-15-1 at home, 116-22-1 on the road and 4-9-0 at neutral sites in the regular season during that span.

Gorillas on the Road
Pitt State has posted a 67-21-0 (.761) record in its last 87 road games (including post-season play), including 14 straight road wins dating back to the 2010 season.

The Gorillas have not dropped a road game since a 17-14 setback against Emporia State on Oct. 9, 2010. During the current 14-game streak, Pitt State has averaged a 39-17 victory over its opponents.
During the last 20 years (1994-pres.), the Gorillas are an equally impressive 78-23-1 (.770) on the road.  

Lindenwood is 6-5 (.545) at home since 2012 when the school started participating as an NCAA Division II program, including a 2-3 mark in games played at St. Charles, Mo., in 2013.

The Lions have posted 11 straight wins in their home openers.

Pitt State in the AFCA Top 25 Poll
Pitt State has been ranked in Division II's top 10 106 times in the last 192 polls and the Gorillas have been ranked in the top 25 poll in 166 of 192 weeks overall (dating back to the 1999 season).

The Gorillas, the preseason No. 9 team in NCAA Division II, climbed one spot to No. 8 in this week's poll released Monday (Sept. 8).

Since joining Division II in 2012, the Lions are 1-5 against nationally-ranked opponents, including an 0-2 mark against top 10 programs. LU's lone win over a nationally-ranked foe came on Nov. 3, 2012, when the Lions claimed a 44-33 road win over No. 18 Pitt State.

Ground Game PSU's Bread and Butter…
Pitt State's success can be directly linked to its ability to rush the football.

Since the 1986 season, PSU has rushed for 200-plus yards in 285 of 342 overall games.  The Gorillas have posted a 254-30-1 (.893) record when they eclipse 200 yards rushing.  Pitt State is an even more impressive 139-6-0 (.959) when it eclipses 300 yards rushing.

By contrast, PSU is just 26-32-1 (.449) in the handful of games when it has been held below 200 yards rushing.

Since 1986, PSU has rushed the ball for the highest yardage total among all NCAA Division II programs, with 98,062 yards (including postseason competition) for an average of 286.7 yards per game.

… But Don't Overlook PSU Passing Attack
While it's no secret Pitt State's offensive success has been predicated on running the football, the Gorillas have unleashed a potent passing attack to compliment their stalwart running game.

Since the start of the 2004 season, the Gorillas have passed for 26,227 yards and 199 TDs, averaging 228.1 passing yards and 1.7 touchdown passes per game in the last 115 outings.

In 2013, quarterback Tony Abenoja established a new single-season passing record, averaging 246.2 passing yards per game.  Also, against Lincoln on Sept. 28 Abenoja established new school single game records for passing yards (442), passing touchdowns (5) and total offense (463 yards).

The Gorillas averaged 247.7 passing yards with 31 touchdowns and five interceptions last year.

Quick Strike Offense
The Pitt State offense has exhibited a penchant for being a "quick strike" unit.

During the last 10 seasons (2005-14), the Pitt State offense has generated 618 scoring drives (526 TDs, 92 FGs) and averaged just 2:47 of elapsed time per drive. [Overtime scoring drives not included in elapsed time figures.]

2005    97 scoring drives (86 TDs, 11 FGs)    2:40 elapsed time    2010    41 scoring drives (34 TDs, 7 FGs)    3:04 elapsed time
2006    79 scoring drives (72 TDs, 7 FGs)    2:14 elapsed time    2011    78 scoring drives (60 TDs, 18 FGs)    2:54 elapsed time
2007    64 scoring drives (55 TDs, 9 FGs)    3:02 elapsed time    2012    51 scoring drives (40 TDs, 11 FGs)    2:58 elapsed time
2008    69 scoring drives (61 TDs, 8 FGs)    3:23 elapsed time    2013    83 scoring drives (70 TDs, 13 FGs)    2:29 elapsed time
2009    49 scoring drives (44 TDs, 5 FGs)    3:21 elapsed time    2014    7 scoring drives (4 TDs, 3 FGs)    3:14 elapsed time

The Gorillas have been highly successful when they are quick out of the gates.  Pitt State has scored on its opening drive 54 times (44 TDs, 10 FGs) in the last 109 games, posting a 51-3 (.944) record in those games. By contrast, Pitt State is 29-26 (.527) in games it doesn't score on its opening drive during the same span.

Pitt State Displays Prolific Offense
The Pitt State offense has asserted itself as one of the top units in NCAA Division II the past 11 seasons (2004-14). Pitt State's high octane "multiple choice" offense ranked either No. 1 or No. 2 nationally in both scoring and total offense in three of the last eight seasons.

In 2004, PSU staked its claim as the most prolific offense in the history of NCAA football, leading Division II in scoring (55.8 ppg), rushing (354.7 ypg) and total offense (598.4 ypg).

Pitt State broke the NCAA's 118-year-old all-time all division scoring record with 837 points, besting the old mark of 765 points set by Harvard in 1886.  The Gorillas also broke the all-time NCAA all division records for rushing (5,320 yards) and total offense (8,976 yards) in 2004.

Oklahoma set the previous rushing record (5,196 yards) in 1971, and Texas Tech held the previous total offense mark (7,576 yards) in 2003.

In 2005, Pitt State ranked second nationally in scoring and total offense, averaging 46.8 points and 536.0 total yards per game.  The Gorillas also ranked seventh nationally in rushing, averaging 295.2 yards a game.

In 2006, Pitt State led NCAA Division II in scoring and ranked No. 2 nationally in total offense, averaging 44.8 points and 454.8 total yards per game in 2006.

In 2007, the Gorillas ranked 21st nationally in scoring and 19th nationally in total offense, averaging 37.4 points and 454.2 total yards per game. In 2008, Pitt State ranked 18th nationally in scoring (35.5 ppg) and 21st in the nation in total offense (432.6 ypg).

In 2009, the Pitt State offense averaged 29.4 points and 434.4 total yards per game, while the Gorillas averaged 22.8 points and 357.7 total yards per game in 2010.

In 2011, the Gorillas ranked sixth nationally in scoring (40.2 ppg) and 19th in the country in total offense (448.5 ypg), while the Gorillas ranked 24th nationally in total offense (454.4 ypg) and 27th in the country in rushing offense (204.6 ypg) in 2012. Last year, Pitt State ranked third nationally in scoring (46.5 ppg) and 10th in the country in total offense (499.0 ypg).

Pitt State Defense Records shutout
The Pitt State defense recorded its second shutout in five games, dating back to the 2013 season, last Saturday when the Gorillas blanked Northeastern State, 37-0.
The Gorillas also blanked Northwestern Oklahoma State University, 70-0, on Nov. 2, 2013.
Since joining NCAA Division II in 1989, Pitt State has recorded 32 shutouts. The Gorillas recorded one or more shutout in every year between 1989 and 2007, except 1998.
No MIAA team has recorded more shutouts in the last 26 seasons (1989-2014) than Pitt State. Central Missouri has the second-most shutouts with 19, while NW Missouri State is third with 13.

Abenoja Approaches PSU Passing Record
Senior quarterback Anthony Abenoja is in his third year directing the high-powered Pitt State offense.

Abenoja (6-3, 217) has compiled an 18-5 (.783) record as the Gorillas' starter under center.

The Overland Park, Kan., native completed 18 of 23 passes for 230 yards and a touchdown and he rushed for a team-leading 49 yards and a score in Pitt State's 37-0 season-opening win vs. Northeastern State.

Abenoja has recorded three of the top four single-game passing totals in school history, including a 442-yard passing performance against Lincoln as a junior in 2013.  He enters Thursday's match-up against Lindenwood needing just 54 yards to pass Neal Philpot (2001-04) as the school's all-time passing yards leader. Abenoja has completed 385 of 621 (.620) passes for 5,778 yards and 49 touchdowns.
He already holds the school's career completions record, and he also ranks fifth on Pitt State's career total offense list with 6,379 yards.

PSU Career Passing Yards    Comp-Att    Yards
    1.    Neal Philpot, 2001-04    326-678    5831
    2.    Anthony Abenoja, 2011-pr.    385-621    5778

PSU Career Passing Touchdowns    TDs
    1.    Neal Philpot, 2001-04    61
    2.    Anthony Abenoja, 2011-pr.    49

PSU Career Total Offense    Pass    Rush    Total
    1.    Neal Philpot, 2001-04    5831    4337    10168

    4.    Germaine Race, 2003-06    0    6985    6985
    5.    Anthony Abenoja, 2011-pr.    5778    601    6379

Seybold Fuels Ground Game
Junior running back Jeff Seybold, Jr. continues his pursuit of Pitt State's top 20 rushing list.

Seybold, who rushed for 1,434 yards (119.5 ypg) and 22 touchdowns during an All-American sophomore campaign in 2013, rushed for a score and added a receiving touchdown in the Gorillas' season-opening victory over Northeastern State.

Seybold (5-11, 199) carried the ball six times for 14 yards, including a nine-yard TD run, before giving way to Pitt State reserves Saturday.

For his career, the Lincoln, Neb., native has rushed the ball 270 times for 1,747 yards and 25 TDs.  He needs 329 yards to crack Pitt State's top 20 rushing list.

PSU Career Rushing Yards    Carries    Yards
    1.    Germaine Race, 2003-06    941    6985

    19.    Albert Schmidt, 1968-71    442    2152
    20.    Jeff Moreland, 1991-95    564    2075
        Jeff Seybold, 2012-pres.    270    1747

Disney Matches Career High
Senior linebacker Tyler Disney matched his career high with 13 tackles against Northeastern State Saturday.

Disney (6-1, 217) made seven solo stops, including a tackle-for-loss, in the Gorillas' shutout win.

The Stilwell, Kan., native has made 154 career tackles (83 solo) with 14.5 TFLs and 4.5 quarterback sacks. He posted 101 stops during an All-America junior season in 2013.

Bausby Climbs PBU List
Senior cornerback De'Vante Bausby intercepted a pass in the Pitt State end zone to thwart a scoring drive and also recorded a pass break-up in the Gorillas' season opener against Northeastern State.

Bausby (6-2, 179) now has 22 career pass break-ups, taking sole possession of fifth place on PSU's career list.

The Kansas City, Mo., native also recorded his eighth career interception in the game against the RiverHawks.

PSU Career Pass Break-ups    PBUs
    1.    Ted Adams, 1986-89    40

    4.    Donnie Johnson, 1985-88    25
    5.    De'Vante Bausby, 2011-pres.    22

Frazell Steady in Kicking game
Senior place kicker Connor Frazell has provided a steady leg to Pitt State's kicking game the past three seasons.

Frazell (6-0, 183) booted three field goals – from 26, 35 and 36 yards – in the Gorillas' season-opening win vs. Northeastern State.  The Iola, Kan., native established a new PSU record by making 13 consecutive field goals – the made the final 10 field goal attempts of the 2013 season.

For his career, Frazell has converted 27 of 34 (.794) field goals for his career and 113 of 116 PATs to tally 194 career points (8.4 ppg).

PSU Career Field Goals    FGs
    1.    Josh Barcus, 1995-98    44

    4.    Mike Bowman, 1985-87    27
    4.    Connor Frazell, 2012-pr.    27
                    
PSU Career Kick Scoring    Points
    1.    Nathan Alleman, 2003-06    401

    5.    Mike Bowman, 1985-87    198
        Connor Frazell, 2012-pr.    194

Scouting the Lions
Lindenwood opened the season with an impressive 44-38 road win over Washburn at Topeka last Thursday (Sept. 4).  The Lions returned 17 starters (nine offense, eight defense) from a 2013 team that finished with a 3-6 overall record.

Junior quarterback Dillon Miller (6-0, 195) completed 24 of 42 passes for 230 yards and one touchdown with one interception in his season debut against the Ichabods. He passed for 2,334 yards (259.3 ypg) and 15 TDs during his sophomore campaign.

Junior wide receiver Jaron Alexander (6-0, 175) caught six passes for a team-leading 64 yards in the opener. He had 638 receiving yards and three TDs last season.

Junior tailback Lavorrie Johnson carried the ball a team-leading 14 times for 42 yards, while senior tailback Marvin Byrd scored a pair of rushing TDs (23 net yards).

Defensively, sophomore linebacker Connor Harris (6-0, 235) made a team-leading 10 tackles (nine solo) and added two drive-halting interceptions.

The Lions created three WU turnovers in the contest with a fumble recovery to go with Harris' two picks.                 
  • NewsMore>>

  • Joplin Man Found "Incompetent" to Stand Trial in Church Van Shooting Case

    Joplin Man Found "Incompetent" to Stand Trial in Church Van Shooting Case

    Tuesday, October 16 2018 12:12 PM EDT2018-10-16 16:12:32 GMT
    Thomas Mourning IIThomas Mourning II
    Thomas Mourning IIThomas Mourning II
    Thomas Mourning II of Joplin is found "incompetent" to stand trial at this time. Court documents state he injured multiple people and two comfort dogs in a 2016 shooting spree. Joplin Police say Mourning II fired two shots at the home he shared with his father on South Connecticut Street. They were the only two home. Court documents state that the father ran to Casey's General Store and called police. No one was injured in that incident. Authorities say Mourning II the...More >>
    Thomas Mourning II of Joplin is found "incompetent" to stand trial at this time. Court documents state he injured multiple people and two comfort dogs in a 2016 shooting spree. Joplin Police say Mourning II fired two shots at the home he shared with his father on South Connecticut Street. They were the only two home. Court documents state that the father ran to Casey's General Store and called police. No one was injured in that incident. Authorities say Mourning II the...More >>
  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 10-16

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 10-16

    Tuesday, October 16 2018 10:34 AM EDT2018-10-16 14:34:35 GMT

    The Joplin City Council is considering a pay increase for public safety employees.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

    More >>

    The Joplin City Council is considering a pay increase for public safety employees.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

    More >>
  • Suspect in Galena Arson Pleads Guilty

    Suspect in Galena Arson Pleads Guilty

    Monday, October 15 2018 8:05 PM EDT2018-10-16 00:05:44 GMT
    A Galena, Kansas man pleads guilty to two arsons from the spring and summer. Ronny Ray Piercefield admits that he set a grass fire on North Jefferson Street in Galena in March. That fire eventually engulfed a small structure. Piercefield also pleaded guilty to setting a fire that engulfed 68 bales of hay in rural Cherokee County, Kansas in July of 2018. Piercefield is to be sentenced in December of 2018.  Authorities have been investigating a string of fires that happened in ...More >>
    A Galena, Kansas man pleads guilty to two arsons from the spring and summer. Ronny Ray Piercefield admits that he set a grass fire on North Jefferson Street in Galena in March. That fire eventually engulfed a small structure. Piercefield also pleaded guilty to setting a fire that engulfed 68 bales of hay in rural Cherokee County, Kansas in July of 2018. Piercefield is to be sentenced in December of 2018.  Authorities have been investigating a string of fires that happened in ...More >>
Powered by Frankly

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by Frankly, Inc. All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.