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Tigers Upset No. 8 Gorillas, 7-6


Press Release PSU:

Fort Hays State University managed just 141 yards of total offense but the Tigers defense came through time and time again in a 7-6 upset victory over No. 8 Pittsburg State University before 11,489 partisan fans at Brandenburg Field/Carnie Smith Stadium Saturday (Sept. 27).

The Tigers (3-1, 3-1 MIAA) held the Gorillas (3-1, 3-1 MIAA) to their lowest home scoring output in 23 years as Pitt State managed just a pair of field goals – from 37 and 33 yards – from Connor Frazell in the first half. Pitt State was limited to minus one net yard in the third quarter and 80 total yards in the second half.

FHSU's Daniel Lindsey blocked Frazell's 55-yard field goal attempt with 2:59 to play in the game. The Gorillas drove 37 yards to the Tigers 38 yard line but the drive, which consumed 6 minutes, 4 seconds of play clock stalled and Pitt State was forced to try the long field goal attempt.

The Gorillas stuffed the Tigers on three straight running plays and got the ball back at their own 23 yard line with 2:00 to play in the game, but quarterback Anthony Abenoja missed on three pass plays before completing a dumpoff pass to tailback Dre Holman on fourth down. Holman was corraled by Nate Simpson at the line of scrimmage to hold the Gorillas on downs.

FHSU got its only score on the opening drive of the game. Quarterback Traveon Albert heaved a 44-yard pass that was ruled intercepted by Pitt State's De'Vante Bausby at the Gorillas 3 yard line and subsequently fumbled into the end zone as he battled with Tigers receiver Ed Williams for possession. Williams then recovered the loose ball for the score.

Abenoja completed 15 of 27 passes for 160 yards in the game. He was sacked four times.

The Gorillas rushed the ball 35 times for 80 net yards. Jeff Seybold had eight carries for a team-leading 32 yards before exiting the game with an injury.

Albert was nine for 16 passing for 67 yards and two interceptions. Edward Smith carried the ball 12 tiems for 37 yards, while Albert had 12 carries for 33 net yards as the Gorillas registered three quarterback sacks against him.

Isaac Maselera made a game-high 10 tackles (five solo) for the Gorillas with two tackles-for-loss and a fumble recovery.

The six points was Pitt State's lowest home scoring output since the Gorillas played to a 6-6 tie against the University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri S&T) on Sept. 28, 1991. FHSU was 0-19-1 in the last 20 match-ups against the Gorillas. The last time Pitt State held an opponent to seven or fewer points and lost was a 3-0 decision to Elon in the 1981 NAIA National Championship Game at Burlington, N.C.

The Gorillas will return to action next Saturday (Oct. 4) when they travel to St. Joseph, Mo., to face Missouri Western State University.
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