Jamal Tyler Caps Off #15 PSU 20 Point Comeback Win - KOAM TV 7

Jamal Tyler Caps Off #15 PSU 20 Point Comeback Win



PITTSBURG — For the second time in as many weeks, the Pittsburg State University offense came alive after a slow first half and the Gorillas defense clamped down in the final 30 minutes of play to pull out a hard fought win. The 15th-ranked Gorillas overcame a 27-7 halftime deficit Saturday (Oct. 3) to rally with 24 unanswered points for a 31-27 victory over Missouri Western State University.

The Pitt State defense, which allowed 247 yards of offense in the first half, limited Western (3-2, 3-2 MIAA) to 94 yards of offense after halftime. Jeff Seybold capped a 14-play, 65-yard drive with a one-yard run on the Gorillas' opening drive of the third period and Levi Copelin hauled in an eight-yard touchdown pass from John Roderique, Jr. four minutes later to draw Pitt State (4-1, 4-1 MIAA) within six points, 27-21, heading into the fourth quarter.

Chad Levin booted a 27-yard field goal with 11:26 to play in the game to make it a 27-24 game.

The two teams traded three-and-out drives, before the Griffons threatened to expand their lead before being stopped in Pitt State territory. Taye Irvin tackled running back Josh Caldwell for a one-yard loss on 4th-and-3 from the PSU 23 with 4:50 to play in the contest.

Roderique then took the Gorillas 74 yards in eight plays for the go-ahead score. He connected with wide receiver Marquise Cushon on a 36-yard pass to the MWSU 38, then broke loose for a 12-yard run two plays later. He then found Copelin for 11 yards to the MWSU 9, before Jamal Tyler scooted into the end zone from seven yards out two plays later with 1:23 remaining.

Skyler Windmiller missed on five of seven pass attempts, including his final four tries, for Western and Pitt State held the Griffons on downs at their own 28 to seal the victory with 32 seconds to play.

Seybold rushed 13 times for a game-high 100 yards, while Tyler added 88 yards on just five caries. Roderique completed 12 of 25 passes for 158 yards and two TDs and he rushed for 69 yards. Cushon posted Pitt State's first 100-yard receiving day of the season with six grabs for 104 yards.

Windmiller, who started the game 4-for-4 for 131 yards and two touchdowns, finished the contest 10 of 26 passing for 187 yards with an interception.

Raphael Spencer carried the ball 22 times for 74 yards and Caldwell added 11 rushes for 46 yards. Dee Toliver had three catches for 101 yards, including an 84-yard TD connection in the first quarter.

Spencer Brown made a game-high 13 tackles with a quarterback sack and a pass break-up for the Gorillas, while Deron Washington added 11 tackles and a PBU. Darnell Walker, Jr. made his fifth interception of the season to halt a Western drive in Pitt State territory on the first play of the fourth quarter.

The home team won for just the third time in the last 10 games between the rivals. Pitt State snapped a three-game home losing streak against the Griffons in front of 10,814 Homecoming fans.

Pitt State will travel to Emporia, Kan., to face unbeaten Emporia State University next Saturday (Oct. 10) at 2 p.m. The 23rd-ranked Hornets defeated Lindenwood University, 20-13, at St. Charles, Mo. today.

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