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#22 Gorillas drop to 4-3 With Loss to #3 Northwest

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RELEASE FROM PITTSBURG STATE ATHLETICS:

PITTSBURG — Third-ranked Northwest Missouri State University scored 21 unanswered points in the second quarter to break open a 7-7 game against No. 22 Pittsburg State University. The Bearcats rode that first-half momemtum to a 31-14 victory in front of 10,189 fans at Brandenburg Field/Carnie Smith Stadium.

With the win and Emporia State's 27-23 loss to Fort Hays State, the Bearcats (7-0, 7-0 MIAA) are the only remaining unbeaten team in the MIAA. The Gorillas fall to 4-3.

Brady Bolles tossed a pair of first-half touchdown passes for the Bearcats and Brandon Yost recovered a fumble in the Pitt State end zone for a defensive score.

After Bolles first scoring pass to George Sehl, Marquise Cushon tossed a 19-yard reverse pass to tight end Kyle Swartz to get Pitt State on the board and knot the score at 7-7 with 7:31 remaining in the first quarter.

Bolles then finished a 15-play, 65-yard drive that consumed 7:32 of play clock by hitting Clayton Wilson in the end zone from five yards out. After Yost's score put the Bearcats in front, 21-7, Randy Schmidt tossed a 68-yard reverse pass to Sehl to make it a 28-7 Bearcat lead with 7:21 to play in the first half.

Thomas LePage, making his first career start for an injured Pitt State starter John Roderique, Jr., completed 13 of 27 passes for 76 yards. He tossed a 15-yard touchdown pass to running back Michael Rose to draw the Gorillas within 14 points, at 28-14, with 6:45 to play in the third quarter.

The Pitt State defense limited the Bearcats to 121 yards in the second half. Dino Teague intercepted a Bolles pass in the end zone to halt a potential scoring drive and then Pitt State forced four punts and a fumble among Northwest's final six drives.

The Gorillas had opportunities to climb back into the contest, but four of Pitt State's final six possessions ended in interceptions.

Colby Hall made a game-high 13 tackles for the Gorillas, while Deron Washington added 10 stops and a forced fumble.

Jacob Vollstedt recorded a team-leading 11 tackles for Northwest, including two quarterback sacks, a forced fumble and an interception.

The Gorillas will return to action next Saturday (Oct. 24) by traveling to Kearney, Neb., to face the University of Nebraska-Kearney.

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