The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

October 27, 2012

Pitt State grounds out win over Truman


The Joplin Globe

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. — Pittsburg State turned back the clock a bit on Saturday in an attempt to dig itself out of a two-game rut.

The Gorillas rushed for 382 yards while attempting just 15 passes and the Pitt State defense was dominant in a 20-6 win at Truman State.

The win snapped PSU’s two-game losing streak and moved the Gorillas to 6-2 overall and in MIAA play. Truman State fell to 4-5 and 3-5.

The Pitt State offense did its damage — on the scoreboard at least — in the second quarter.

After Derek Koon kicked his second field goal to give the Bulldogs a 6-3 lead, the Gorillas marched 66 yards on 10 plays and went ahead 10-6 on Briceton Wilson’s 3-yard run.

The Gorillas then recovered a Truman State fumble, setting them up with a short field that led to Wilson’s 1-yard touchdown dive that made it 17-6 at the half.

The only point scored in the second half were on Connor Frazell’s 23-yard field goal with 9:40 left in the fourth quarter.

Pitt State held the Bulldogs to 216 yards of offense and just nine first downs. Pitt State picked off Truman State twice — Graylon Sanders and Joe Windscheffel — and recovered a fumble.

Wilson and Jason Spradling led the Gorilla offensive attack. Wilson rushed 31 times for 115 yards and two scores while Spradling gained 113 yards on 17 carries.

Quarterback Anthony Abenoja gained 54 yards on nine carries and Marquise Cushon — a corner back — added a 54-yard run on his one carry of the day.

All told, the Gorillas rushed 64 times for 382 yards, an average of six yards per carry.

Abenoja attempted just 15 passes, completing seven of them for 67 yards.

Nate Dreiling led the Gorilla defense with eight tackles — six solo —while Aries Herrion and Cushon had five tackles each.

Pitt State plays its final home game of the regular season next Saturday when Lindenwood comes to Carnie Smith Stadium for a 2 p.m. contest.