#18 Pitt State beats Nebraska-Kearney to stay perfect

The Gorillas are now 4-0 this season
#18 Pitt State beats Nebraska-Kearney to stay perfect

The Pittsburg State Gorillas are 4-0 to start the season.

On Saturday, the Gorillas picked up a road win against Nebraska-Kearney, beating the Lopers 37-14.

Wide receiver Lorenzo West finished with 100 receiving yards and a touchdown on 4 catches. Quarterback Brandon Mlekus led the team in rushing with 77 yards on 15 carries. Mlekus, Mak Sexton and Matt Harman each threw a touchdown pass for Pitt State.

The Gorillas will return home next Saturday, hosting the Lincoln Blue Tigers in week 5.

RELEASE FROM PITTSBURG STATE ATHLETICS:

The Pittsburg State University football team reeled off 27 unanswered points to claim a 37-14 road win over the University of Nebraska-Kearney Saturday (Sept. 28) at Cope Stadium.

The No. 18 ranked Gorillas (4-0, 4-0 MIAA) trailed 7-0 early in the game before surging ahead of the Lopers (2-2, 2-2 MIAA).

Quarterback Brandon Mlekus rushed for a game-high 77 yards and he completed three of five passes for 98 yards, including a 68-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Lorenzo West.

Quarterbacks Mak Sexton and Matt Harman also tossed touchdown passes for the Gorillas.

Harman gave Pitt State the lead, 10-7, on a 35-yard scoring connection to KiAnte Hardin. Hardin added an interception on defense to set up Mlekus’ scoring toss to West. Sexton added a 23-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Bryce Murphy.

Kicker Jared Vincent remained perfect on the season. He booted field goals of 20, 23 and 25 yards to improve to 13-for-13 on the season.

Safety Morgan Selemaea closed out Pitt State’s scoring with a 38-yard fourth quarter interception return for a touchdown.

West had four receptions for a game-high 100 yards, while wide receiver Brenner Clemons also had four grabs for 57 yards.

The Pitt State defense registered four quarterback sacks in the contest and limited UNK to 212 yards of total offense in the contest. The Lopers entered the contest having not allowed a sack in their first three games. UNK managed just 137 rushing yards on 39 carries, after averaging an MIAA-leading 300.7 rushing yards coming into the contest.

Linebacker Kaden Roy posted a career-best 11 stops for Pitt State, while Ned Bingaman made six stops, including 2.0 quarterback sacks.

The Gorillas will return home to entertain MIAA rival Lincoln University next Saturday (Oct. 5) at 1 p.m. (CDT) at Carnie Smith Stadium.

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