Sept. 5, 2009

Courtesy of Pittsburg State

PITTSBURG -- John McCoy accounted for 324 total yards and five touchdowns to spark fifth-ranked Pittsburg State University to a decisive 41-13 win over No. 7 Chadron State College Saturday afternoon (Sept. 5) at Brandenburg Field/Carnie Smith Stadium.

The Eagles (1-1) scored first in the game on Travis Atter's 52-yard field goal two-and-a half minutes into the game, but the Gorillas rattled off 41 of game's next 48 points to take a commanding advantage.

McCoy scored on a three-yard run late in the first quarter to give Pitt State a 6-3 edge, before the Gorillas exploded for 28 second-quarter points.

McCoy fired a 28-yard TD pass to quarterback/wide receiver Zac Dickey as well as a pair of scoring tosses to Kendall Fisher -- from 42 and 26 yards -- in the period, the last coming with 0.6 seconds remaining in the first half.

McCoy finished the game 13 of 20 passing for 212 yards and three touchdowns. He also was the top ground gainer in the contest, rushing 15 times for 112 yards. He added a 17-yard TD jaunt in the third quarter.

Pitt State, which piled up 590 yards of total offense in a 42-13 win Central Oklahoma on Aug. 29, piled up 426 yards against Chadron.

Fisher finished the game with five catches for a game-high 97 yards and two scores for Pitt State.

The Gorilla defense forced four turnovers -- two interceptions and two fumbles -- and blocked a field goal in the game, while limiting the Eagles to 33 rushing yards in the contest.

Alex Kuhlman led the way for the Pitt State defense with eight tackles a fumble recovery and an interception.

Garrett Treffer completed 28 of 52 passes for 254 yards and a touchdown for Chadron, with Isaac Stockton snaring seven catches for a team-leading 63 yards.

The Gorillas will travel to Kansas City, Mo., to face defending MIAA champion Northwest Missouri State University in the conference opener in The Fall Classic at Arrowhead VIII on Sept. 12. The eighth-ranked Bearcats will bring a 1-1 game into the contest.