No. 1 Northwest Missouri St. upended
McCoy's field goal as time expires lifts Pittsburg State to win
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Chase McCoy booted a 26-yard field goal as time expired to help lift No. 15 Pittsburg State to a 38-35 victory against No. 1 Northwest Missouri State in The Fall Classic at Arrowhead Stadium.
McCoy's third field goal of the game helped the unbeaten Gorillas (5-0, 4-0 MIAA) halt the Bearcats (4-1, 3-1 MIAA) record streak of 49 consecutive MIAA regular season victories.
Pitt State became the first conference team to defeat Northwest in the regular season since the Gorillas handed the Bearcats a 56-35 defeat in The Fall Classic on Oct. 29, 2005. Pitt State also halted a painful seven-game losing streak in the series with Northwest.
The Gorillas had to rally from deficits of 21-0 and 28-6 to come from behind in the game played before 15,106 fans on Saturday afternoon.
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Zac Dickey completed 14 of 21 passes for 223 yards and a touchdown and he rushed the ball 19 times for 102 yards and a score to lead the Pitt State offense.
John Brown caught eight passes for 182 yards and two touchdowns -- a 49-yarder from Dickey in the third quarter and a 56-yard reverse pass from flanker Andrew Castaneda early in the fourth quarter. He also caught a 2-point conversion pass from Dickey that drew Pitt State even with Northwest at 28-28 with 12:37 to play in the game.
Pitt State overcame the 22-point deficit to storm in front 35-28 on Dickey's one-yard run with 7:28 to play in the game.
The Bearcats, stymied for the majority of the second half, countered though with an eight-play, 80-yard drive culminated by a 14-yard pass from Trevor Adams to Jake Soy, knotting the score at 35-35 with 4:12 to play in the game.
Undaunted, Pittsburg State marched the ball 72 yards in 11 plays, chewing up the remainder of the clock and leaving the potent Northwest offense on the sideline to watch the waning moments.
The Gorillas benefitted from a pair of Bearcat penalties on their final drive –- a personal foul late hit and an offsides call on a pivotal 3rd-and-4 play from the Bearcat 33 that gave Pitt State a fresh set of downs in the game's final minute. From there, Dickey rushed twice for 12 yards and Briceton Wilson added a seven-yard run to the NW 9 to set up McCoy's kick.
McCoy added field goals of 29 and 25 yards in the second quarter to help Pitt State break up Northwest's early 21-0 lead.The Gorillas also got a defensive spark in the third quarter when safety Jason Peete returned an interception 44 yards for a touchdown. Peete's touchdown return came five plays after Pitt State had scored on its opening drive of the third quarter to pull within 13, at 28-13. The defensive score made it a 28-20 game with 9:22 remaining in the third period.
Nate Dreiling paced the Gorillas defense with 12 tackles, while Spencer Worthington added a pair of quarterback sacks. Peete finished the game with five tackles, including a pair of tackles-for-loss, a forced fumble, and a pass breakup.