Pittsburg State advances to final
Gorillas pull ahead late in first half to defeat Delta State 49-23
PITTSBURG, Kan. -- Pittsburg State scored 21 points in the final 2:44 of the first half en route to a 49-23 victory on Saturday against Delta State in the NCAA Division II semifinals.
The Gorillas (12-1) will meet Wayne State in the championship game Dec. 17 in Florence, Ala.
Pittsburg State turned a close game into a rout at the end of the first half, scoring three touchdowns and taking advantage of two turnovers by the Statesmen (11-3). Zac Dickey threw touchdown passes of 30 yards to Jon Thomas and 38 yards to John Brown, and receiver Andrew Castaneda hit Levi Kuntzsch for a 36-yard score.
Brown also scored on a 43-yard punt return just 1:32 into the game, and the Gorillas got their final TD on a 91-yard interception return by Paul Robinson.
Micah Davis passed for 365 yards and a touchdown for Delta State, but was intercepted three times.