PITTSBURG, Kan. — It wasn’t too long ago that Pittsburg State looked like one of the top teams in Division II football: The Gorillas started out the season 5-0 and were ranked No. 1.
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Since then, they’ve fallen on hard times. And this time the hard time was brought by Missouri Western.
No. 16 Missouri Western routed the No. 7 Gorillas 63-14 on Homecoming. This was one week after Pitt State fell to Northwest Missouri State in the Fall Classic at Arrowhead Stadium.
Pittsburg State, 5-2 overall and in the MIAA, took the early lead Saturday with a game-opening 87-yard touchdown drive. But after that, it was all Griffons: Missouri Western scored eight touchdowns and shut down the Gorillas.
Pitt State was finally able to answer with another TD of its own early in the fourth quarter. By then it was way too late.
The Griffons rushed for 240 yards on Saturday, with Michael Hill leading the way with 116 and three TDs. Griffons quarterback Travis Partridge passed for 213 yards and four touchdowns.
Missouri Western, which lost its only game last week to Missouri Southern, is now 7-1 and 6-1 in the MIAA. But there is plenty of work to be done as the Griffons play at undefeated Emporia State on Thursday night.