PITTSBURG — The Pittsburg State football team held a 24-10 lead in the early going of the fourth quarter, but lightning above Welch Stadium forced the officials to delay the game.
The game will pick back up on Sunday at a time still to be determined.
Pittsburg State will pick up at the Emporia 22-yard line with 10 minutes and eight seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
Emporia State jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead in the first quarter, as the Hornets went 75 yards in 13 plays before scoring on a four-yard touchdown pass from Braxton Marstall to Jordan Jackson on the opening drive of the contest.
Following the touchdown, the Gorillas drove the ball into the red zone on a 23-yard pass from John Roderique to Jovon Wilson, but an interception in the end zone gave the ball back to the Hornets on their own 20-yard line.
Pitt State’s defense swung the momentum by forcing a punt after the turnover.
The Gorillas began their new drive near midfield and quickly tied the game at 7-7, as Michael Rose broke free for a 59-yard touchdown run with four minutes remaining in the first quarter.
Rose scored again in the early going of the second quarter, finding the end zone from 10 yards out to cap off a 12-play, 87-yard scoring drive to put the Gorillas in the lead at 14-7.
After receiving the kick to begin the second half, the Gorillas were forced to punt the ball back to the Hornets.
ESU took over on its own 36-yard line, but a fumble forced by Ciyre Simmons and recovery by Lorenzo West gave the Gorillas the ball just outside the red zone.
Pitt State capitalized on the opportunity, as Brendon Franklin threw to West for touchdown on the first play to push the score to 21-7 with 11 minutes remaining in the third quarter.
The Hornets started the following drive at their own 36-yard line and drove into PSU territory in 10 plays, but settled for a 29-yard field goal to narrow the gap to 21-10.
PSU got the points right back in the following drive, as Jared Vincent split the uprights from 29-yards out to push the score to 24-14.
Shortly into the fourth quarter lightning strikes forced the officials to pause the game for a weather delay.
What was scheduled to be a 30-minute delay turned into several hours, as the storm clouds continued to light up the dark sky.