PITTSBURG — The Pittsburg State offense failed to get off the ground against visiting Northwest Missouri State on Friday, leading to a 31-7 defeat at the hands of the Bearcats at Carnie Smith Stadium.
The two teams now sit tied atop of the MIAA standings. It was the first loss of the season for Pitt State, who were previously the last unbeaten team in the conference.
Freshman quarterback Matt Harman threw the only Pitt State touchdown of the game, to Elijah Harris in the closing moments of the fourth quarter.
Pitt State’s offensive playmakers were held in check by the Bearcat defense. Quarterback John Roderique completed only six of 17 passes for 63 yards. Harman completed nine of 16 passes for 87 yards and a touchdown.
Pitt State halfback Tyler Adkins had 10 carries for 67 yards. Lorenzo West had 49 yards on three catches.
Northwest Missouri’s Isaiah Strayhorn plunged into the end zone at the goal line with under nine minutes to go in the first quarter to put the Bearcats on the board first.
Strayhorn finished his day with 147 yards and a touchdown.
Bearcat quarterback Braden Wright led a 21-0 second quarter for NMU. Wright threw two touchdowns in the quarter, the first being to tight end Chase White in the red zone to spark the run.
Freshman LaTroy Harper caught the second Wright touchdown, and Alec Tatum broke off a 23-yard touchdown with :34 seconds left in the first half to push their lead to 28-0 going into halftime.
The Bearcat defense continued to suffocate the Gorillas throughout the second half, until Harmon broke through with :48 seconds remaining in the game.
Pitt State will look to bounce back on the road at Fort Hays State on Saturday.