All of the momentum seemed to be on the side of the Pittsburg State football team.

All of the momentum seemed to be on the side of the Pittsburg State football team.


After scoring 24 unanswered points in the fourth quarter against Fort Hays State last week, the Gorillas were poised to capitalize against Nebraska-Omaha, a team that suffered a heartbreaking 34-31 loss last week.


However, a lack of pass defense, penalties, special teams breakdowns and an offense that found the road long all day, stopped that momentum and helped the Mavericks to a 48-27 win over the Gorillas Saturday at Carnie Smith Stadium.


With regards to pass defense, the Gorillas were scorched for 257 yards passing by UNO quarterback John Teigland on just 15 pass completions.


“When you play a team that can line up with one or two backs and not do anything fancy, they came out with boots and nakeds,” said PSU head coach Tim Beck. “We just didn’t have a good day stopping the pass.”


The offense, while being tasked to avoid the three-and-out series in the first half that had plagued them in previous losses, found an ability to drive the field, but yield little results.


“Our offense didn’t come out focused like we should have been,” said PSU senior wide receiver Jon Thomas.