Despite being outgained by over 100 yards on offense, the Pittsburg State football team was tied with Fort Hays State, 14-14 at halftime from Lewis Field on Saturday.

Despite being outgained by over 100 yards on offense, the Pittsburg State football team was tied with Fort Hays State, 14-14 at halftime from Lewis Field on Saturday.

The Tigers had 204 yards of total offense to the Gorillas' 103, but the Gorillas were blessed with a special teams miscue, a missed field goal and some rhythm found on offense midway through the second quarter to hold with Fort Hays.

Again, it was a slow start for the Gorillas, but the Tigers were able to take their opening possession 72 yards on six plays before quarterback Mike Garrison hit O.J. Murdock for a 36-yard touchdown strike, just 2 minutes, 43 seconds into the first quarter.

The Gorilla offense appeared to struggle to start as their first possession resulted in a three-and-out. But, punter Jared Witter was able to pin the Tigers at their own 1-yard-line.

On the subsequent play, Tiger running back James Walker was dropped by Joe Uzzel and David Vaughn for no gain — almost causing a safety on the play.

It was special teams that came up with the first big play for PSU as Alex Kuhlman burst through the middle of the line to block an Ethan Kosjer punt and recover it at the Tigers' 4. After a pair of handoffs to Briceton Wilson and Terrance Isaac, it was quarterback Jeff Smith that found the end zone on a 1-yard run to tie the game 7-7.

Hays had an opportunity to take a lead exiting the first quarter as kicker Tyler Kimbrough attempted a 29-yard field goal, but it drifted wide to the left.

In the second quarter, Smith and the Gorilla offense seemed to find their lost rhythm as Smith completed four passes on PSU's first possession of the second half and Wilson put the Gorillas up 14-7 on a 1-yard run. It was set up by a 13-yard scamper by Smith on the previous play.

But, the Gorillas were hurt with a leaping penalty on a 42-yard field goal attempt by Kimbrough, giving the Tigers the ball on the 12. Two plays later, Fort Hays capitalized when Garrison hit Murdock for his second touchdown of the game from 11 yards out.

Late in the first half, the game started to get heated as the Gorilla defense found pressure on Garrison when John White and Will Grissom dropped the quarterback for an 8-yard loss on a sack. However, after the play, Grissom tussled with a Tigers' lineman, causing offsetting unsportsmanlike penalties. Nonetheless, the Tigers were forced to punt.