The Pittsburg State Gorillas used good old-fashioned smash mouth football in the first half Saturday afternoon against Central Missouri, leading 24-3 at halftime.

The Pittsburg State Gorillas used good old-fashioned smash mouth football in the first half Saturday afternoon against Central Missouri, leading 24-3 at halftime.

The Gorillas showed why they lead the conference in rushing offense, gaining 239 yards on 28 carries and averaging 8.5 yards per carry. Zac Dickey leads with 75 yards on nine carries, Briceton Wilson has 71 yards on nine carries, Eric Love 49 yards on a single carry, Jason Spradling 42 yards on seven carries and John Brown four yards on a single carry.

On defense, Pitt State managed to apply pressure on Central Missouri quarterback Tommy Corwin and not give up any big plays in the first half. Defensive ends Joe Uzzel and Gus Toca each have quarterback sacks and Corwin finished completing 5 of 18 passes for 65 yards and no touchdowns.

Two special teams plays helped out Pitt State. Bryant Sanchez forced Central Missouri kick returner Anthon Kirkwood to fumble and Eric Brantley made the recovery, setting up a 27-yard touchdown pass from Dickey to Love that gave Pitt State its 24-3 lead. On the final drive of the half, Paul Robinson blocked a field goal attempt by Central kicker Aaron Jamieson.