Pittsburg State pulls off upset victory
Pittsburg State quarterback Zac Dickey (6) was surrounded by Golden Bear defenders during a fourth quarter run. All 2010 game photos by Alisha Jack-Captures. Click photo above for photo album.
Game Review by Kerry Woods
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Pittsburg State did what seemed impossible and won the 45th Mineral Water Bowl with 3 second half scores to defeat Concordia St. Paul 13-9.
What seemed impossible wasn't a 5-6 team upsetting an 8-3 team. It was to score while driving into a 25 mph northwest wind. Pitt State's sophomore back Briceton Wilson scored from the 3 late in the third quarter to cap a 14 play drive that got the Gorillas back in the game 9-7.
PSU's offense had sputtered all day but midway through the third quarter junior quarterback Zac Dickey got the scoring drive started. Facing a third and 20 at their own ten he rolled left and ran 38 yards to midfield. Wilson's touchdown followed 10 plays later. Concordia's offensive chances became fewer and fewer as Pittsburg State's defense tightened and the offense ran the ball. The Golden Bears had the ball less than 10 minutes in the second half and had only 49 yards of offense.
Concordia's first score was a bowl record 51 yard field goal by Steven King in the second quarter. It ended a ten play 46 yard drive. After an ineffective PSU series Concordia used a short field on their next possession to extend the lead. A 27 yard halfback pass by Sam Campbell to junior Charles Gilbert got them the touchdown but a mishandled snap on the PAT kept their lead 9-0 at halftime.
In the third quarter Concordia again had the wind and had a chance to add to their lead. From the PSU 36 quarterback Spencer Ohm threw a backward pass to tight end Hayden Vavra who lofted a pass to Calvin Simon who was behind his defender at the goal line. Simon dropped it. CU drove to the PSU 22 but a personal foul penalty cost them 15 yards and the Golden Bears never really threatened again. The Gorilla defense put pressure on Ohm with two second half sacks and shut down the CU running game.
The first fourth quarter Gorilla drive lasted nearly 4 minutes and covered 38 yards. All but two plays were on the ground. Freshman Jake Craig kicked a 46 yard field goal to give PSU a 10-9 lead, their first of the day at 11:09 left in the fourth quarter.
On the following kickoff CU's freshman defensive back Jay Moten gave the Bears a chance with a 43 yard return to the Concordia 44. But on the first play freshman quarterback James Peterson fumbled, PSU's Johnny Row recovered at the CU 48. A nine play, 4 minute Gorilla drive resulted in another field goal from Craig, this one from 36 yards out.
Wilson and Dickey both rushed for over 90 yards. Wilson gained 78 of his 93 yards in the second half and was named the game's Offensive MVP. Senior linebacker Johnny Row of PSU was named Defensive MVP with 12 tackles, a half sack, three tackles for loss and a fumble recovery. PSU freshman linebacker Nate Dreiling had 16 tackles to remain the leading tackler in Division II.
Concordia linebackers Trevor Glomski and Al Quaye led the Golden Bears with 14 tackles each.