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CANYON, Texas — Quarterback Mak Sexton passed for 271 yards and two touchdowns, running back Tyler Adkins ran for a pair of scores and the Pittsburg State University defense forced four turnovers as the Gorillas claimed a 42-28 road win over West Texas A&M University Saturday (Nov. 21).
The victory allowed the Gorillas to finish their abbreviated 2020 season with a 2-2 record. The Buffs finished their season at 3-3.
Pitt State started fast in the game. Sexton drove the Gorillas 70 yards in six plays and capped the drive with a 1-yard run two minutes into the contest.
Three plays later, Pitt State’s Kaden Roy stripped WT running back Khalil Harris of the football and returned it 48 yards for a touchdown and a 14-0 Gorillas lead.
The two teams traded scores throughout the first half and the Gorillas went to the locker room with a 28-21 edge. Adkins scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter and Sexton tossed a 17-yard TD pass to wide receiver Dylan White.
The Pitt State defense came up big at the end of the first half when Morgan Selemaea popped running back Brandon Blair at the PSU 1, forcing a fumble that was recovered by the Gorillas’ Jeffrey Fordjour to halt a scoring threat.
Adkins added a 13-yard scoring jaunt at the 10:18 mark of the third quarter for a 35-21 Pitt State lead. After the Buffs, trimmed the margin to 35-28, Sexton connected with wide receiver Bryce Murphy for a 31-yard scoring play with 13:54 to play in the game.
The Buffs, who were victimized by three fumbles and an interception, had a chance to trim the margin to a one-score game, but the Pitt State defense made a goal line stand and thwarted four plays from the Gorillas 1 yard line to hold WT on downs with 7:45 to play in the game.
The Pitt State offense never gave the ball back to the Buffs. The Gorillas drove 81 yards on 12 plays, picking up five first downs to run out the remainder of the clock.
Sexton finished the game completing 21 of 30 passes for 271 yards. Murphy made eight receptions for a game high 137 yards, while Jalen Martin added six grabs for 70 yards.
Adkins carried 14 times for 104 yards, while Tucker Horak added 12 carries for 69 yards. The Pitt State offense compiled 519 yards of total offense in the game – 271 passing yards and 248 yards on the ground.
Brandon Mlekus made a team-leading 12 tackles on defense for the Gorillas. Selemaea added eight stops and the forced fumble. Alex Gaskill posted four tackles and an interception in the contest.