Think Pink game is at home at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22
By Dan Carr/Assistant AD for Media Relations
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Lincoln football team produced 137 yards on the ground against a top-10 nationally-ranked team, but Pittsburg State ended up escaping Jefferson City with the win on Saturday (Oct. 15). The Gorillas, who entered the game ranked No. 7 in the American Football Coaches Association’s Division II poll, beat the Blue Tigers, 49-10.
Zamar Brake came into the game with a propensity to throw the ball, but he made a number of big plays with his feet on Saturday. Brake picked up multiple first downs on third down carries, and gained a team-high 65 yards on 16 carries. One of those designed runs came on third-and-six at the PSU 15, as Brake exploded through a hole and all the way into the end zone for the LU touchdown in the fourth quarter. In addition to his big game on the ground, Brake also completed 18 passes for 148 yards.
Dawan Lomax added 40 yards and Blayden Brown provided 4.7 yards per carry late in the contest. In the passing game, Chrisshun Robinson led Lincoln (0-7, 0-7 MIAA) with seven grabs for 61 yards, and Charles Johnson made three catches for 18 yards. Aderias Ealy finished with five receptions for 52 yards, with his big playing coming on LU’s field goal drive in the second quarter. Ealy had a 28-yard catch-and-run down the sideline to keep the drive alive and help the Blue Tigers put points on the board.
Pittsburg State (7-0, 7-0 MIAA) scored 14 points in the first quarter before taking a 28-3 lead into the half. The Blue Tiger defense had some shining moments against the vaunted Gorilla offense, however, including ending a PSU drive on an Eric Brown interception inside the LU 10. Brown returned the ball 27 yards, and also made two tackles on the afternoon.
Jaylon Mosley had a pair of tackles for loss and led Lincoln with 13 total takedowns. TeAndre Skinner, who made seven tackles, had one for a loss to stop the Gorillas on fourth down. Charles Ransom provided four tackles, a hurry and a pass break-up, and Kelvon Durham added three tackles and a broken up pass. Markey Mallary matched Skinner with tackles while Samuel Amituanai provided four.
Javier Moreno successfully connected on a 27-yard field goal and made his only extra point attempt of the contest. Michael Cunningham averaged 51.7 yards on kickoffs and 34.7 yards on punts with a long of 54.
Lincoln remains at home next Saturday (Oct. 22) to host Nebraska Kearney in its annual Think Pink Game to promote breast cancer research and awareness. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.