KEARNEY, NE — Pittsburg State scored on a 72-yard touchdown with 12 seconds left and the Gorillas upset #11 Nebraska-Kearney 35-28 on Thursday night at Cope Stadium.

The defeat is the Lopers’ (1-1) first home loss since Nov. 16, 2019. It ended a two-game win streak for UNK against Pitt St.

The game started out almost perfectly for the Lopers. They stopped the Gorillas on their first two drives and scored on a pair of rushing touchdowns from quarterback T.J. Davis on their own drives.

Pitt St. responded with two touchdowns in the second quarter. The Gorillas excelled on third down and leaned on 6-foot-6 tight end Devon Garrison to make big plays - including a seven-yard touchdown pass. UNK scored on a Davis pass to Xavier Delk in the second quarter and UNK led 21-14 at half.

Pitt St. dominated the 3rd quarter. The Gorillas scored two touchdowns, including a 36-yard pass to Garrison, to grab a 28-21 advantage. UNK managed just 22 yards in the quarter.

The Lopers appeared to regain their offensive prowess early in the 4th quarter. UNK embarked on a 12-play, 67-yard drive finished off by a 7-yard run by Zane Schawang to tie the game.

It remained tied until under a minute to play. UNK pinned Pitt State back at the eight yard line with just 46 seconds left. The Gorillas appeared content to take the game to overtime until a pass interference penalty gave them life with 23 seconds left. That’s when quarterback Chad Dodson Jr. hit Bryce Murphy down the right sideline for a 72-yard score to give Pitt State the 35-28 lead.

Next up for the Lopers is a road game against Washburn next Saturday. UNK returns home to face Central Missouri on Saturday, Sep. 24. You can watch that game on News Channel Nebraska.