- MIAA Division 2 players of the week
Frazell earns accolades for football
| Michael Bauer Sports Editor |
Senior field-goal kicker Connor Frazell was named the MIAA Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday, Oct. 6.
Frazell, from Iola, booted three field goals to help the Gorillas to a 23-13 win over the Missouri Western State Griffons on Saturday, Oct. 4, in St. Joseph, Mo.
Frazell kicked field goals of 25, 25 and 34 yards in the game. His first kick gave the Gorillas a 17-10 lead in the second quarter. Frazell was the only player to get on to the scoreboard in the second half from either team with his 25-yard kick in the third quarter and a 34-yarder in the fourth quarter.
Frazell booted two field goals in the Gorillas’ loss to Fort Hays State a week earlier. He has been nine of 12 on field goals this season with his longest being 37 yards.
The third-year PSU kicker was a transfer from Butler Community College after playing the 2011 season with the Grizzlies before arriving at Pittsburg State.
Others nominated were Marquez Clark of Central Oklahoma, Will Mondragon of Central Missouri and Drew O’Brien of Missouri Southern State.
DeVries named cross country recipient
| Michael Bauer sports editor |
Junior Hannah DeVries was named the MIAA Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week.
DeVries, from Kansas City, Mo., finished seventh overall at the Kansas University Rim Rock Farm Collegiate Classic on Saturday, Oct. 4, in Lawrence. She was top among non-NCAA Division I and unattached athletes in her race. DeVries finished the 6-kilometer race in 22 minutes and 20.0 seconds, helping the Pittsburg State women’s cross country team to a fifth-place finish out of the 12-team field. The Gorillas were the top non-Division I team in the competition. Others nominated for the honor included Morgan Benesch of Nebraska-Kearney, Emily Harris of Missouri Southern State, Anne Herbert of Northwest Missouri State and Micki Krzesinski of Fort Hays State.
The Gorilla cross country teams will next compete on Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Missouri S&T Jackling Jock Invitational in Rolla, Mo.
- Women, men go one/two in D-II
| Charles A. Ault reporter |
The men’s cross country team placed second and the women’s team won among non-D-I colleges at the University of Kansas Rim Rock Collegiate Challenge on Saturday, Oct. 4.
“Overall we did about as well as we should be at this point,” coach Russ Jewett said. “There were a few racers that didn’t have their best day, but we raced to our capacity and got beaten by some very good teams.”
The lead racer for the Gorillas, junior Austin Bogina, came in 11th overall, sixth in his division, with a time of 25:30.1.
“I am happy to see Austin still up at the front. He is very fit. All the hard work he has been putting in is really paying off,” Jewett said.
Freshman Alex Conn finished next for the Gorillas. His time of 26:02.5 earned him 30th overall and 11th in his division; sophomore Ren Bean placed 38th overall and 14th in his division with a time of 26:18.9 in a performance Jewett describes as “a bit of a breakthrough.”
Senior Talon Thompson, in 39th/15th place, followed Bean. Also placing for the Gorillas was sophomore Andrew Rodgers in 41st/17th place.
The 48 points the Gorilla men garnered put them in second place in the non-D-I division above Drury with 81 points but behind division winners Nebraska-Kearney with 18 points.
Overall, Jewett says the conditions could hardly have been better for a meet.
“It was a little windy by the second race, but perfect for running,” Jewett said. “The ground was a little soft because of all the rain. The course was different this year and there were no make-or-break hills; we were essentially running the easier Rock Rim course.
“The men need a strong No. 2 and No. 3 runner to emerge,” Jewett said.
The already small women’s squad raced only six of its nine runners – the other three being out with injuries. In spite of these hardships the team still performed well.
Leading the women’s team was junior Hannah DeVries, who placed seventh overall and second in her division with a time of 22:20.0.
“I was very impressed with Hannah’s performance,” Jewett said. “She beat all but one runner from (the University of) Kansas.”
The second-place finisher for the Gorillas was freshman Katren Rienbolt in 30th overall, fifth in her division, with a time of 23:15.1. Next was senior Alex Moase in 46th overall, eighth in her division, with a time of 23:50.1.
Also placing for the women’s team were freshman Paige Penton in 57th/13th and sophomore Shannon Danaher in 65th/17th.
Forty-one points was enough to earn the women first place in the non-D-I division, tied with Fort Hays State but with a faster average time. This placed the Gorillas over MIAA conference teams Nebraska-Kearney and Emporia State
“The women did well today, especially for being such a small group,” Jewett said.
The next meet for the cross country teams is the Missouri S&T Jackling Jock Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 25.
- Volleyball falls to Griffons in three sets
| Michael Bauer sports editor |
Event though the Pitt State volleyball team committed only 10 errors in the match, the Gorillas will still not able to overcome the Griffons of Missouri Western State on Saturday, Oct. 4.
PSU lost to MWSU in three sets during the away meet in St. Joseph, Mo.
The Gorillas had a hit at .320 for the match, one of the team’s best attack percentages of the season. However, the Griffons had nine service aces and 13 more kills than PSU.
MWSU took the first set with a loss of 25-17 and then won with the same score in the second match, as well as beating Pitt State 25-20 in the third set.
For the Gorillas, sophomore Madison Mosier had 11 kills and one ace while freshman Ary Crittleton had nine kills and two blocks.
Junior Haylee Gregory recorded five kills and one block while senior Ashley Bell had four kills and one block.
Missouri Western took a 14-10 lead in the first set.
The two teams were tied in kills, each with nine. The Griffons then strengthened the lead with three more points when a kill by Bell made the score 17-11. The Gorillas managed to cut the deficit to 20-15, but were unable to completely close the gap.
In the second set Pitt State worked to fight back from an early 12-6 deficit and managed to close the score to 15-12 after a kill by Mosier. However, a kill by Jordan Chohon of Missouri Western sent the Griffons on a 4-0 run.
In the third and final set, the Gorillas took a 6-2 lead with two attack errors and a kill by Mosier, along with a service ace. PSU spent the remainder of the set in the rearview mirror but managed to close the gap to 19-17 after a late 6-0 run.
The defeat on Saturday was not the first of the weekend for the Gorillas.
On Friday, Oct. 3, Pitt State lost in three sets to Northwest Missouri State in Maryville, Mo.
The Bearcats won the first set 27-25, the second 25-21 and the third 25-21.
The Gorillas hit a .170 attack percentage while NMSU was under .300. PSU put up 39 kills and 20 errors but allowed 49 kills and 16 errors.
Northwest also beat Pitt State in blocks with nine to PSU’s six.
Mosier had 12 kills and one block while senior Paula Okrutna had 10 kills and two blocks.
Bell had six kills and one block while Gregory had three kills and three blocks.
The Gorillas’ record is now 5-11.
Pitt State will next face Washburn on Friday, Oct. 10, at John Lance Arena and on Saturday, Oct. 11, the Gorillas and Emporia State Hornets will face off.
- Back in the game
Offense recovers in 23-13 win
| Michael Bauer sports editor |
Pitt State’s offense scored two first-quarter touchdowns while the defense held the Missouri Western State Griffons scoreless in the second half in a 23-13 win on Saturday, Oct. 4, in St. Joseph, Mo.
Pittsburg State’s offense, which last week was limited to only six points against Fort Hays State, took only six minutes to set things straight with senior quarterback Anthony Abenoja connecting with junior running back Jamal Tyler for a 15-yard touchdown early in the game. Four minutes later, Abenoja scored off a 5-yard run and senior kicker Connor Frazell’s leg did the rest of the work for the Gorillas with three field goals.
“He (Frazell) is very consistent,” head coach Tim Beck said in his post-game interview with KKOW. “We trust that guy. He is a nice player and it’s not easy doing that, but he had a nice night.”
The Griffons responded with a field goal of 34 yards in the first quarter to make it 14-3 before a 3-yard touchdown pass to Stephon Weaver cut the gap to four points. Frazell’s 25-yard kick with 3:04 before halftime made it 17-10 and the Griffons were limited to only one for field goal in the closing minutes of the half before PSU’s defense denied Missouri Western in the second half.
“I really thought early on in the first half, maybe our front guys were a little stagnant,” Beck said. “I thought in the second half, they really turned it on. I think our coaches did a nice job and really got their motor running a little bit more.”
The Gorilla defense made life easy for Abenoja after senior linebacker Tyler Disney tipped a Skyler Windmiller pass and senior safety Isaac Maselera intercepted it at the Western 37-yard line, leading to the Gorillas’ opening score. “We got off to a really good start and got that 14-0 lead,” Beck said. “I felt like Missouri Western was really flat and it just almost looked like we relaxed a little bit. We were playing hard, we just kind of let them back into it.”
Disney did leave the game with a knee injury in the second quarter and the Gorillas were without junior running back Jeff Seybold Jr., who was still out from last week’s injury. Senior left tackle Vincent Brown was also lost due to a high ankle sprain injury. Seybold and Brown are on week-to-week status.
“Jeff is one of our captains and one of our leaders,” Beck said. “So it hurts to not have him, but our guys played hard for the guys that were out.”
Frazell’s field goals of 25 yards in the third quarter and 34 yards in the fourth were enough for the Gorillas to build a 10-point lead.
PSU garnered 134 yards of net rushing while Abenoja went 15 of 25 for 183 yards and one touchdown.
Junior running back Brian Poston had 11 carries for 43 yards while sophomore running back Dre Holman had 12 carries for 39 yards.
Junior wide receiver Marquise Cushon had seven catches for 111 yards while Tyler had four receptions for 56 yards.
The Griffons had only 78 net yards of rushing and Windmiller went 12 of 27 for 114 yards and was sacked four times. Brandynn Clark needed only one catch for 40 yards to lead the Griffons in reception yards while Josh Walker had four receptions for 24 yards and a touchdown.
Spencer, who was the second-leading rusher in the MIAA conference, was held to only 89 yards on 17 attempts.
With the win, the Gorillas improve to 4-1 while the Griffons fall to 4-2.
This week, the Gorillas will take on the Emporia State Hornets on homecoming at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at Carnie Smith Stadium.
The Hornets, who enter this week’s contest with a 3-2 record, were picked to finish third in the MIAA preseason polls but have appeared to not meet expectations. After beating Missouri Southern State 53-28 in their first game, the Hornets were tripped up by Central Missouri 50-31 before losing by 10 at home to Central Oklahoma. The Hornets escaped humiliation with a 42-35 overtime victory against winless Northeastern State and are coming off a 37-22 win over Lindenwood.
Emporia State’s offense is second in the MIAA with an average of 439.5 yards per game while Pittsburg State is fourth.
Defensively, though, the Hornets are ranked dead last with 2,623 yards allowed and 24 touchdowns while the Gorilla defense sits at second with 991 yards. Pittsburg State leads the conference in scoring defense with only 27 points allowed and two shutouts.
The Gorillas have allowed only 601 yards of passing (second fewest in the conference) and the Hornets (led by quarterback Brent Wilson) are the leading passing squad in the MIAA with 159 completions for 1,768 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Antonio Brown leads the Hornets in rushing with 369 yards of 84 carries and Austin Willis has 29 catches for 545 yards and six touchdowns.
Volleyball beats FHSU in five sets
| Michael Bauer sports editor |
The Pittsburg State volleyball team ended a tumultuous week snatching a victory over the Fort Hays State Tigers in five sets at John Lance Arena on Saturday, Sept. 27.
The game was the third consecutive five-set match for the Gorillas and the ninth of the season.
Pitt State entered Saturday night’s contest coming off a four-game losing streak with losses to Lindenwood, Central Missouri, Missouri Southern and Nebrask-Kearney.
But the past was clearly put behind.
The Tigers took the first set 25-22 before the Gorillas won the next two sets in scores of 25-18 and 25-20. the Fort Hays won the fourth set, sending the two teams into another five-set face off, which left Pitt State victorious.
The Gorillas had a .255 for the match and hit at above a .300 clip in four of the five sets. Pitt State out-blocked Fort Hays 10 to eight while putting up 10 more digs and 11 more kills in the night.
Both teams kept things close and the tension high during the first set before the Tigers finally pulled a 24-18 lead after a kill by Mallory Elagor. A kill by sophomore Madi Mosier put the Gorillas on a 4-0 scoring run to make it 24-22, but a second kill by Elagor ended the first set in favor of Fort Hays.
Senior Paula Okrutna and Mosier both had more than 20 kills for PSU along with a total of four blocks.
Mosier tallied a double-double and finished the night with 16 digs while junior Hayley Hansford matched Mosier with her own double-double, 63 assists and 13 digs.
However, it was sophomore Ashlen Schwartz who led the Gorillas in digs with 21.
Freshman Ary Crittleton finished the night with 17 kills and senior Aimee Wood and sophomore Taylor Wright each finished with 11 kills.
The Gorillas went on a 9-3 run in the second set and took advantage of three consecutive attacking errors by the Tigers for the win.
An attacking error by Tiger Taylor Mares followed by a kill by Hansford gave the Gorillas the 25-20 win in the third set.
Fort Hays State went on a 6-2 run late in the fourth set for a five-point win.
In the fifth set, the Gorillas trailed early 5-2 after a kill by Mares before a kill by junior Haylee Gregory got PSU off to a 6-0 run to take an 8-5 lead. Pitt State would stay in front for the rest of the set to win its fifth set.
Pittsburg State will next face Northwest Missouri State in a road contest on Friday, Oct. 3, in Maryville, Mo., before facing Missouri Western on Saturday, Oct. 4, in St. Joseph, Mo.
- Former All-American returns to PSU
| Michael Bauer sports editor |
To anyone in Pitt State’s athletic department, it comes as no surprise how humble John Brown can be.
The soft-spoken, former Pittsburg State All-American wide receiver hasn’t let the National Football League change him.
On Saturday, Sept. 27, Brown, who was drafted in the third round by the Arizona Cardinals in May’s NFL Draft, made a return visit to Pittsburg State during the Gorillas’ home game against Fort Hays State. It may have been Family Day for the university, but for Brown it was a homecoming.
Brown, who graduated last year, was welcomed back to a chorus of cheers from the Pitt State crowd and led the team onto the field.
“It felt great to be back,” Brown said. “It makes me miss it a lot and it was a great feeling to be back on Family Day.”
Since Brown’s signing with the Cardinals, the city of Pittsburg has made a religion of following Brown.
PSU coaches and players keep track of Brown’s progress in the NFL while fans at Chatters can watch every Arizona Cardinals game live.
During his PSU days, Brown was a three-time All-American who was a key part in PSU’s historic 2011 national championship team and in 2013, broke the school record in receiving yards, a record that was previously held by former Gorilla and Harlon Hill Trophy winner Ronnie West.
So far this season, Brown has played in all three NFL games for the Cardinals, compiling 109 yards receiving from nine receptions and three touchdowns. His first touchdown came in the Cardinals’ Monday Night Football game against the San Diego Chargers.
On Monday, Sept. 8, Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer spotted Brown off a play action fake and connected with him on a 13-yard pass with 2:32 left in the game to give the Cardinals the come-from -behind win.
“It was a good feeling to be able to put my team back up,” Brown said. “I give credit to those guys on the line. They had great blocks out there. It was just a good feeling to get the game-winning touchdown.”
Brown only finished the game with two catches for 29 yards, but his second reception propeled the Cardinals into a 3-0 record so far this season.
Brown’s other two touchdowns this season came off of passes of 24 and 21 yards, respectively, in the Cardinals’ 23-14 win over the San Francisco 49ers. Just like San Diego, his two touchdowns helped the Cardinals come from behind in the second half after Arizona faced a 14-6 halftime deficit.
Brown says it doesn’t matter where he’s playing at.
“It’s still football at the end of the day.” he said. “It’s still the same thing, minus the school work.”
But like school, Brown’s typical day starts by waking up at 7 a.m. and heading off to a nine-hour practice.
“You meet all day so I’m basically in the office from eight to five just trying to get better and to learn,” Brown said.
Brown says there has been little to no shock for him of what he has been able to accomplish in his young professional career.
“I’m not surprised because being around those great guys and future Hall of Fame players makes my job easier,” Brown said.
Nor did he have any doubts about his chances at getting drafted.
“I wasn’t worried at all because I did what I had to do and I knew someone would give me a chance,” Brown said.
At 5’10” and 179 pounds, Brown may not be the biggest wide receiver, but what he lacks in height, he makes up for in speed with his quickness and versatility. At Pitt State, he was not only a wide receiver but also the return man on kick offs and punts.
Tim Beck, PSU head coach, says Brown has performed “extremely well, like we thought he would do.”
Regardless of what the future may hold, Brown seems to have remained the same.
“He is a natural,” Beck added. “His moves are very smooth and he is confident in his ability. He has already proved he belongs there.”
Tigers take Gorillas 7-6
| Michael Bauer sports editor |
That was all the Tigers needed to upset the Gorillas 7-6 at Carnie Smith Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 27, in the team’s first victory over Pitt State since 1978.
As 11,489 fans witnessed, eighth-ranked PSU was held to its lowest home score in 23 years.
Fort Hays State quarterback Traveon Albert heaved a 44-yard pass that was ruled intercepted by Pitt State’s senior cornerback De’Vante Bausby at the PSU 3-yard line and then fumbled into the end zone where FHSU receiver Ed Williams recovered the loose ball for a touchdown on the game’s opening drive.
PSU was limited to only two field goals by senior kicker Connor Frazell and to minus one net yard in the third quarter for a total of 80 yards in the second half.
“This was the first game that we didn’t get off to a fast start, offensively,” said Tim Beck, head coach. “We were able to move the ball at times, but were just completely out of sync.”
The Gorillas managed to limit the Tigers to 141 offensive yards. Albert went nine of 16 passes with two interceptions for 67 yards, while the Gorillas’ senior quarterback Anthony Abenoja went 15 of 27 for 160 yards and was sacked four times.
“The offense didn’t click today,” Abenoja said. “We couldn’t get the momentum going and when we did, we shot ourselves in the foot.”
Facing fourth down and 10 from the PSU 45-yard line with 2:59 to play in the game, the Gorillas lined up for a 55-yard field goal attempt that was blocked by Tiger Daniel Lindsey.
Fort Hays had 37 rushes for 74 yards while Pitt State garnered 80 yards from 35 carries.
“Defensively, we played lights out,” Beck said. “We had a couple of really big turnovers (forced by our defense), but we just didn’t capitalize on them.”
Senior safety Isaac Masselara had a game-high 10 tackles (five solo) and two tackles-for-loss as well as a fumble recovery.
Junior running back Jeff Seybold left the game in the first half with an injury and would not return. He had eight carries for 32 yards and two receptions for 21 yards.
Junior wide receiver Marquise Cushon, who had one catch for eight yards, also limped off the field in the second half.
Senior offensive lineman Vincent Brown was also notably absent after spending time on the sidelines with an injury.
“Injuries are part of the game,” Beck said. “You’ve got to deal with those. That’s why the next guy has got to be ready to go.”
Penalties hurt the Gorillas as PSU had eight for 70 yards while the Tigers had only two penalties for 23 yards.
Sophomore safety Skylarr Gatson was ejected from the game in the second quarter after punching an FHSU player.
“We had some really untimely penalties,” Beck said. “We were in too many third-and-longs and our third-down conversions were bad.”
The Gorillas tried to get something going on offense in the second half.
A pass to junior wide receiver Austin Daniel for 38 yards with 11:34 left in the game gave the Gorillas a glimmer of hope, but the drive made it only to the PSU 49-yard line and Pitt State was forced to punt.
After forcing Fort Hays to go three-and-out, the Gorillas embarked on an 11-play drive that covered 37 yards and took 5:05 off the clock only for it to end with a blocked field goal.
The Gorillas will next face the Missouri Western State Griffons on Saturday, Oct. 4, in St. Joseph, Mo.
The Griffons enter the contest with a 3-1 record..
- Abenoja named MIAA player of the week
| Michael Bauer sports editor |
Senior quarterback Anthony Abenoja was named the MIAA Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, Sept. 22.
The award was given after Abenoja threw for 330 yards and four touchdowns in the Gorillas’ 42-0 victory over the Washburn Ichabods on Saturday, Sept. 20.
The native of Kansas City completed 19 of 33 passes and threw touchdown passes of 50 yards to junior wide receiver Marquise Cushon and 19 yards to senior wide receiver Gavin Lutman. Abenoja also had touchdown strikes of 25 yards to junior running back Jeff Seybold and 15 yards to junior wide receiver Austin Daniel.
Abenoja had nine carries for 27 net yards on the ground, helping the Gorillas compile 552 yards of total offense in the game.
So far this season, Abenoja has completed 57 passes for 883 yards and eight touchdowns for a QB efficiency of 181.12 and a completion percentage of 65 through the first three games of the year. On rushing, Abenoja garnered 75 net yards from 22 carries and one touchdown.
- Mud for fun, good cause
| Gretchen Burns reporter |
While whipping her mud-caked feet off on the grass, Mallory Flowers surveyed the courts and smiled during the Sigma Sigma Sigma Mud Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 20, in Arma.
Flowers, sophomore in biology and member of Tri Sigma, was one of more than 75 people who made the drive from Pittsburg and dove into the mud to support the Robbie Page Memorial Fund, Tri Sigma’s national philanthropy.
“I think this is great,” Flowers said. “There are a lot more people than we expected here.”
The tournament was part of the sorority’s philanthropy goal and was led by Kaylee Wiggins, who says she came up with the idea while in high school.
“Our pledge class took this on as its first philanthropy project,” said Wiggins, junior in marketing and management. “They did a fantastic job.”
Teams who participated in the tournament and registered early paid $60 to compete, while last-minute teams registering the day of paid $90. Teams consisted of six to eight players and 11 teams total competed.
Wiggins says many of the teams were composed of Greek students, but students not affiliated with a Greek house also competed and mixed in well.
“We had participation from members of Alpha Sigma Alpha, Sigma Chi, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Lambda Chi Alpha, Pi Kappa Alpha, and Sigma Tau Gamma,” Wiggins said. “Everyone had fun.”
About $1,500 was raised Saturday and Wiggins says she believes that due to the large turnout, mud volleyball will most likely be an event held for many years to come.
Hannah Wooten agreed.
“I think it’s a very unique way to raise money,” Wooten, junior in nursing and member of Alpha Sigma Alpha, said. “It’s what we need to be doing, getting more people involved and out there while supporting the cause.”
Mark Flood, senior in mechanical engineering and president of Pi Kappa Alpha (Pike), also says the idea was an interesting new approach to raising money for charity.
“A lot of people don’t want to take a can and stand in the middle of the Oval,” said Flood.
Fellow Pike member James Bush, sophomore in financial accounting, added to Flood’s comment as he peeled the drying mud off himself.
“This was interactive and it sparked the interest of lots of people,” he said. “It’s been fun to do and it’s great to know we’re raising money for a good cause.”
Tri Sigma established the Robbie Page Memorial Fund after the fourth National Tri Sigma president’s son, Robbie Page, died at the age of 5 from bulbar polio. The fund raises money for polio research, including the Salk vaccine trials, and was established as Tri Sigma’s official philanthropy in 1954. More information on the philanthropy can be found on the Sigma Sigma Sigma Foundation website.
A very muddy Sigma Phi Epsilon team took first place at the double elimination tournament. Flower’s team took second.
- Defense records second shutout in 42-0 romp
| Michael Bauer sports editor |
The Pittsburg State defense has fared well in its 2014 campaign, adding its second shutout of the season to the record with a 42-0 win over the Washburn Ichabods on Saturday, Sept. 20, in Topeka.
In the second quarter, with the Gorillas leading 21-0, the Ichabods had the ball on the Pitt State 1-yard line with four downs to score. All four plays went to waste as Pitt State stuffed Washburn on a goal-line stand and the Ichabods turned the ball over on downs.
“The defensive goal-line stand was absolutely phenomenal,” said Tim Beck, head coach, in his post-game interview with KKOW.
The first three plays went up the middle but junior defensive lineman Taye Irvin and the rest of the Gorilla defense didn’t allow the Ichabods to get on the scoreboard.
“Taye Irvin has become a big-time leader for us,” Beck said. “We always knew he was a good player, but he really caused some problems on the goal-line stand.”
Pitt State’s offense returned the favor by driving 99-yards for a touchdown to take a 28-0 lead at the half after senior quarterback Anthony Abenoja completing a 25-yard touchdown pass to junior running back Jeff Seybold.
“Our defense had a great goal-line stand today,” Abenoja said. “Then we went 99 yards for a touchdown. It’s great that we’re clicking like that.”
PSU’s defense has only allowed seven points so far this season.
“It’s hard to get one (shutout) in a years time, let alone two, and we got two out of three games,” Beck said. “We are off to a great start defensively.”
Abenoja went 19 of 33 passes for 330 yards and four touchdowns. Seybold had 17 carries for 122 yards.
Junior wide receiver Marquise Cushon had seven passes for 119 yards and a touchdown.
Abenoja was also named to the MIAA’s Offensive Athlete of the Week.
Pitt State’s defense had its second interception for a touchdown return in two weeks with sophomore safety Skylarr Gatson picking off Washburn quarterback Mitch Buhler for a 39-yard return in the second half to make it 42-0.
Buhler went 13 of 29 for 149 yards and one interception. Ichabod running back Vershon Moore had 13 carries for 30 yards and receiver DaJuan Beard had five catches for 62 yards.
It was the first time since 1998 the Ichabods faced a shutout.
PSU improves its record to 3-0 and are only one of three undefeated teams left in the MIAA. The other two are Northwest Missouri State and Central Oklahoma, who pulled off an upset over Emporia State over the weekend as well.
This weekend, Saturday, Sept. 27, Pitt State will face conference foe Fort Hays State for the first time in three years.
FHSU (2-1) is coming off a 20-7 win over Lindenwood. The Tigers are led by quarterback Treveon Albert, who has passed for 257 yards and three touchdowns so far this season.
Fort Hays State began the season with a 26-7 loss at home to Central Oklahoma before recovering with 48-13 win over Northeastern State and beating Lindenwood.
The last time the Gorillas and the Tigers faced off was in 2011, with the Gorillas winning 38-7.
The game will kick off at 2 p.m. at Carnie Smith and will be televised by the MIAA on KAKE channel 22.
The Lions raced out to an 8-4 lead in the fifth set before a Gorilla kill made it 8-5.
Unfortunately, MSSU went on a 7-1 run to take the game 15-6.
“You’ve got to expect a few jump balls to occur but that just tells you that you’ve got to take scoring opportunities, and you’ve got to take advantage because you can never tell when those are going to happen,” Mueller said.
Whetstone had 13 kills while Merriman had 17 for the Lions.
Mosier had 12 kills to lead the Gorillas and freshman Ary Crittleton had 10. Senior Ashley Bell and Highberger had nine each.
PSU now sits at 4-8 for the season. Their next game will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26, against Nebraska-Kearney at John Lance Arena. The Gorillas will remain at home the following day against Fort Hays State at 6 p.m.