Gus the Gorilla
Posted: December 31, 2012 - 2:31 PM
A change of heart -- and a sprinting defensive coordinator -- brought Gus Toca to Pitt State. In turn, he helped bring a trophy home. Now the 2012 TK Player of the Year reflects on his career.
Opinion: Thanking the football gods
Posted: December 15, 2012 - 4:52 PM
While it's tough to see Valdosta State hoist the trophy, now is the time to appreciate what can happen when a good team seizes every opportunity fate allows.
19 and counting ...
Posted: November 11, 2012 - 11:46 AM
Gorillas extend winning streak over Missouri Southern to 19 with 26-14 win despite adversity
Big plays doom Gorillas
Posted: November 5, 2012 - 6:19 AM
Lindenwood's Denodu O'Bryant reels off three scoring plays of more than 80 yards en route to 44-33 win over Pitt State.
Gorillas grind out win over Truman
Posted: October 28, 2012 - 8:15 AM
After two games in which Pittsburg State’s newfound passing attack struggled to score points, the Gorillas went another direction.
Gorillas crash to earth on homecoming
Posted: October 20, 2012 - 9:47 PM
Carnie Smith Stadium saw a pair of records Saturday as PSU suffers worst home loss in front of largest crowd. Western rolled the Gorillas 63-14 on homecoming.
Wet, wild times at Arrowhead
Posted: October 14, 2012 - 10:19 AM
Northwest Missouri comes back from a 14-0 deficit to down No. 1 Gorillas 31-21 in the Fall Classic at Arrowhead XI.
Brown isn't the only weapon for Gorillas
Posted: October 12, 2012 - 10:46 AM
John Brown may be the most prolific of PSU's wide receivers, but he's far from the Gorillas' only option.
Gorillas defeat adversity, Mules
Posted: October 7, 2012 - 12:11 AM
The Pitt State Gorillas knew they would be tested at some point. That test came, and No. 1-PSU passed it with a 30-21 win over Central Missouri.
Bye Week Brings on Challenging October
Posted: October 5, 2012 - 11:44 PM
Last year the Gorillas did not fair well after their first bye week. This season Pitt State hopes it can use what it learned in the playoffs to defeat the Mules
Gorillas bloody Blue Tigers
Posted: September 23, 2012 - 2:23 AM
No. 1 Gorillas use stingy defense, big plays, running game to pummel MIAA-newcomer Lincoln, 59-17.
Business as Usual as Pitt State Cruises Over SBU
Posted: September 18, 2012 - 11:31 AM
On a mud soaked field in Bolivar, MO, the Pittsburg State University Gorillas ran their record to 3-0 with a dominating performance that included 52 unanswered points en route to a 52-9 win.
Gorillas flood Bearcats in Bolivar
Posted: September 17, 2012 - 4:48 PM
The Gorilla Defense made big plays early and then shut down the Bearcats for the rest of the game. Then as the rain fell, the Gorilla offense poured it on.
Pittsburg State Gorillas Roll Again with Big Win
Posted: September 11, 2012 - 2:08 PM
You can ask anyone who's ever attended a Pittsburg State Gorillas game, you will understand that you don't need 80,000 fans to make a tremendous atmosphere for football
Carnie Smith rocks as No. 1 PSU rolls Bronchos
Posted: September 9, 2012 - 10:03 PM
PSU makes mistakes, but 10,754 fans watch as Gorillas beat Central Oklahoma 34-19 in first home game since winning the 2011 NCAA Division II national title.
No. 1 Gorillas roll past Riverhawks
Posted: August 30, 2012 - 10:37 PM
Pittsburg State shows off firepower with 41-20 win over Northeastern State as the defending national champs oven 2012 season.
Gorillas kick off 2012 with proven mindset
Posted: August 11, 2012 - 3:46 PM
Pitt State football continues its one-game-at-a-time approach as it begins title defense.
Gorillas Announce 2012 Recruiting Class
Posted: February 2, 2012 - 7:26 PM
Read about the 40 signees and see video highlights of them
Posted: January 10, 2012 - 11:49 AM
PSU quarterback Zac Dickey cemented his place in Gorilla lore. Now the hometown kid is the 2012 Teamkong Player of the Year.
Tim Beck Wins Liberty Coach of the Year Award
Posted: January 9, 2012 - 9:34 PM
More than a trophy: With this award $50,000 is be awarded to four local charities and $20,000 to PSU Scholarships
Merry Christmas Gorillas Fans
Posted: December 24, 2011 - 11:28 AM
'Twas the Night Before Christmas - A Teamkong tradition
The Return of the Kings
Posted: December 21, 2011 - 12:00 PM
Call it a fairy tale if you want, but don’t call these Gorillas “Cinderella”
‘A family affair’
Posted: December 17, 2011 - 10:12 PM
Pitt State players celebrate national championship as brothers
Posted: December 19, 2011 - 11:11 AM
Pittsburg State overcomes rough start and hangs on for first national title in 20 years.
Made in Kansas
Posted: December 16, 2011 - 3:38 PM
Pitt State aims for national title with numerous state stars leading the way
Different paths to title game for Pitt, Warriors
Posted: December 16, 2011 - 12:08 PM
Gorillas blow through playoffs as second seed, while Wayne State barely made the postseason. Nonetheless, they'll meet for the title Saturday at 10 a.m.
Posted: December 15, 2011 - 11:59 PM
Jack Overman will be making his 7th trip to Florence, Ala. This week he gave his thoughts on everything from football to the secrets of staying virile at 93.
Gorilla defense lives to make the big stops
Posted: December 15, 2011 - 8:25 AM
PSU's defense turned Delta State's vaunted offense over on downs five out of six times, plus had a second great goal-line stand in these playoffs.
Posted: December 13, 2011 - 3:31 PM
Despite two years of adversity, these Gorillas never had a doubt
Posted: December 11, 2011 - 1:56 AM
Pitt State destroys Delta State 49-23 to earn a trip to the NCAA Division II title game. PSU will face Wayne State in Florence, Ala. Saturday at 10 a.m.
Welcome to the BIG TIME Pittsburg
Posted: December 9, 2011 - 10:30 PM
Gorillas face the Delta State Fighting Okra at 6:05 on ESPN 3
Rise of the apes
Posted: December 9, 2011 - 5:37 PM
Relentless, swarming defense propels Pittsburg State
Twice is niiiice
Posted: December 5, 2011 - 6:52 PM
Gorillas beat Bearcats twice in same season for first time since ’04 title run
Gorillas run away from Northwest
Posted: December 3, 2011 - 11:39 PM
Dickey, Brown form lethal duo as Pitt State downs Northwest 41-16. PSU will host Delta State at 6:05 p.m. Saturday for semifinal matchup.
Pitt State-Northwest, Part Deux
Posted: December 2, 2011 - 10:03 PM
The Gorillas square off again vs The Bearcats for a spot in the National Semi Finals
Spradling making the most of his time
Posted: December 2, 2011 - 2:44 PM
Jason Spradling has emerged as a major piece of the Gorillas rushing attack.
Posted: November 30, 2011 - 11:15 AM
Pitt State avenges loss to Washburn; Northwest looms in quarterfinal showdown
Critical fourth-quarter stops lift Gorillas
Posted: November 26, 2011 - 9:50 PM
Pitt State holds on downs twice in final period to stop explosive Washburn offense.
Gorillas advance and will host Northwest
Posted: November 26, 2011 - 8:57 PM
Pitt State overcomes dismal first quarter to dispatch Washburn, 31-22 in NCAA Division II quarterfinals.
Pitt State vs Wasburn - Playoff Edition
Posted: November 25, 2011 - 4:23 PM
The Gorillas look to avenge their only loss the season against a very good Ichabod team.
Posted: November 24, 2011 - 12:22 PM
The Gorilla offensive line has been a key to the Gorillas success in 2011
Posted: November 22, 2011 - 10:41 AM
President Steve Scott looks on as the Gorillas celebrate after winning the MIAA and clinching a home playoff game just 23 months after hiring Tim Beck.
Wrecking the ’Bods
Posted: November 21, 2011 - 9:25 PM
Pitt State’s blueprint for revenge
Return of the “Swagger”
Posted: November 15, 2011 - 8:04 PM
A breakdown of the key pieces to Pitt State’s conference championship team
Gorillas earn No. 2 seed, bye
Posted: November 13, 2011 - 7:19 PM
Pitt State faithful gather at Carnie Smith Stadium to hear Gorillas rewarded with the second seed. Northwest Missouri, Missouri Western and Washburn also make the cut.
Gorillas clinch outright MIAA title
Posted: November 12, 2011 - 10:31 PM
PSU beats Southern 51-28 and Washburn falls to create perfect storm for Gorillas.
Gorillas ready for Lions
Posted: November 11, 2011 - 4:39 PM
The Gorillas are playing for a share of the MIAA title and a home playoff game.
Stringer making most of Senior campaign
Posted: November 11, 2011 - 2:13 PM
Luke Stringer has proved to be an outstanding partner to All-American Nate Dreiling to lead Gorilla Defense
Let’s not panic …
Posted: November 8, 2011 - 4:20 PM
Pitt State lost in ugly fashion, but the Gorillas still have plenty to play for
Washburn dominates Gorillas, clock
Posted: November 5, 2011 - 11:04 PM
Despite a great performance from John Brown, the Ichabods have their way with Pitt State
Gorillas, Ichabods set to do battle
Posted: November 4, 2011 - 5:25 PM
Washburn stands in the way of Pitt State avenging yet another loss from 2010
Jones, Gorillas not yet satisfied
Posted: November 2, 2011 - 1:27 PM
Keeping with the one-game-at-a-time attitude, PSU know the No. 9 Ichabods will be a huge test.
What’s on the line with Washburn
Posted: November 2, 2011 - 10:21 PM
Playoff positioning, the conference title, and an unbeaten record
In other news…
Posted: October 31, 2011 - 10:40 AM
A recap of MIAA and D2 Top 25 action while the No. 2 ranked Gorillas enjoy an off weekend
And then there were two…
Posted: October 26, 2011 - 2:58 PM
Gorillas head into off-week on the verge of completing a dream season.
Gorillas Crush Mules
Posted: October 22, 2011 - 10:53 PM
Pitt State's dominant 38-17 victory takes them to 8-0
Gorillas enter key stretch at UCM
Posted: October 22, 2011 - 1:05 AM
The Pittsburg State Revenge Tour continues on Saturday, when the Gorillas travel to Warrensburg, Mo., to face the University of Central Missouri.
Reconnoitering the Mules
Posted: October 18, 2011 - 10:23 PM
We turn our attention to the first of three huge games Pitt needs to win to finish on top.
Pitt blasts Lincoln, 69-6
Posted: October 16, 2011 - 12:39 AM
The Gorillas celebrate homecoming by blasting the Blue Tigers in front of a third consecutive home sellout crowd.
Gorillas’ will be without Smith, Watkins against Lincoln
Posted: October 14, 2011 - 8:56 AM
No. 7 Pitt State looks to stay unbeaten against conference foe
No letdown, just another (2nd-half) beatdown
Posted: October 11, 2011 - 6:18 PM
The Gorillas use another big third quarter to break open game against Fort Hays (Photo by Everett Royer, KSportsImages.com)
Gorillas score 21 unanswered to roll Tigers
Posted: October 9, 2011 - 10:50 AM
Pitt State's offense, defense team up for solid road win after dramatic comeback a week ago. (Photo by Everett Royer, KSportsImages.com)
No. 8 Gorillas face dangerous road test
Posted: October 7, 2011 - 10:59 AM
After an epic, come-from-behind victory at Arrowhead, the Pittsburg State Gorillas must focus on Fort Hays State.
Making the Most of his Opportunity
Posted: October 5, 2011 - 1:58 PM
Senior placekicker Chase McCoy has been a big piece in the Gorillas 2011 success.
I’m a believer…
Posted: October 3, 2011 - 10:17 PM
Zac Dickey and the rest of the Gorillas show fans they have what it takes to be champions
Gorillas KO Northwest in dramatic comeback
Posted: October 1, 2011 - 9:42 PM
Pittsburg State puts together a staggering second-half to snap No. 1-ranked Northwest's 49-game MIAA winning streak.
Making the Most of His Time
Posted: October 1, 2011 - 12:54 AM
Sixth year Senior Spencer Worthington is a key piece to the Pitt State Defense
Fall Classic, Take 10
Posted: September 30, 2011 - 12:57 PM
No. 15 Gorillas look to upend No. 1 Northwest Missouri at 10th annual Fall Classic at Arrowhead
Posted: September 27, 2011 - 10:15 PM
After a decisive tune-up win, the stage is set for a championship showdown.
Gorillas roll William Jewell, gear up for Bearcats
Posted: September 25, 2011 - 1:31 AM
No. 15 Pitt State put away the Cardinals early, but they insist they weren't looking ahead to Fall Classic X
Gorillas look to correct mistakes against Jewell
Posted: September 23, 2011 - 10:05 AM
No. 15 Gorillas not happy with last week's performance; look to improve.
Pulling an “Eastwood”
Posted: September 22, 2011 - 5:29 PM
Saturday’s road win gives fans the good, the bad and the ugly
Pitt State escapes with mind-boggling win
Posted: September 17, 2011 - 11:56 PM
Gorillas overcome Truman State -- as well as themselves -- in 27-26 thriller.
Hard work paying off for Watkins
Posted: September 16, 2011 - 11:13 PM
A big-time talent who has waited his turn, #23 is make the most of his chances.
Gorillas face road test at Kirksville
Posted: September 16, 2011 - 10:44 AM
PSU looks to stay perfect as they take on Truman State Saturday in Kirksville. But they aren't taking anything for granted.
Room for improvement
Posted: September 13, 2011 - 9:30 AM
Despite Saturday’s big win, the Gorillas have plenty of work to do offensively
Gorillas 38, Emporia State 14
Posted: September 11, 2011 - 11:41 AM
PSU laid a 38-14 beatdown on the Emporia State Hornets Saturday night with members of the 1961, 1981 and 1991 teams in attendance at Carnie Smith Stadium.
Experience counts: Championship advice from the ’61 Gorillas
Posted: September 9, 2011 - 10:40 PM
This year's Gorillas get some words of wisdom on what it takes to be champs.
Preview: PSU Hosts ESU in Home Opener
Posted: September 9, 2011 - 11:26 AM
The Gorillas will be looking to avenge a loss from last season when they host the Emporia State Hornets at 7 p.m.
What Thursday's big win can tell us about 2011
Posted: September 6, 2011 - 1:31 PM
The first installment of Greg's weekly commentary
DOMINATION. PITT 34, WESTERN 7
Posted: September 2, 2011 - 10:25 AM
The Gorillas combined a potent offensive attack with a shut-down defensive performance to earn the win in the season-opener between the MIAA foes.
Preview: Gorillas Kick-Off Season at Western
Posted: September 1, 2011 - 10:05 PM
Pittsburg State kicks off the 2011 campaign with a trip to St. Joseph, Mo., to take on the Missouri Western Griffons at Spratt Memorial Stadium.
Uzzel is ready for his shot to make an Impact
Posted: September 1, 2011 - 10:37 AM
Joe Uzzel is a backup defensive end but his fire and passion could make him an impact player as a reserve in 2011.
Dickey Poised for Senior Season
Posted: August 15, 2011 - 11:09 AM
Zac Dickey is determined to make the most of an opportunity he's waited for most of his life.
Optimism, excitement high as Gorillas open practice
Posted: August 12, 2011 - 2:53 PM
Pitt State opened practice on Thursday night with approximately 100 players.
August Golfing for a Great Cause
Posted: June 21, 2011 - 8:13 PM
The 4th Annual Golf Tournament is set for Saturday, August 13th. A great event to raise funds for the PSU Athletic Scholarship in Tommy's memory. Get a team signed up today!
PSU Announces 2011 Schedule
Posted: April 26, 2011 - 5:22 PM
Pittsburg State has announced the 2011 Schedule, Parking, Seating and Season Ticket Changes.
Gorillas Announce 2011 Recruiting Class
Posted: February 5, 2011 - 9:27 PM
Coach Tim Beck announced 19 high school and 4 Junior College recruits for the 2011 Class.
The 2010 Teamkong Player of the Year
Posted: December 30, 2010 - 8:27 PM
For the eighth consecutive year, Gorilla fans have selected the most outstanding Senior.
Gorillas beat Golden Bears
Posted: December 5, 2010 - 10:13 AM
The Pittsburg State Gorillas gave Concordia-St. Paul a steady dose of Briceton Wilson en route to a 13-9 victory in the Mineral Water Bowl Saturday afternoon.
An Important Piece Down the Stretch
Posted: December 2, 2010 - 2:36 PM
Nate Morris has proved to be a important piece to the Gorilla offense the last half of the season.
Two Reasons for Optimism
Posted: November 19, 2010 - 10:29 AM
Nate Dreiling and Gus Toca are two reasons the future of the Gorilla defense is a bright one.
Dreiling Named MIAA Freshman of the Year
Posted: November 18, 2010 - 1:03 AM
Nate Dreiling put together quite the resume as a redshirt freshman linebacker for the Pittsburg State Gorillas.
Pitt State Accepts Mineral Water Bowl Invitation
Posted: November 14, 2010 - 7:50 PM
The Gorillas have accepted an invitation to the Mineral Water Bowl. They will face Concordia-St. Paul in Excelsior Springs, Mo., on Dec. 4.
Gorillas fall short on last play of 'Classic'
Posted: November 14, 2010 - 4:56 AM
A deflected pass on fourth down gave Northwest Missouri a 22-16 win Saturday afternoon at Arrowhead Stadium.
Senior running back earns first TD
Posted: November 15, 2010 - 12:08 PM
A memorable touchdown, a bone-rattling hit and a nerve-wracking final drive.
Gorillas send off seniors in style
Posted: November 7, 2010 - 12:56 AM
Well, it may not have been pretty. And it may have been closer at the end than it needed to be. But the Pittsburg State Gorillas got out of Carnie Smith Stadium Saturday afternoon with a 17-14 victory over the Truman State Bulldogs.
Gorillas put up lackluster effort in 48-27 loss
Posted: October 31, 2010 - 10:43 AM
For all the talk about finally figuring out “Gorilla Football”, the Pittsburg State Gorillas did the exact opposite on Saturday afternoon, losing 48-27 to Nebraska-Omaha at Carnie Smith Stadium.
Gorillas pull away with 24-point fourth quarter
Posted: October 23, 2010 - 11:17 PM
Pittsburg State deviated from the script by scoring 24 points in the fourth quarter to beat Fort Hays State 38-21
Lutman Ready to Make Impact
Posted: October 22, 2010 - 11:11 PM
Gavin Lutman and the Pitt State offense know they must build on their second half play against Wasbhburn in order to beat Fort Hays today.
Furious comeback falls short in 2OT
Posted: October 17, 2010 - 9:34 AM
A miserable first half left PSU facing a 28-7 hole. But a spirited halftime talk helped spur a comeback that fell short in double overtime.
'We didn't deserve to win'
Posted: October 9, 2010 - 10:36 PM
The Pittsburg State Gorillas gave up a 14-0 lead in the second half to fall 17-14 at Emporia State.
'We're doing our part'
Posted: October 7, 2010 - 11:00 PM
Senior punter Jared Witter and freshman kicker Jake Craig are playing a prominent role in PSU's fortunes.
Craig nails field goal to give PSU victory
Posted: October 3, 2010 - 11:47 AM
Freshman kicker Jake Craig kicked a 27-yard field goal with 2.2 seconds left to give PSU a 24-21 win over Missouri Southern.
The Gorilla Offense Continues to Grow
Posted: October 1, 2010 - 5:59 PM
It's "Rivalry Week" at Carnie Smith Stadium. The Gorillas welcome the Lions to the Jungle. Camo Jersy's and All.
Camo Day at Carnie Smith Stadium
Posted: September 29, 2010 - 6:32 PM
Join the Gorilla Football team & the ROTC Gorilla Battalion as they join forces on October 2nd against Missouri Southern. The Gorillas will wear Army ACU Themed Jerseys during the game that will be up for auction in a ROTC/Football Fund-raising Event.
Gorillas fall to No. 8 Mo. Western
Posted: September 26, 2010 - 10:24 PM
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – Sometimes it’s the most mundane aspects of the game that can be the difference between a win and a loss.
Greatness Honored at Pitt State
Posted: September 24, 2010 - 1:02 AM
The contributions of six outstanding alumni from Pitt State Athletics were honored on Hall of Fame Weekend.
Gorillas fall to Mules in MIAA opener
Posted: September 18, 2010 - 11:32 PM
The Pittsburg State Gorillas seized some early momentum, but were unable to capitalize as Central Missouri records a 37-20 loss.
Gorillas Ready to Open MIAA Season
Posted: September 17, 2010 - 11:26 PM
Zac Dickey and the Gorilla Offense are ready to put the skeptics to rest.
Coach Broyles Going Out In Style
Posted: September 6, 2010 - 10:46 AM
While Coach Broyles officially retired in December, Saturday at Carnie Smith Stadium was his day, and also the unofficial change of the guard for the Gorillas.
Defense dominates in win over Chadron State
Posted: September 4, 2010 - 11:19 PM
The Pittsburg State Gorillas scored on their two of their first three possessions before holding on for a 14-3 win over the Chadron State Eagles Saturday afternoon at Carnie Smith Stadium.
Gorillas knock off UCO in season opener
Posted: August 28, 2010 - 11:38 PM
The Pitt State defense came up huge in the season opener – forcing six turnovers in a 31-20 victory over the UCO Bronchos.
Gorillas Break Fall Camp, Turn Focus to UCO
Posted: August 22, 2010 - 10:13 PM
Significant effort has been placed on team chemistry this year, working to blend all the new faces into the program.
Tom Van Hoy Show begins Monday, August 23rd
Posted: August 22, 2010 - 6:52 PM
Long-time play by play announcer Tom Van Hoy will be doing daily Gorilla Football updates Monday through Friday throughout the season.
Jim Johnson named PSU Athletic Director
Posted: August 1, 2010 - 4:28 PM
PSU President Steve Scott introduced Johnson to the community at a news conference and reception held in the Wilkinson Alumni Center.
New Era Begins
Posted: August 1, 2010 - 2:53 PM
Tim Beck named Pittsburg State University's 14th Head Coach