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Missouri Western Suffers 1st Loss of the Season

Pittsburg State beat Missouri Western Saturday.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Despite a pair of touchdown receptions by senior tight end Reggie Jordan, No. 4 Missouri Western (7-1) couldn't overcome No. 12 Pittsburg State. The Gorillas (7-1) handed the Griffons their first loss of the season 34-14.

Pitt State jumped up by two scores in the first half after a 23-yard Jeff Seybold touchdown run.

Western responded with a 67-yard TD toss to Jordan for his first score of the day.

The Gorillas added a field goal, and took a 13-7 lead into halftime.

With the Griffons still trailing by six in the third quarter, John Schmiemeier entered for a 52-yard field goal attempt with a chance to cut the deficit in half. Pitt's Jason Peete got a great jump on the snap -- possibly an early one -- and blocked Schmiemeier's kick. He then scooped it and returned the loose ball 56 yards for a touchdown. Replays showed that Peete was dangerously close to being in the neutral zone when the ball was snapped. There wasn't any doubt in Missouri Western head coach Jerry Partridge's mind that it was a penalty.

"A huge swing of events was that blocked field goal... They were offsides."

The blocked kick return put Western down by 13 points, and they never got closer than that for the rest of the game.

Travis Partridge finished the game 16-32 for 193 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He was sacked four times.

The Gorillas owned the ground game rushing for 280 yards, 179 coming from Seybold.

Missouri Western will try to bounce back next Saturday at home against Emporia State.
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