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Pittsburg State football rolls Fort Hays, hosts UIndy in first round of NCAA playoffs Saturday

PSU Head Football Coach Brian Wright celebrates MIAA title with players
PSU Head Football Coach Brian Wright celebrates MIAA title with players

On Saturday, Pittsburg State football completed their first undefeated season since 2004, earning a berth in the NCAA football playoffs. KRPS’ Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.

The Gorillas won their 11 conference games this season by an average of over 17 points. A 14 to 13 victory of Emporia State on the road in late September was their closest margin of victory.

A 39 point blow out of Lincoln University who were winless this year was their largest margin of victory so far this season. It’s also the first time that Pittsburg State football has won the MIAA title outright since 2011.

The last time they shared a piece of the title was in 2014. Eddie Lomshek, play-by-play announcer for the Pitt State Gorillas on Saturday as time expired and the Gorillas defeated Fort Hays State.

“Everyone living large here at the Jungle. Pittsburg State has a school record. 11 conference wins. And they have first undefeated regular season since 2004.”

The NCAA Division 2 football selection show was held Sunday afternoon, and the Gorillas will host the University of Indianapolis Greyhounds Saturday at Carnie Smith Stadium in Pittsburg.

Since 2017 Fred Fletcher-Fierro has driven up Highway 171 through thunderstorms, downpours, snow, and ice storms to host KRPS’s Morning Edition. He’s also a daily reporter for the station, covering city government, elections, public safety, arts, entertainment, culture, sports and more. Fred has also spearheaded and overseen a sea change in programming for KRPS from a legacy classical station to one that airs a balance of classical, news, jazz, and cultural programming that better reflects the diverse audience of the Four States. For over two months in the fall of 2022 he worked remotely with NPR staff to relaunch krps.org to an NPR style news and information website.

In the fall of 2023 Fred was promoted to Interim General Manager and was appointed GM in Feburary of 2024.
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