PHOTO GALLERY: Lopers hold on for first win over Pitt State since 1983

UNK running back Dayton Sealey led the Lopers Saturday with a team-high 105 yards rushing on 21 carries. (Photos by Todd Gottula, UNK Communications)

PITTSBURG, KANSAS – Sophomore quarterback TJ Davis ran for four touchdowns and the defense made a last minute stand to help Nebraska-Kearney hold off Pittsburg State, 31-26, Saturday afternoon in Kansas.

This was the season-opener for both teams with the game being a non-MIAA contest. UNK snaps a 12-game, 37-year losing streak to the Gorillas who were led by first-year head coach Brian Wright. The Lopers last win over Pitt came back in 1983, 27-13.

“I am extremely happy with our guys. Ugly win … but an ugly win is a good win. Extremely happy with the way we prepared. First game of the year, October 31, COVID year, went to Pittsburg, Kansas, which is an extremely tough place to play. They have a lot of tradition and we came away with the victory,” UNK head coach Josh Lynn said.

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