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ESU comeback effort runs out of time in 30-28 loss to Pitt State

Emporia State quarterback Braden Gleason scored four total touchdowns in the Hornets 30-28 loss...
Emporia State quarterback Braden Gleason scored four total touchdowns in the Hornets 30-28 loss against Pittsburg State on Saturday, September 25, 2021.(ESU Athletics)
Published: Sep. 25, 2021 at 11:08 PM CDT
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PITTSBURG, Kan. (WIBW) - Emporia State fell short in a comeback effort on the road against Pittsburg State 30-28.

Coming out of the gates, the Gorillas put the Hornets in an early hole. Pitt State scored a touchdown on each of their first two possessions of the game to lead 14-0. ESU scored a pair of touchdowns to close out the first half, but still trailed 21-14 at the half.

Emporia State came out firing in the second half. The Hornets opening possession was an 11 play, 75-yard drive that ended in a Cole Schumacher touchdown pass from Braden Gleason. That tied the game at 21-21. Pitt State scored 9 unanswered points to lead 30-21.

With 18 seconds left on the clock, Braden Gleason ran in a 5-yard touchdown to make it a two-point game. But, the comeback effort ran out of time and Emporia State lost 30-28.

Emporia State quarterback Braden Gleason had a sensational game. He completed 36/53 passes for 348 yards and 2 passing touchdowns. He also contributed 46 yards on the ground with two more rushing scores.

Up next, Emporia State (2-2) will host rival Washburn (3-1) in the Turnpike Tussle. The game will be played Oct. 2nd. The game is scheduled to kick off at 1:00 p.m.

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