Football blown out by Pittsburg State on family day

Ethan Fugitt intercepts a Mason Bendigo pass during Pittsburg State's 50-19 victory over Lindenwood.
Ethan Fugitt intercepts a Mason Bendigo pass during Pittsburg State's 50-19 victory over Lindenwood.
Ethan Fugitt intercepts a Mason Bendigo pass during Pittsburg State’s 50-19 victory over Lindenwood.

Phil Scherer | Reporter
September 24, 2016; 10 p.m.

In their first home game in more than three weeks, the Lindenwood football team failed to execute in all three phases of the game, falling to Pittsburg State 50-19.

One of the main issues for the Lions in the game was turnovers. Starting quarterback Allen Thigpen threw an interception prior to being lifted for Mason Bendigo, who proceeded to throw two of his own.

In total, Bendigo, who played for the majority of the final three quarters, finished the game completing just nine of his 24 passes, although three of those went for long touchdowns.

Desean Warren was the standout offensive contributor for Lindenwood, catching four passes for 172 yards, and two touchdowns.

Lindenwood wide receiver Desean Warren catches a pass before running it into the endzone in the first half.
Lindenwood wide receiver Desean Warren catches a pass before running it into the end zone in the first half.

Despite his efforts, the Lindenwood defense was unable to slow down the Pittsburg State offense, which scorched the Lions for 526 offensive yards and five touchdowns.

Amid the defensive struggles for the team, however, star linebacker Connor Harris played another outstanding game. He finished with 17 total tackles, leaving him just one away from tying the all-division career NCAA record.

The current record is held by former Illinois State defender Boomer Grigsby, who finished with 550. Harris currently has 549. Barring an unexpected injury, Harris should break the record in next week;s game on the road against Fort Hays State.

With the loss, the Lions fall to 1-3 on the season, including three consecutive defeats.

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