Chadron State was playing with a makeshift offensive line after losing starting left tackle Garrett Gilkey early Thursday afternoon when he had an emergency appendectomy. That procedure forced starting center Sean McGowan to slide to tackle, while redshirt freshman Sam Parker got the nod at center.
Then, following a first half where he threw for over 100 yards, quarterback Jonn McLain was knocked out of the game with a concussion. The Eagles came up short losing their season opener 31-24 to the University of Mary. Brandon Gorsuch threw for 230 yards and two touchdowns, Dominic Morris added 140 yards on 24 carries and Alex Ferdinand kicked three field goals that helped keep the Eagles in the game.
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