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Gossard Becomes PCC Football All-Time Coaching Wins Leader, Lancers Now 4-0

Gossard Becomes PCC Football All-Time Coaching Wins Leader, Lancers Now 4-0 image

For 76 years, R. Frank Baker stood at the top of the wins list for Pasadena City College football coaches. But on Saturday night, a new leader emerged in current head coach Dennis Gossard, who directed his school record-setting 53rd victory as the Lancers downed College of the Desert, 34-14. The historic game was played before a home crowd that included the Gossard family as they celebrated the achievement at Robinson Stadium.

PCC offensive coordinator Shandon Silva and defensive coordinator Seth Morris presented Gossard with the game ball as the announcement was made to the fans following the triumph.

Gossard has been a fixture at the college, coaching the sport for 32 years, but only his 10th season as a head coach. He had originally been the man in charge from 1987-1994 and in 2005 before taking over in an interim role right before the start of the 2010 season. A full-time instructor in the Kinesiology, Health & Athletics Division, he began at PCC as an assistant coach in 1979.

Now, Gossard's Lancers are undefeated at 4-0 and ranked No. 5 in the state regional poll. Desert fell to 1-3.

"I think the record is more about longevity than it is about just winning," Gossard said of the achievement. "I never thought I'd even have the chance to do it. But it's been a wonderful ride here at PCC. I'm proud of all the players and coaches I've guided and worked with over the years, and I salute them for helping me get this far. The most important thing is we're 4-0 and we have a chance to battle against some great teams in the National Southern Conference."

The Lancers received big performances from sophomore wide receiver/returner Reuben Thomas III and freshman quarterback Nick Owens in defeating the Roadunners. 

Thomas, the team's scoring leader last season, but without a touchdown coming into the contest, put on a clinic with three TDs. The speedy Thomas returned a punt 80 yards for a score in the first quarter, then hauled in a 19-yard end zone reception from Owens 1:11 into the second period to give PCC a 14-7 lead. 

A few minutes later, Owens threw a bomb down the sideline where Thomas made a spectacular one-hand grab and finished off a 67-yard touchdown pass. Thomas totaled 194 all-purpose yards, including five catches for 114 yards. 

Owens completed 18 of 30 passes for 334 yards and three touchdowns. His 27-yard TD pass to letterman receiver Devance Harris with 7:03 left in the third quarter ended the night for the left-handed throwing passer. Owens became just the 13th quarterback in PCC history to pass for more than 300 yards in a game. 

Pasadena dominated in total offense, outgaining COD, 489-270 in yards and a 26-13 advantage in first downs.

Running back Telvin McMillian led PCC's ground game again with 65 yards in 13 carries, including a 9-yard TD run with 17 seconds left before halftime. Kicker John Ghilarducci's second extra point upped the Lancers lead to 28-7 after two quarters.

Defensively, sophomore linebacker Cordell Robinson contributed a team-high eight tackles and one of PCC's four quarterback sacks. Safety Omar Smith intercepted a pass and broke up two others while tackle Kealii Latuselu also snagged an interception. 

Harris added 125 all-purpose yards on five receptions for 78 yards and 47 through two kick returns. Frosh running back Danny Robinson (Pasadena High) tallied 42 yards rushing in eight carries, two catches for 23 yards, and he ran in a two-point conversion run following PCC's second touchdown.

Pasadena hopes to keep its undefeated season alive next Saturday, October 2 when it hosts Ventura College in the team's final non-conference game. Kickoff is 6 p.m. at Robinson Stadium.

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PCC Football Head Coaches, Years, Victories

1. Dennis Gossard, 10 seasons, 1987-1994, 2005, Present, 53 wins
2. R. Frank Baker, 9 seasons, 1926-1934, 52 wins
3. Tom Mallory, 8 seasons, 1937-1941, 1946-1948, 50 wins

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[Photo--Dennis Gossard (center, white shirt) addresses the team following reaching his 53rd career coaching victory Saturday night in PCC's 34-14 win over College of the Desert, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 09/25/10
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu