Mesa rushing game enables 26-3 win over Pack

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - It was as plain as day that the Pack needed to shut down Mesa State tailback, Bobby Coy, the second leading rusher in the nation, to have a chance to pull out a win Saturday.  When Coy put up over 200 yards on the Pack defense, it was no surprise that the Pack was on the short end on the scoreboard, losing 26-3.

The ThunderWolves had a tough time stopping Coy and the Mavericks' run-heavy attack.  Behind Coy, the Mavericks accumulated 304 rushing yards, with 237 being turned in by Coy.  The ThunderWolves' defense won one battle - keeping Coy out of the end zone - as he came up raw in red zone attempts and didn't register a touchdown.

Meanwhile, Mesa State quarterback Phil Vigil dared the Pack defense just enough to keep them honest, putting together a good effort and not allowing the Pack to load eight and nine men in the box on every play.  Vigil connected on two touchdown passes, both to tight end Maurice Manley, coming through with a 13-for-27 effort, tossing one pick to Aaron Hernandez (Fr., Pueblo, Colo.).

The ThunderWolves did a good job of red zone defense, only allowing two touchdowns in seven red zone opportunities for the Mavericks.  But the back breaker was the 454 yards of total offense allowed by the defense, the second-highest offensive output for a Pack opponent this season.

The ThunderWolves' lone points were scored by a third quarter field goal by Kyle Major (Fr., Littleton, Colo.), who connected on a career-high 49-yard field goal, the third longest field goal in CSU-Pueblo history.  The longest kick in school history is a 55-yarder by Mitch Johnson.

The loss drops the ThunderWolves to 2-4 overall, and hands the Pack their fourth consecutive loss.  Mesa State, meanwhile, improves to 5-2 and is a perfect 5-0 in RMAC play.

The Pack will look to break its losing streak in a big way next Saturday night when it hosts New Mexico Highlands at the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl for the school's first homecoming in 24 years.  Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.