Mesa State 21, CSU-Pueblo 13
The Pack was within shooting distance in the 4th quarter vs. Mesa State, but couldn't convert a game-tying drive late in the game, falling to the Mavericks 21-13.
A would-be game-tying touchdown came with 2:50 remaining in the fourth quarter when Colin Clancy (Sr., Longmont, Colo.) fired a strike to Demetrius Gilmore (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) on fourth down, only to have the play nullified due to Clancy being beyond the line of scrimmage. The result was a turnover on downs.
The Pack got another opportunity after they regained possession with 2:05 remaining, but Clancy threw an interception to Adam Silverthorn, ending the Pack's dreams of a rally.
The game was defined by Mesa State's control of the line of scrimmage. The Mavericks accumulated 196 rushing yards, 138 coming from tailback Will Halboth, while protecting quarterback Michael Mankoff well, not allowing a single sack to the ThunderWolves.
The Pack was no slouch in the running game, either, rumbling for 155 rushing yards as both Jesse Lewis (So., Loveland, Colo.) and Johnny Wood (So., Canon City, Colo.) each turned in career highs in rushing yardage. Lewis had his first 100-yard game, gaining 106 yards on 14 carries, while Wood ran the ball nine times for 42 yards.
The ThunderWolves' loss marks their third in as many games, and dips their record to 3-4 overall and 2-3 in RMAC play. CSU-Pueblo will travel to winless New Mexico Highlands next weekend to take on the Cowboys.