|Posted December 19, 2011|
Pack ranked ninth to finish season
ThunderWolves garner first Division II top ten final ranking in school history.
Related: AFCA Division II Final Coaches' Poll
WACO, Tex. (GoThunderWolves.com - Dec. 19, 2011) - CSU-Pueblo was ranked in the Division II top ten to finish the season for the first time in school history, ranked ninth in the land in the final American Football Coaches' Association poll released Monday.
Despite losing its second-round playoff game to last season's national champion, Minnesota-Duluth, by a 24-21 score, CSU-Pueblo, which entered the postseason ranked first in the nation, remained in the top ten in the final poll. CSU-Pueblo ended the season with a final record of 11-1, the best in school history.
Since forging the program and joining Division II in 2008, CSU-Pueblo had never finished a season ranked in the season-ending poll. In 2010, however, CSU-Pueblo did finish the season receiving 19 votes in the poll, in essence being the 31st-highest-ranked team in the country, in the final AFCA poll.
CSU-Pueblo's journey to improve upon 2011 begins in August when the Pack opens their season at home with a Thursday evening showdown with West Texas A&M, which finished 2011 ranked 25th in the nation, on Aug. 30. Season tickets are now available for just $45 and can be purchased by calling the CSU-Pueblo Ticket Office at (719) 549-2050.