PUEBLO, Colo. (September 19, 2015) – After falling last week to West Texas A&M University, the No. 13 Colorado State University-Pueblo football team responded with a 20-10 win versus visiting Western State Colorado University in its first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference dance of the season.
The ThunderWolves used a heavy rushing attack to take down the Mountaineers, as the Pack rushed for 295 yards. It's the second time they've ran for 295 or more yards this season, the first came against Central Washington University in the season opener when they ran for 298 yards.
CSU-Pueblo took control of the game from the get-go, as they scored on its opening offensive drive after forcing a Mountaineer punt. On their first offensive possession of the game, the ThunderWolves marched down the field and punched it in off of redshirt freshman A.J. Thompson's (QB, Denver, Colo.) seven-yard run.
From there the Pack added two field goals to take a 13-0 lead into the break against the Mountaineers.
Western State went scoreless until the final minute of the third when Ryan Winke nailed a 32-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 13-3. The squads went on to trade scores for the final 20-10 from the Neta & Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl.
The ThunderWolves defense held the Mountaineers to 244 yards of total offense. It marks the lowest opponent total yards of the young season. Versus West Texas A&M and Central Washington, they allowed 290 and 271, respectively.
The Pack also took care of the football with just one turnover. Last week the ThunderWolves gifted the ball to WT on six occasions.
- Cameron McDondle (Sr., RB, Littleton, Colo.) - McDondle led the ThunderWolves 189 yards rushing and one touchdown on 30 carries (6.3 yards per carry). On the night totaled 264 yards from the line of scrimmage, as he added a reception for 75 yards.
- In his first career start, AJ Thompson (R-Fr., QB, Denver, Colo.) threw for 169 yards on 11-for-18 attempts (61.1%). Thompson also helped out on the ground, carrying the ball 12 times for 56 yards and a touchdown.
- The Pack offensive line guided the ThunderWolves to 295 yards rushing and only allowed one sack to the young QB.
- Morgan Fox (Sr., DE, Fountain Colo.) recorded three sacks for a total loss of 21 yards, which marked his third multiple sack contest of the season, as he recorded two in each match this season. He entered the game tied for second nationally in sacks and tackles for loss.
- Kevin Cuff (Sr., LB, San Diego, Calif.) led the ThunderWolves in total tackles with 11 (8 solo) and added a sack. The 11 tackles tied a career-high he set in his first collegiate game Aug. 30, 2012 versus West Texas.
Pack Points of Interest
- With his 188 yards on the ground, it marks the 22nd time of McDondle's career he's rushed over the century mark.
- The ThunderWolves defense held the Mountaineers to 51 yards of total offense and four first downs in the first half (14 yards rushing).
- The win marked the 70th for Head Coach John Wristen at CSU-Pueblo. He owns a 70-17 (.805) record with the ThunderWolves.
- The ThunderWolves are 14-9 all-time versus the Mountaineers.
- First game of the season the Pack didn't have a defensive turnover.
- The Pack are now 27-0 since 2008 when holding their opponent to 10 points or less.
- The Pack are 8-0 in RMAC openers since 2008.
- The ThunderWolves have won 24 straight regular season home games dating back to a 66-0 win against New Mexico Highlands Oct. 30, 2010. CSU-Pueblo is 36-9 all-time at the ThunderBowl.
ThunderWolves host Western New Mexico University Saturday at 2 p.m. when the Pack celebrate its annual Military Day at the Neta & Eddie Derose ThunderBowl.
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.