PUEBLO, Colo. (September 26, 2015) – In an entertaining match between two Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opponents, the Colorado State University-Pueblo football team outlasted Western New Mexico University Saturday, 42-27.
The ThunderWolves used a defensive-oriented second half to stop the Mustang attack. After allowing 21 points in the second quarter, CSU-Pueblo's defense only allowed six points in the final two frames.
After both units went scoreless in the first stanza, both offenses unleashed 21 points on each other in the second quarter.
To begin the second frame, WNMU took the reins of the match first when Mitch Glasmann hit Xavier Ayers in stride for an 86 yard touchdown pass. In response, the ThunderWolves drove down the field for 70 yards and punched it in from five yards off a Bernard McDondle (So., RB, Littleton, Colo.) rush. The score was set up thanks to a 57 yard run from his brother, Cameron McDondle (Sr., RB, Littleton, Colo.).
From there the squads traded blows until intermission for an even 21-21 mark. The first four scores of the game consisted of 70 or more yard drives. The ThunderWolves first two scoring drives equaled 70 and 75 yards, respectively. For the Mustangs, theirs consisted of 87 and 80.
At halftime the ThunderWolves flipped the switch defensively and garnered a balance attack on both sides of the ball. To open the third frame, Kieren Duncan (Sr., WR, Goodyear, Ariz.) brought back the ensuing kickoff 47 yards and the ThunderWolves took the ball 53 yards down the field for a touchdown.
The Pack used another third quarter score to open a two touchdown lead and never looked back.
Defensively, CSU-Pueblo dug deep following halftime. Even though the Mustangs were able to move the ball at times in the second half, the ThunderWolves only allowed one touchdown in the third stanza, which came from another Glasmann touchdown pass. To cut the deficit 35-27. The touchdown pass for Glasmann was for history, as he earned his 100th of his collegiate career, a new RMAC career touchdown passes record.
The Mustangs continued to press the Pack, surpassing midfield multiple times, but the Pack didn't budge, as the special teams blocked a field goal in the third, and forced four turnover on downs in the final quarter. Finally in the fourth stage, the ThunderWolves topped the WNMU off with C. McDondle's third and final score of the contest.
- Deontrae Cooper (Sr., WR, Riverside, Calif.) surpassed 100 yards receiving for the first time in his career, going for 104 yards on four receptions, including a career-long 75 reception for a touchdown. His previous high was in 2013 against Adams State University when he tallied 96 yards.
- Senior C. McDondle galloped for a season-high 193 yards on 24 carries and reached the back of the endzone three times, tying a career-best and marking the second time this season he has reached the painted area.
- Morgan Fox (Sr., Fountain, Colo.) caused havoc on the line of scrimmage recording three sacks. It's the fourth outing he's recorded multiple sacks and second straight with three sacks.
- Joseph Jones (Jr., S, Fountain, Colo.) recorded a squad-best nine tackles.
- Wesley Bennett (Jr., TE, Longmont, Colo.) recorded two blocked field goals, well sort of. He blocked a field goal attempt in the third, but a defensive penalty negated his effort. No worries, he blocked the next attempt as well.
Pack Points of Interest
- The ThunderWolves allowed just 15 net rushing yards against the Mustangs, which is their best effort against the ground game since allowing nine to New Mexico Highlands Nov. 15, 2014.
- The Mustangs had been averaging 162.3 rushing yards per game. Marques Rodgers owned 144 yards per game on the ground. He totaled 47 on 16 carries (2.9 ypc).
- The Pack improve to 3-1 (2-0 RMAC)
- CSU-Pueblo is 17-6 all-time versus WNMU, 11-2 at home. The Pack have beaten the Mustangs seven straight contests.
- The victory marks the 25th straight regular season victory at home inside the Neta & Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl.
- Fox increased his NCAA Division II-best seven sacks to 10 Saturday with his third game this season with three quarterback takedowns.
- The ThunderWolves entered the game leading the nation in kickoff return yards with 45.6 yards per return, Saturday the Pack totaled two returns for 75 yards (37.5 ypr).
- McDondle came into the game third nationally and first in the RMAC in rushing yards (531 yards) and fourth with 177 rushing yards per game.
- The ThunderWolves have blocked three kicks this season and entered the game ranked 16th nationally in the category.
The ThunderWolves hit the road for just the second time this season Oct. 3 for a RMAC matchup at Adams State University. The game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start in Alamosa, Colorado.
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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.