Defense stifles; C. McDondle eclipses 1,000 yards in 45-9 ThunderWolves Homecoming victory

PUEBLO, Colo. (October 10, 2015) – In a highly anticipated rematch from the 2014 season, the No. 7 Colorado State University-Pueblo football team took down the only opponent to beat them in last year's championship run, Fort Lewis College, 45-9 in a homecoming matchup, inside the Neta & Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl.

Game Changers


After allowing 162 yards of offense in the first half, the CSU-Pueblo defense only allowed the Skyhawks 59 yards of total offense in the second for 221 total yards in the game. In the first half, Fort Lewis accumulated 112 yards in the air and 50 on the ground, compared to the second, only giving up 31 yards passing and 28 yards rushing.

Ground Game

As a unit, the ThunderWolves ran for 311 yards and four touchdowns, with the majority of them coming in the first half, trouncing for 205 yards. The McDondle brothers combined for 266 of the 311, Cameron McDondle (Sr., RB, Littleton, Colo.) tallied 152 and two touchdowns on 22 carries, while younger brother Bernard McDondle (So., RB, Littleton, Colo.) earned 114 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries.

Game Flow

The ThunderWolves won the coin-toss and were ready to pounce. After B. McDondle returned the opening kickoff 17 yards to the 30 yard-line, the Pack went for the knockout punch early, as AJ Thompson (R-Fr., QB, Denver, Colo.) hit senior Kieren Duncan (WR., Goodyear, Ariz.) for a 70 yard catch and run touchdown pass on the first play from the line of scrimmage.

Fort Lewis responded with a 14-play drive that ate up 8:22 on the clock and resulted in a field goal to cut the deficit 7-3 with 6:13 remaining in the first quarter. CSU-Pueblo special teams committed two penalties on FLC punts during the drive to extend the drive, which was really the only negative to a complete game by the Pack.

The ThunderWolves reacted with another quick score that began a 21-0 run, as C. McDondle helped ignite the next score with a 58 yard gallop to setup B. McDondle for a 17 yard dash to seal the touchdown and push the lead to 14-3 with 5:33 to go in the first stanza.

From there the squads traded punts and went scoreless the rest of the first period, but in the second frame, the ThunderWolves capitalized twice on two rushing scores. First came from B. McDondle from 35 yards out, then the second came from C. McDondle for 22 yards to extend the advantage 28-3 with 58 seconds to go until intermission.

FLCU closed the half on a good note though, as receiver Jordan Gillen threw a 50 yard rainbow pass to fellow wideout Jordan Doyle for the score to trim the deficit 28-9 (missed extra point) going into the break.

Third quarter was no different, as the Pack out-tallied the Skyhawks 17-0. Greg O'Donnell (Sr., K, Monument, Colo.) joined the party with a 39 yard field-goal, then C. McDondle and Thompson (26-yard connection with sophomore tight end Zach Boyd (Fort Lupton, Colo.) added to their touchdown totals to come out of the third leg with a 45-9 advantage.

In the fourth quarter, the ThunderWolves defense held their ground and held the Skyhawks scoreless for the 45-9 win.

Game notes

  • C. McDondle's 152 rushing yards is the lowest he's ran for the entire season, but is the fourth contest this season he's carried for multiple touchdowns in a game. The Pack are 4-0 when he does so. Entering the match he need 73 yards to reach 1,000 yards on the year and with his performance is the fastest player in CSU-Pueblo history to the feat. He owns 1,079 yards this season and averages 179.8 yards per game with 13 rushing touchdowns.
  • B. McDondle's performance earned him his third 100 yard rushing game of the season. It was the second straight tilt he ran for two scores and third time this year both McDondle brothers ran for 100 or more yards in the same match. The ThunderWolves are 3-0 this season when the achievement is met.
  • The Pack have outscored their opponents 105-9 in their last two games, 56-0 against Adams State University last week and 45-9 against the Skyhawks Saturday.
  • Josh Croy (Jr., DE, Littleton, Colo.) earned a team-high seven tackles (6 solo) with two tackles for loss (-7 yards).
  • Without the squad's leader in sacks, Morgan Fox (Sr., DE, Fountain, Colo.), the ThunderWolves as a whole tallied three sacks for a loss of 17 yards. CSU-Pueblo entered the contest second nationally in the most sacks category. The Pack also totaled nine tackles for loss (-31 yards). The ThunderWolves were tied for seventh in tackles for loss nationally.
  • Senior wide receiver Kieren Duncan (Goodyear, Ariz.) totaled 137 all-purpose yards with 88 receiving yards on three receptions and 49 yards on three punt returns.
  • CSU-Pueblo converted 8-of-13 (62%) third down attempts, while the Skyhawks were 2-of-15 (13%).
  • Offense has reached 40 or more points in four of the six matches this season. On the flip side the ThunderWolves have allowed 10 or less points three times in 2015 and are 29-0 since 2008 when allowing 10 or less.
  • Second straight week the ThunderWolves have rushed for 311 yards or more, as they totaled 386 last week against Adams State.
  • The ThunderWolves improved to 8-0 in homecoming game since 2008 and are now 34-16 all-time versus Fort Lewis.

Up next

The ThunderWolves return to the road for a showdown with Chadron State College Saturday, Oct. 17 at noon. Then after the match with the Eagles, CSU-Pueblo returns home to take on No. 7 Colorado School of Mines Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. which will also air live on Comcast Entertainment Television.