McDondle and defense lift No. 4 ThunderWolves to seventh straight victory

McDondle and defense lift No. 4 ThunderWolves to seventh straight victory

SPEARFISH, S.D. (October 31, 2015) – It was business as usual for the No. 4 Colorado State University-Pueblo football team Saturday in a 42-10 road win at Black Hills State University. The ThunderWolves dominated the ground game and played stellar defense to move to 7-0 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play.

Senior running back Cameron McDondle (Littleton, Colo.) continued his more than exceptional ways with 248 rushing yards and three touchdowns. The performance marked his third 200-plus running game of the season and fifth time with three or more touchdowns. He carried the ball 30 times for an 8.3 yards per carry average. His touchdowns went for 71-,4- and 32-yards.

He entered the game leading the nation in both rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. McDondle now owns 1,783 yards and 22 rushing touchdowns in 2015. 

The Pack (8-1, 7-0 RMAC) defense was strong in the performance against the Yellow Jackets (0-9, 0-7 RMAC), as the ThunderWolves totaled three interceptions and held the home team to 210 yards (just 52 yards rushing). The BHSU point total marked the fifth time this season CSU-Pueblo has held its opponent to 10 points or less.

GAME CHANGER

The ThunderWolves only led 7-3 after the first and 14-3 at the half, but two touchdowns in the first four minutes and three scores in the first seven minutes of the third quarter vaulted the Pack to a comfortable 35-3 lead.

A BHSU on-side kick to start the second half gave CSU-Pueblo the ball at the Yellow Jacket 47 and four plays later McDondle busted one for 32 yards.

The next drive started on the Black Hills State 37 after the special teams and defensive units trapped the home team deep in its own territory. Four plays later redshirt-freshman quarterback AJ Thompson (Denver, Colo.) found senior wide receiver Kieren Duncan (Goodyear, Ariz.) for a 15-yard score.

A junior safety Joseph Jones (Fountain, Colo.) interception on the next BHSU possession gave the Pack the ball at the Yellow Jacket 47-yard-line. Five plays later junior running back Fradlet Dort (Lake Worth, Fla.) found the end zone from four yards out and the ThunderWolves were in the driver's seat with the 35-3 lead.

PACK LEADERS

• In addition to McDondle's efforts, Thompson was an efficient 10-for-15 (66.7%) for 165 yards and two touchdowns. Both scoring strikes were to Duncan, as he totaled two receptions for 60 yards.

• Four players on the Pack defense totaled six or more tackles. Redshirt-freshman linebacker Brandon Payer (Pine, Colo.) started his second straight game and totaled seven tackles (five solo) with 2.5 tackles for loss (-9 yards) and a forced fumble.

PACK POINTS

• The three interceptions move the Pack's total to 15 on the season. The ThunderWolves ranked 29th nationally entering the contest and are now 38-3 since 2008 went they force three or more turnovers.

• CSU-Pueblo is now 31-0 since 2008 when holding an opponent to 10 points or less. The Pack entered the game ranked eighth nationally in scoring defense (15.3 ppg).

• The ThunderWolves have now allowed 68.0 yards per game on the ground this season. CSU-Pueblo entered the game ranked third nationally in the category.

• Senior defensive end Morgan Fox (Fountain, Colo.) recorded the lone sack for the Pack, which marked his 12th of the season. He entered the game leading the nation in sacks per game (1.83).

• The ThunderWolves offense totaled 459 yards to mark the sixth straight game with 450 or more yards of total offense.

• The run game gathered 294 yards, just shy of its fifth straight game with 300-plus yards. The rushing offense ranked fourth nationally entering Saturday's game.

• CSU-Pueblo totaled just two penalties for 20 yards, which is the lowest total and yards total this season.

• The Pack have recorded scoring plays of 50 yards or more 14 times this season. 

NEXT UP

The ThunderWolves entertain No. 19 Colorado Mesa University Nov. 7 for Senior Day and Youth Football Day. The game is set to kickoff at 2 p.m. and air live on Comcast CET. The game could determine the 2015 RMAC Champion, as the Mavericks were 7-1 and 6-0 in RMAC play entering a home game today against No. 12 Colorado School of Mines (7-1, 5-1 RMAC).

Youth Football Teams interested in attending the game can fill out this form - http://www.gothunderwolves.com/information/Group_Admission.pdf

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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.