PUEBLO, Colo. (September 10, 2016) – For the first time in 29 games, Colorado State University-Pueblo football tasted defeat in a regular season game at the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl. In their 100th game since the program restart in 2008, the ThunderWolves lost to West Texas A&M University, 26-10.
CSU-Pueblo fell to 0-2 for the first time since the program restart in 2008. The Pack had not lost at home during the regular season since Oct. 16, 2010, when University of Nebraska Kearney beat the Pack 38-24. Oddly enough that was also the last time the Pack suffered back-to-back losses.
Fradlet Dort (Sr., Houston, Texas) scored the Pack's lone touchdown on a five-yard scamper. Dort finished with 39 yards on the ground and had a nine-yard reception.
Junior Bernard McDondle (Littleton, Colo.) rushed for 139 yards on 19 attempts. He averaged 7.3 yards per carry. Off the bench Austin Micci (R-Fr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) averaged 7.4 yards per rush on his way to an eight carry, 59 yard evening.
Linebacker, Brandon Payer (Pine, Colo.) swarmed to the ball defensively. He finished with 14 tackles, 10 of them solo. Payer made three stops behind the line of scrimmage.
In the first quarter, the two teams traded 44-yard field goals. Freshman Nathan Taylor (Phoenix, Ariz.) knocked his first collegiate field goal through with 12 seconds left in the first.
The Buffaloes added a touchdown and a field goal in the second. West Texas scored two touchdowns in the third quarter.
Following the Buffaloes' third touchdown, the Pack blocked the extra point. This would be one of the ThunderWolves' two blocked kicks on special teams. The Pack also blocked a punt in the fourth quarter.
Down 26-3, the Pack engineered a 10-play, 71-yard drive that led to Dort's touchdown. Dort's score was the fifth of his career.
The Pack would not get any closer as the Buffaloes, beat CSU-Pueblo for the second consecutive season. The all-time series between the Pack and Buffaloes now stands tied at 3-3.
CSU-Pueblo will continue its three-game homestand next Saturday when it hosts South Dakota School of Mines at the Neta & Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl. The first-ever meeting between the Pack and the Hardrockers begins at 6 p.m.
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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.