PUEBLO, Colo. (September 24, 2016) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo football team scored eight rushing touchdowns, while the defense posted a shutout for 59:52 of game clock to record a 61-6 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference victory against New Mexico Highlands, Saturday at the Neta & Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl.
The ThunderWolves (2-2, 2-1 RMAC) out-rushed the Cowboys (0-4, 0-3 RMAC) 246-52, while the eight rushing touchdowns marks the most since the Pack ousted NMHU 66-0, Oct. 30, 2010. CSU-Pueblo totaled 409 yards and averaged 6.7 yards per play. The Pack were 6-for-6 in red zone opportunities to improve to 12-of-13 (92.3%) this season.
The ThunderWolves defense has 13 times since 2008 allowed 50 yards or less. CSU-Pueblo just missed that mark, but allowed half of the 52 yards on one play (24 yards). The Pack created two turnovers and came up with an interception for touchdown for the second straight week. In a 26-point second quarter, sophomore Darius Williams (Gilbert, Ariz.) returned a picked pass 27 yards to the end zone. The defense also dominated third down and allowed the Cowboys to convert on just two of 14 attempts (14.3%).
The Pack totaled 164 yards off of kick returns, 124 from seven returned punts to average 17.7 yards per return. Senior Daniel Wise (Arlington, Texas) totaled 91 yards on five punts, which inlcuded an 80 yard return. On one kickoff he gathered 12 yards to compile 103 return yards. The ThunderWolves, who entered the game ranked 23rd nationally in fewest penalties with 15, committed just one infraction for 15 yards.
Redshirt-freshman running back Austin Micci (Colorado Springs, Colo.) rushed for 130 yards and two scores on 12 carries for a 10.8 yards per carry average. Senior Fradlet Dort (Houston, Texas) added 73 yards and three touchdowns. Junior David Cardinal (Denver, Colo.) posted 38 yards and two touchdowns to round out the three-back effort in the absence of junior Bernard McDondle (Littleton, Colo.).
In his second start, junior Rex Dausin (QB, San Antonio, Texas) threw for 148 yards on a 19-of-24 (79.2%) effort.
Redshirt-freshman Kyle Rosenbrock (LB, Brush, Colo.) led the team in tackles with eight (three solo) and added 1.5 tackles for loss (-14 yards), a sack (-13 yards) and a fumble recovery he returned 54 yards. Senior Sam Singleton (LB, Denver, Colo.) added seven tackles (three solo) with two tackles for loss (-4 yards).
The Pack combined for 11 tackles for loss (-49 yards), which included two sacks (-22 yards).
Two Dort scores in the first quarter gave the Pack a 14-0 lead. All three backs, Micci, Cardinal and Dort scored in the second quarter, while Williams added to the big quarter and the ThuderWolves led 40-0 at the half.
Micci scored early in the third for the only score of the frame. Sophomore AJ Thompson (QB, Denver, Colo.) got in on the scoring with a seven-yard run in the fourth, then Cardinal capped the scoring for the Pack.
The lone touchdown for Highlands came with just eight ticks left on a 14-yard pass play. The extra point was no good.
Next the ThunderWolves hit the road for four out of five games in October, as the Pack battle No. 18 and undefeated Colorado Mesa University, Oct. 1 at 1 p.m. in Grand Junction, Colo.
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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.