CSU-Pueblo ThunderWolves Football: 3 keys for Week 3

The Colorado State University-Pueblo ThunderWolves fell to 18th in the nation this week after their devastating loss at West Texas A&M. The Pack stays on the road again in week 3 as they travel to take on the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology HardRockers. Can the CSU-Pueblo ThunderWolves rebound from last week? Here are three things to watch against the Rockers.

  1. ThunderWolves Run Game

Last week against the Buffalos of West Texas, the CSU-Pueblo ThunderWolves ran for a grand total of 79 yards on the ground. That is going to have to change this week against the Rockers. South Dakota Mines comes into the game ranked 34th in rush defense. If the Pack does not have their running game working it could be some tough sledding on that side of the ball Saturday night.

  1. Second-Half Defense

The defense of the ThunderWolves struggled in the second-half last week. Right after halftime, it looked as though they were going to continue their dominance. However, late in the third quarter, there was a change. I am not sure if it was from being on the field excessively or the A&M offense. Either way, it was not a good performance.

  1. Turnovers

The CSU-Pueblo ThunderWolves must do a better job protecting the football. After a turnover-free opener, the Pack gave the ball away four times last week. This allowed a far more inferior team to stay in the game in the second half.

A single turnover at any level of football is hard to overcome. However, when a team has multiple turnovers it makes it that much more difficult. Not only on the offense but the defense as well. They do not get the rest or adjustment time needed for key situations. The offense then has to press to make up or keep pace with the opponent.

The ThunderWolves sit tied for second in the RMAC. They go to South Dakota with an overall record of 1-1. They share the same conference record with SDSM&T. This game could go a long way for the CSU-Pueblo ThunderWolves and their RMAC Conference standing.

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Editor’s Note: Feature image courtesy of Bill Sabo/CSU-Pueblo Athletics.

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