CSU-Pueblo ThunderWolves Football: The Pack control the RMAC
When the Colorado State University-Pueblo ThunderWolves started practice last week, all they heard was how good their opponent was. The opponent was the eighth-ranked Colorado Mesa University Mavericks. The winner would be in the driver’s seat for the RMAC Championship. After a 30-24 victory, that is exactly where the CSU-Pueblo ThunderWolves are. Sitting in first place in the RMAC.
This classic battle of powerhouses started out like you thought it might. Both teams went back and forth with a scoreless first quarter. This played right into where the ThunderWolves wanted to be. One of our keys going into the game was to keep the game close early.
The CSU-Pueblo ThunderWolves did just that. They kept the game close. In fact, this game was close the whole way through. The score at halftime was 13-10 and after three CMU had the lead 24-20.
In the fourth quarter, the Pack began to take over. The offensive line began to show its size. The defense of the CSU-Pueblo ThunderWolves was able to slow down the fast-paced offense that CMU brought in. Together, they were able to dominate the fourth quarter.
Another of our keys was Senior QB, Rex Dausin. Although he struggled early, he was able to keep the Mavs off-balance with his arm in the second-half. He stepped up with his leadership when it counted the most. Leading the CSU-Pueblo ThunderWolves offense on a 9 play, 41-yard drive late in the fourth that was capped off with an 18-yard Mitchell Carter FG. This gave the Pack a 6 point lead with 3:14 left in the game. Dausin would finish the game completing 62% of his passes for 306 yards.
The CSU-Pueblo ThunderWolves defense played hard all day. They kept the 13th ranked offense of CMU at bay. The Pack allowed just 343 total yards to a team that was averaging nearly 500 yards per game. A team like CMU is going to get their chances, but the Pack defense limited those chances all throughout.
The victory moves CSU-Pueblo up to #14 in the AFCA Coaches Poll.
CSU-Pueblo ThunderWolves Leaders
Rex Dausin – 26-42, 306 Yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Marché Dennard – 22 Carries, 106 yards, 2 TDs
Zach Boyd – 3 Rec, 68 yards
Brandon Payer – 11 Tackles, 8 Solo, 3 Assists
Up next for the CSU-Pueblo ThunderWolves is a home conference game against the Adams State Grizzlies. The game is at 6 pm on Saturday, October 7.
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