Courtesy of Colorado School of Mines Athletics
GOLDEN, Colo. – Colorado School of Mines defeated Colorado State University – Pueblo by the score of 19-16 on Saturday afternoon, October 9th, in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) football action at Campbell Field.
The 25th-ranked ThunderWolves registered the lone score of the first half on a 32-yard field goal by Kyle Major midway through the opening period (9:10). CSM had a 34-yard field goal attempt blocked with 21 seconds remaining in the first half and CSU-Pueblo carried a 3-0 lead into the break.
Mines’ Blaine Sumner found the endzone on a three-yard run at 5:12 in the third quarter (kick blocked) to give the Orediggers their first lead of the contest at 6-3. With 11:49 left in the fourth quarter, CSU-Pueblo quarterback Ross Dausin plunged across the goal line on fourth-and-goal to give his team a four-point advantage (10-6).
CSM recaptured a two-point lead when Jerrod Doucet caught a 41-yard touchdown pass from Clay Garcia at the 5:55 mark in the final period (kick failed). However, Dausin connected with Koby Wittek on a 25-yard scoring pass with 3:40 left to play (pass failed) to give the ThunderWolves a four-point cushion.
On the 12th play of the Orediggers’ ensuing drive, Garcia misfired on a pass over the middle to Robbin Vinnola on a fourth-and-eight play from the CSU-Pueblo nine-yard line. The ThunderWolves, however, were flagged for being offside on the play and Mines was provided with a fourth-and-three opportunity from the CSU-Pueblo four-yard line. Garcia proceeded to hit Doucet in the endzone and the Orediggers took a 19-16 lead with 30 ticks left on the clock.
Major came up short on a 64-yard field goal attempt as time expired and CSU-Pueblo endured its first loss of the 2010 campaign.
Doucet finished with 11 catches for 141 yards and two scores while Garcia completed 38-of-61 passes for 396 yards and two touchdowns (two interceptions). Dan Palmer carried 16 times for 108 yards, Cody Renken caught 10 passes for 93 yards and Vinnola had nine receptions for 110 yards. Henry Kaetzer led the Orediggers (5-1 overall) with nine total tackles on an afternoon during which CSM enjoyed its annual Homecoming / Hall of Fame festivities. Reigning RMAC / Rawlings Defensive Player of the Week Josh Ruff had seven stops as Mines remained undefeated in conference play at 4-0.
Dausin (14-of-24) threw for 140 yards as CSU-Pueblo fell to 5-1 overall (3-1 RMAC). Dausin and Jesse Lewis rushed for 36 and 38 yards, respectively. The ThunderWolves’ Beldy Nseka led all players with 11 tackles (five solo) and Lee Meisner (2.0 tackles for a loss) had 10 stops.
The Orediggers will host Mesa State College on Saturday, October 16th, at 12:00 p.m. (MDT) at Campbell Field.