Story and photo courtesy of CSU-Pueblo Athletics
DURANGO, Colo. - In an offensively explosive game, Colorado State-Pueblo held off a feisty Fort Lewis squad Saturday, winning 50-21 in Durango.
Quarterback Ross Dausin (Sr., San Antonio, Texas) had one of the better days of any quarterback in school history, going 19-for-26 for 275 yards and five touchdown passes, a school record. He broke the record of four set by two former quarterbacks, one of which being Dausin's current head coach, John Wristen, back in 1983.
Dausin's target of choice was Josh Sandoval (Jr., Pueblo, Colo.), who had his finest collegiate game catching the football, securing five passes for 118 yards and two touchdown scores.
Despite the seeming blowout on the scoreboard, it was nothing but for the Pack, especially in the first half.
CSU-Pueblo jumped out to a 14-0 lead following touchdown receptions by Trent Thompson (So., Pueblo, Colo.) and J.B. Mathews (So., Aurora, Colo.), but the lead was cut in half on a curious turn of events.
A would-be turnover for the ThunderWolves in the second quarter was erased when, on the fumble return, Corey Orth (Sr., Buena Vista, Colo.) laid out Fort Lewis quarterback Tim Jenkins on the block. Orth was ejected from the game after the play, and the Skyhawks were awarded the ball back on a roughing the passer call. A play later, with new life, Fort Lewis scored and cut the lead to 14-7.
CSU-Pueblo took a 21-7 lead into halftime on another Mathews touchdown, this time on a 7-yard touchdown run.
In the second half, though, it was all Pack as the ThunderWolves took advantage of turnovers, including one directly on a 95-yard interception return for a score by C.J. Roberts (So., Boynton Beach, Fla.) as the ThunderWolves outscored the Skyhawks 29-14 in the second half.
Trying to play catchup, the Fort Lewis offense did air it out as Jenkins threw for over 500 yards passing, part of 570 yards turned in by the Skyhawks. The ThunderWolves kept things modest with just 415 yards of offense.
Now at 5-0, the third-ranked ThunderWolves face a very tough opponent in its homecoming battle next weekend when it hosts Chadron State at the Neta & Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl in a 2 p.m. kickoff.