Story and photo courtesy of Colorado State-Pueblo
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - CSU-Pueblo turned in a dominant performance on both sides of the ball Saturday, ravaging Colorado Mesa 48-10 in Grand Junction to move to 9-0 and maintain its #1 ranking for a third straight week.
CSU-Pueblo used two Mesa turnovers and consistently solid field position all night long to stymie the Mavericks. After starting slow and leading only 7-3 after one quarter, CSU-Pueblo piled it on by scoring 20 second quarter points to take a 27-3 lead into halftime that Mesa simply couldn't match.
The offense was running on all cylinders, thanks in large part to a complete return of the Pack rushing corps, including one of the national leaders in rushing, sophomore J.B. Mathews (So., Aurora, Colo.). Despite only gaining 99 yards in the blowout, which is below his season average of nearly 150 yards per game, he scored two touchdowns in the first half as the ThunderWolves' rushing game logged 252 yards as a unit.
The Pack's remarkable balanced offensive attack was on full display as the ThunderWolves passed for 257 yards, which including a 16-for-23, 202-yard performance from Ross Dausin (Sr., San Antonio, Texas) and the first touchdown pass for backup Troy Graham (Sr., Chandler, Ariz.). Additionally, Dausin eclipsed the season record for completions in a season during the win, adding to his laundry list of single season records already set this year, which includes passing yardage, touchdown passes, total touchdowns and total offense.
The dominant win marked a new standard of excellence for the ThunderWolves in the 35-game history of the series, matching the biggest blowout win by CSU-Pueblo ever over Mesa. In 1979, the ThunderWolves posted an identical 48-10 win over the Mavericks.
Now at 9-0, CSU-Pueblo will likely hold on to its number-one national ranking for another week. It can clinch at least a share of the RMAC title next weekend when it hosts New Mexico Highlands in the ThunderWolves' final regular season home game.