ThunderWolves clinch share of RMAC Championship, set sights on outright title next Saturday.
PUEBLO, Colo. (GoThunderWolves.com - Nov. 5, 2011) - The Neta & Eddie DeRose Thunderbowl have continued to be friendly to the No. 4 CSU-Pueblo football team Saturday as the ThunderWolves were again dominant, rolling to a 41-3 victory over Western State.
The win quietly gave the ThunderWolves at least a share of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship, its first RMAC title since 1980 and just the second in school history. However, nobody associated with the football program is acknowledging that fact, as sights are now turned toward the home regular season finale against Western New Mexico next weekend, where the Pack can win an outright title with a win.
Saturday, the ThunderWolves cruised, even without the usual suspects in the backfield. Coaches opted to limit starting tailback Jesse Lewis (Sr., Loveland, Colo.) and sat J.B. Mathews (Fr., Aurora, Colo.), instead giving the Pack stable of backs, led by senior Jamaal Johnson (Sr., Fountain, Colo.) to carry the load. The rushing game responded with a stellar 171-yard effort, the rock being carried by seven different runners, but the real story offensively was the passing game.
Led by Ross Dausin (Jr., San Antonio, Tex.) accounted for four touchdowns - three passing and one rushing - in the blowout win.
After a tight 3-3 start to the game, CSU-Pueblo took its first lead on Dausin's first touchdown throw, a 17-yard touchdown pass to Paul Browning (RFr., Colorado Springs, Colo.). Browning was able to work his way in front of the defender to make the catch just inside the pylon.
After the showing signs of life early on, the Mountaineer offense would run stale, leaving the door wide open for the ThunderWolves throughout the rest of the game.
Johnson, making his first start of the season, set up the second touchdown on a 20-yard rush to the Western State 7-yard line. Dausin would finish off the drive with a two-yard pass to Tyler Hamlin (Jr., Louisville, Colo.).
Dausin would strike again in the second quarter on a 64-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Marcial Williamson (Jr., Lakewood, Wash.). Williamson was able to get behind the Mountaineer coverage before Dausin hit him with a perfect strike.
On the long pass play, Dausin etched his name into the record books, surpassing current head coach, John Wristen, as the program's top passing yardage gainer.
To cap off his record-setting game, Dausin would add a rushing touchdown in the third quarter on a 13-yard run. The score put the ThunderWolves up 31-3, leaving the game in the hands of the defense, which responded with another trademark lights out performance.
The defense was dominant, holding the Mountaineers to 100 yards of offense. The run defense was especially tough, holding Western State to six yards on 31 attempts. Western State's only score was on a 52-yard field goal in the first quarter - just the third time all season the undefeated ThunderWolves had trailed in a game. The three points allowed in the game made for a grand total of just 16 points allowed at home over five games this season.
Johnson led the team on the ground rushing for 58 yards on 18 attempts as the Pack outgained the Mountaineers 468 to 100. The defense also added four sacks on the day to help the Pack cruise to the win.
The ThunderWolves will enter its final game of the season against a .500 Western New Mexico team, which will be gunning to upset the Pack's perfect season next Saturday. Kickoff of the game is at 2 p.m.