Four second half turnovers prove costly in 24-21 nonconference road loss to WT

Four second half turnovers prove costly in 24-21 nonconference road loss to WT

CANYON, Texas (Sept. 9, 2017) - The No. 7 Colorado State University-Pueblo football team opened a 21-3 lead with a minute left in the first half, but four second half turnovers helped guide West Texas A&M University to 21 unanswered points in a 24-21 upset of the ThunderWolves. 

The ThunderWolves (1-1, 1-0 RMAC) fumbled for the second time in the half with six minutes left in the fourth. The turnover setup a six-play, 23-yard drive to the end zone for the Buffs to move the score to 21-21 with 2:51 remaining. On the first play of the Pack's ensuing drive, a second interception by WT gave the home team the ball in the red zone of the Pack. With zero timeouts, the Pack had to watch the clock tick down, as the final score came on a 28-yard field goal by the Buffs with four seconds left.

CSU-Pueblo scored three rushing touchdowns in the first half, all by sophomore Austin Micci (Colorado Springs, Colo.). He finished the game with 79 yards on 20 carries. His scores came from one-, two- and four-yards out. 

Junior Brandon Edwards (Bothell, Wash.) threw for 231 yards on 18-for-26 passing with two interceptions. His favorite target was sophomore tight end Morgan Smith (Aurora, Colo.), who totaled 78 yards. 

Junior linebacker Brandon Payer (Pine, Colo.) guided the Pack defense with 14 tackles (11 solo) and a sack. The ThunderWolves only allowed 223 yards on offense and forced WT to -2 yards passing in the first half. The ThunderWolves only allowed 90 yards passing and 133 yards on the ground. 

CSU-Pueblo totaled 310 yards of offense with only 79 on the ground. The Pack were 3-for-4 on third downs in the first half, but only 1-of-5 in the second. 

The ThunderWolves have now lost three straight to WT and are 3-4 all-time. 

Next up for the Pack is a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference contest at South Dakota School of Mines, Sept. 16 at 6 p.m.

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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University–Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.