Mustangs Spoil Oredigger Homecoming, 54-28
GOLDEN – Visiting Western New Mexico held the Colorado School of Mines and its No.1 nationally-ranked offense to more than 200 yards below its season average in spoiling Homecoming with a 54-28 win on Saturday at Campbell Field in Golden.
Mines (3-2, 1-2 RMAC) entered the contest averaging 588 yards of offense per game, but the Mustang defense (3-2, 2-1 RMAC) held the Orediggers to just 387 in the game.
A pair of touchdown runs, one by Abe Macias and the other by John De La Rosa, put the visitors up 13-0 with 1:37 to play in the first quarter.
The Mustangs pushed their lead to 16-0 on a 41-yard field goal by Josh McInire with 10:31 to play in the second quarter.
Mines had trouble getting the offense going early so the squad used some trickery, and luck, to get on the board with 8:27 to play in the first quarter. Wide receiver Jerrod Doucet took a jet sweep handoff, turned and fired a perfect pass to quarterback Matt Brown who was streaking down the right sideline. Brown caught the pass, fumbled at the one yard line, and recovered it in the end zone for a 16-yard touchdown. Avery Llewellyn's kick would be good, trimming the WNMU lead to 16-7.
The Orediggers then turned a Jarrad McKay interception into points, when Brown capped off a seven-play, 70-yard drive with a six-yard touchdown pass to Cody Renken – trimming the lead to 16-14 with 1:18 to play in the half.
WNMU would need just 33 seconds to score on its ensuing drive after Mitch Glassman found Markis Sumpter for a 28-yard score to increase its lead to 23-14 with :46 to play in the half.
A 43-yard field goal by McIntire with 8:02 remaining in the third quarter put WNMU up 26-14, and a 62-yard score from Glassman to Donald Byrd pushed the lead even further at 33-14 with 5:36 to go in the quarter.
Abe Macias' second touchdown run of the game pushed the lead to 40-14 with 2:06 to go in the quarter and another connection from Glassman to Byrd with 35 seconds to go in the quarter pushed the lead to 47-14.
Doucet added his first receiving score of the game with 13:08 to play in the contest when he got free for a 12-yard touchdown from Brown which pushed the score to 47-21.
Doucet notched his second score of the contest with a five-yard touchdown reception, also from Brown, to move the score to 47-28 with 10:00 to go in the game.
WNMU would close out the scoring with a 21-yard touchdown from Glasmann to Brent Courtney to bring the score to its 54-28 final.
Brown finished 24-of-71 for 390 yards and three touchdowns through the air while adding a receiving touchdown for Mines' first score of the game. He was intercepted twice and sacked eight times for a loss of 57 yards.
Doucet and David Pawelek combined for 23 catches for 292 yards, with Pawelek leading in both catches (13) and yards (191). Doucet led the team with two scores through the air while adding 10 receptions and 101 receiving yards as well as a 16-yard passing touchdown to Brown.
Zack Newnam carried six times for 39 yards in the contest, marking his first start at tailback and the first carries of his career after spending the majority of his time at Mines as a fullback.
Chad McGraw led the defense with 13 tackles (five solo) while Tyler Denson, the team's leading tackler, added 11 of his own (six solo) and 0.5 tackle for loss.
Ian McFadded posted nine tackles while Ryan Wood, Kole Kadavy and Jarrad McKay added eight apiece.
Senior punter Taylor Accardi posted five punts for a total of 283 yards (56.6 average), including a season-long 81 yarder that was nearly downed at the one yard line. Llewellyn finished 4-for-4 on extra points and had four of his five kickoffs go for a touchback.
Mines will look to play Homecoming spoiler next weekend when it travels to face Fort Lewis for a 1 p.m. matchup in Durango, Colo.