Mines' Comeback Attempt Falls Short In 36-25 Loss To ASU
GOLDEN – Visiting Adams State limited the Colorado School of Mines to 330 yards of offense and held off a late Oredigger rally in securing a 36-25 victory at Campbell Field in Golden on Saturday afternoon.
Mines (6-4, 4-4 RMAC) was limited to a 25 percent third-down conversion rate (5-of-20) while Adams State (7-3, 5-3 RMAC) was able to finish 10-of-23 on third downs (43.4 percent).
Matt Brown finished 22-of-63 for 303 yards and two touchdowns on the day while adding a team-high 21 rushing yards for 324 yards of total offense.
Senior Jerrod Doucet hauled in seven receptions for 128 yards and a touchdown while Eric Shannon added 88 yards on seven catches and a score as well. WIth 60 receiving yards in the contest, senior tight end David Pawelek went over 1,000 receiving yards for the season with 1,007. He becomes the first Oredigger receiver to eclipse the 1,000-yard plateau since former high school teammate and current Mines classmate Cody Renken recorded 1,002 in 2010.
Billy Sprague led the defense with 14 tackles including a 0.5 tackle for loss, while Trevor Stubbs added 13 stops (six solo) and 2.0 tackles for a loss of 11 yards.
Ian McFadden, Chad McGraw, Kelly Zimmerman and Ryan Wood each recorded 12 stops with McGraw adding 3.0 tackles for loss and a forced fumble. McGraw entered the day as the national leader in the latter category and upped his total number of fumbles caused on the year to eight.
Junior Tyler Denson posted 11 tackles and a 13-yard interception return for a touchdown, while senior Henry Kaetzer increased his team lead in interceptions with his fourth of the season on Saturday in addition to recording 10 stops.
Taylor Accardi, the nation's leading punter, averaged 49.7 yards on 10 punts, including a long of 63. He also recorded two touchbacks and had two of his punts downed inside the ASU 20 yard line, including one that was downed at the one on a fantastic special teams play by Rylan Hess.
After a three-and-out on Mines' first drive, Accardi boomed a 57-yard punt to the ASU 15 yard line that was returned by Scott Kellogg for seven yards, setting ASU up on its own 22 yard line.
An ill-advised throw by Trevor Eggleston was intercepted by Kaetzer on the first play of the drive, setting Mines up at the ASU 10 yard line.
The Orediggers were not able to put the ball in the end zone, and were forced to settle for an Avery Llewellyn 25-yard field goal. The kick would be good, giving Mines a 3-0 lead with 12:21 to go in the first quarter.
ASU notched its first score of the game when Eggleston found Ron Gaudin for a 12-yard touchdown which put ASU up 7-3 with 7:06 remaining in the first before the Grizzlies added a 35-yard field goal with 4:08 to play in the quarter to go up 10-3.
Mines recorded its first touchdown of the game when Brown found Shannon for a 37-yard score with 1:57 to play in the quarter. Llewellyn's point after attempt would be no good, leaving ASU up 10-9.
The Orediggers added another score when Eggleston was intercepted for a second time deep in his own end of the field, this time the ball was returned for a 13-yard touchdown by Denson. The extra point would be no good again, leaving Mines up 15-10 with 7:48 to play in the first half.
Llewellyn added a 29-yard field goal with 35 seconds remaining to push the Mines' lead to 18-10, but ASU quickly answered in the form of Gaudin, who ran the ensuing kickoff back 100 yards for a touchdown. The Grizzlies' two-point attempt would be no good, leaving Mines up 18-16 at half.
ASU opened up the third quarter with a nine-yard touchdown from Eggleston to Gaudin, giving ASU a 23-18 lead.
David Van Voris added a 21-yard field goal to increase the ASU lead to 26-18 with 7:29 to play in the third quarter.
The Grizzlies went up 33-18 on a seven-yard touchdown run by Justin Kauffman with 5:26 to play in the third.
A 31-yard field goal by Van Voris with 11:52 remaining in the game increased the ASU lead to 36-18.
The two teams would trade possessions until the Orediggers added another touchdown, this time a 43-yard score from Brown to Doucet, to trim the ASU lead to 36-25 with 5:32 to play.
The Mines defense did its job on the next possession in forcing a punt, and the Orediggers marched 62 yards on 16 plays down to the ASU one yard line. Mines appeared to record another Brown-to-Doucet scoring toss that could have trimmed the ASU lead to three points with 1:02 remaining, but an offensive pass interference penalty negated the scoring toss.
The Orediggers would not be able to score on fourth-and-goal from the 10 yard line, and the score would hold final at 36-25.
Saturday's contest at Campbell Field was the final home game for seniors Doucet, Pawelek, Accardi, Kaetzer, Renken, Zack Newnam, Jarrad McKay, Sam Frazier, Dan Palmer, Iain Smith, Nate Behrends, Preston Linser, Justin Neal and Dan Moose.
The squad will close out the 2012 campaign with a road clash at Chadron State (8-2, 7-1 RMAC) on November 10 in Chadron, Neb.