DALLAS, Texas (GoThunderWolves.com - Sept. 14, 2013) - CSU-Pueblo junior wide receiver Paul Browning (Jr., Widefield, Colo.) has been a lifelong Cowboy fan.
And all week long, Browning knew that the opening play of the ThunderWolves' game with Angelo State at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, his football Mecca, was going to him.
And it was supposed to score.
"That was the plan all week long," Browning said of the opening play. "I thought the opening play would be a touchdown."
"It worked like we thought," CSU-Pueblo head coach John Wristen added with smile.
Chris Bonner (Jr., San Diego, Calif.) fired a 64-yard bomb on the first play from scrimmage straight into the hands of Browning, setting the stage for a Pack offensive explosion in a 45-24 win in the closing game of the 2013 Lone Star Conference Football Fesitval.
CSU-Pueblo used the opening play as a catalyst to mount a 21-0 lead by the second quarter.
The Pack's second touchdown came following a Brandon Kliesen (Sr., Pueblo, Colo.) punt that bounced off an Angelo State blocker, setting up a Chris Ashe (So., Widefield, Colo.) touchdown to put the Pack up 14-0. Another score to tight end Stehly Reden (So., Valley Center, Calif.) in the second quarter put the Pack in charge.
In the second half, Angelo State made a charge, though, cutting the lead to 21-17, headlined by a 78-yard touchdown run by quarterback Kyle Washington.
But the game got broke wide open by the special teams game as Josh Sandoval (Sr., Pueblo, Colo.) returned a punt 55 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter to put the Pack up 28-17. CSU-Pueblo would maintain a double-digit lead throughout.
"We jumped on them really quick [in the first half] and I was really concerned how [Angelo State] came out in the second half," Wristen said. "But we were able to respond with a big special teams play and it seemed like we got the momentum swinging our way."
The nail was put in the coffin in the fourth quarter as C.J. Roberts (Jr., Boynton Beach, Fla.) stripped the ball from Excelle Osbourne immediately following a reception, returning it 40 yards to the house to the Pack up 38-17 with 11 minutes remaining, eventually riding it to a 45-24 win.
"It was a great chance and opportunity [to play in AT&T Stadium]," Browning said. "It was wonderful and it feels good to get a win."
With the key win in a big stage under its belt, CSU-Pueblo will return home for its home opener next Saturday when it hosts Western New Mexico, opening Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play.