No. 20 CSU Pueblo ready for battle with No.11 Lions Saturday

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PUEBLO, Colo. The No. 20 Colorado State University-Pueblo football team welcomes No. 11 Texas A&M-University-Commerce Saturday, Sept. 28 in a regional showdown at the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl. The contest is set to kick at 6 p.m. A fireworks display will follow the game.

The Pack fell to No. 16 in the D2Football.com poll and No. 20 in the AFCA after the loss to Mines. Texas A&M-Commerce ranks No. 11 in both polls.

CSU-Pueblo owns a 18-9 (11-5 at home) record versus ranked opponents (Division II) since 2011.

The ThunderWolves and Lions met for the first time last season in Commerce, Texas. In a rainy battle, CSU-Pueblo defeated then-No. 1 A&M-Commerce 23-13. The home team opened a 10-0 lead in the first quarter, but two Mitchell Carter field goals in the second quarter moved the halftime score to 10-6. A 12-yard touchdown run by Austin Micci following the Pack recovering the second of four Lion fumbles in the game, gave the Pack a 13-10 lead. Another Carter field goal in the third handed the Pack a 16-10 lead. In the early fourth, TAMUC kicked a field goal and the score moved to 16-13. Marcus Lindsay found the end zone with 8:14 left in regulation to give the Pack a 23-13 lead and that is where it would stay.

The Pack ran for 215 yards and limited the Lions to 40 yards rushing. CSU-Pueblo totaled five turnovers (four fumble recoveries and one interception) and 9.0 tackles for loss (two sacks). Of returning players, Micci had 69 rushing yards and DE Jackson Wibbels totaled eight tackles (2.5 TFL).

Kick-off Saturday is set for 6 o'clock at the Thunderbowl.