Strong first half lifts No. 9 Pack to 42-21 victory against Eagles

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CHADRON, NE. - CHADRON, NE. - The No. 9 Colorado State University-Pueblo football team raced out to a 29-0 halftime lead, en route to a 42-21 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference road rout of Chadron State College, Saturday.

The ThunderWolves moved to 2-0 overall and in RMAC play, both on the road, with the win. The offense totaled 421 yards with 295 yards on the ground (6.3 yards per carry). The Eagles (1-1, 1-1 RMAC) out-gained the Pack with 449 yards, 300 through the air.

Senior Austin Micci (Colorado Springs, Colo.) led the rushing game with 98 yards on nine attempts (10.9 ypc) and two touchdowns. Junior D.J. Penick (Evanston, Ill.) added 90 yards on 16 attempts and two scores of his own.

Sophomore Jordan Kitna (Dallas, Texas) threw his first touchdown pass as a member of the Pack, as he went 11-for-17 (64.7%) for 126 yards. Dionte Sykes (Sr., Chandler, Ariz.) and Max Fine (So., Gilbert, Ariz.) each brought down 53 yards receiving on three receptions, while Fine found the end zone for the first time in his career.

Senior James Maxie (OLB, Parker, Colo.) led the defense with seven tackles (five solo). Senior Kyle Rosenbrock (Brush, Colo.) added five tackles (four solo) with two tackles for loss (-3 yards). Four more players had four tackles.

Micci got scoring started with a four-yard touchdown in the first and the Pack led 6-0 after the first. Another Micci marker, this time from 19 yards out, gave the Pack a 13-0 lead and they never looked back.

Carter hit from 32 yards out to make it 19-0, then a pair of five-yard touchdowns gave the team a 23-point second quarter and a 29-0 lead at the half. Sophomore Marcus Lindsay (Aurora, Colo.) ran it in and Kitna hit Fine for both their career firsts.

The Pack fumbled the opening 2nd half kick and it allowed the Eagles an opportunity, which they capitalized on with a touchdown scoring drive to make the score 29-7. The ThunderWolves immediately responded with a 7-play, 81-yard drive to the end zone, capped by a 10-yard run by Penick.

CSC scored again in the third to make it 36-14, but another Penick score moved the Pack lead to 42-14. The Eagles found in the end zone in the final minutes of the contest to finish the game at 41-21.

The ThunderWolves will open the home season Sept. 21 by hosting No. 17 Colorado School of Mines. Game time for the RED OUT is set for 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.