ThunderWolves post second straight shutout in dominate 59-0 performance at BHSU

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SPEARFISH, S.D. The No. 12 Colorado State University-Pueblo football team ran to a dominant 59-0 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference road victory at Black Hills State University Saturday in Spearfish, South Dakota. The ThunderWolves recorded back-to-back shutouts for just the second time in the four-year era of the program's history.

CSU-Pueblo won its seventh straight game and improved to 9-1 overall and 8-1 in RMAC play. The ThunderWolves will close the regular season Nov. 10 at 12 p.m. at Western State Colorado University. With Colorado School of Mines losing at Dixie State University Saturday, the Pack will have an opportunity to at least share the 2018 RMAC title. A championship would be the eighth in the program's history and seventh in the last eight years. #BeGr8

The Pack totaled 659 yards of offense, while allowing just 108 to the Yellow Jackets (2-8, 2-8 RMAC). The road team compiled 485 rushing yards, as more than 10 players carried the ball for the second straight week. Two players rushed for more than 100 yards for the second time this season, as junior Austin Micci (Colorado Springs, Colo.) totaled 120 yards and a touchdown, while redshirt-freshman Marcus Lindsay (Littleton, Colo.) gathered 103 yards with a score. Micci led the team in receiving yards, as his one catch went for 55 yards.

The ThunderWolves defense established a program record by forcing BHSU to -11 yards rushing. The Yellow Jackets attempted just 14 carries. BHSU threw the ball 43 times and on six occasions it was a member of the Pack defense on the receiving end, as CSU-Pueblo tied a program record with six interceptions. Junior corner Emery Taylor (Aurora, Colo.) had two interceptions to increase his team-best total to six. Senior safety Jadon Garcia (San Jose, Calif.) had one, to total five on the year, and brought it 29 yards to the end zone for the team's second pick six on the year.

The Pack totaled 33 first downs, while allowing just eight. CSU-Pueblo was 6-for-12 (50%) on third downs, while allowing the Yellow Jackets to convert on just one of 14 attempts (7%).

Junior Kyle Rosenbrock (Brush, Colo.) led the ThunderWolves with eight tackles (two solo) with three tackles for loss (-4 yards). Corner Darius Williams (Sr., Gilbert, Ariz.) added five tackles (four solo) with a tackle for loss (-6 yards). Taylor posted four tackles (one solo), a half tackle for loss, the two picks (seven yards) and a pass break-up.

Sophomore Mitchell Carter (Colorado Springs, Colo.) totaled 11 points after going 8-for-8 on extra points and hitting a 31-yard field goal. Senior punter Tanner Cuda (Castle Pines, Colo.) totaled five punts for 208 yards (41.6 ypp) with a long of 56 yards and three inside the 20.

Game and Program Notables

For the second time in the four-year era (1963) the Pack posted back-to-back shutouts and for first since 1965 (W, 10-0 and T, 0-0)
659 total yards is most since the restart in 2008
Second time this season with 485 or more rushing yards (496 against Dixie State week 1)
-11 yards rushing is a program record, previous record was -4 rushing yards at New Mexico Highlands Nov. 9, 2013
Now seven times since 2008 the ThunderWolves have allowed 10 or less rushing yards
Six interceptions ties program record (at Adams State, Oct. 3, 2015)
The Pack have two picks for scores this season and 35 since 2008
Emery Taylor now has a team-high six interceptions on the season and has moved into a tie for second all-time at CSU-Pueblo with 16 career interceptions
Micci recorded his fourth 100-yard game of the season, first-career 100-yard game for Marcus Lindsay, second time this season two players with 100 yards - opening game against DSU, Micci (177) and Dennard (132)