The Colorado State University-Pueblo ThunderWolves reeled off their fourth victory of the season by defeating the Adams State Grizzlies 48-7 on Saturday in Alamosa.
For the second consecutive week, Kieren Duncan made a big play that set the stage for a decisive ThunderWolves victory.
With six minutes left in the first half, Duncan caught a pass from quarterback Chris Bonner and took it 83 yards for the score, making it a 17-7 game before the half.
That, of course, came after the ThunderWolves scored on the first play from scrimmage for the second time in three weeks, this time using their defense to get on the board.
After Adams State received the opening kickoff, junior defensive end Darius Allen forced a fumble in the end zone that was recovered by teammate Matt Tucker, the first score in what would eventually turn into a blowout by the visiting ThunderWolves.
Allen also tied a CSU-Pueblo record by recording four sacks in the game, and finished with eight total tackles to go with his forced fumble and handful of sacks.
The CSU-Pueblo defense continued to make momentum-halting plays throughout the game, including another forced fumble by cornerback C.J. Roberts, which ultimately led to a rushing touchdown by Chris Ashe.
Ashe and his counterpart in the backfield, Cameron McDondle, came on strong in the second half and finished with 174 combined yards on the ground, 126 by McDondle alone.
Adams State would go on to fumble the ball three times in the third quarter alone, allowing ThunderWolves’ quarterback Bonner and the rest of the high-powered offense to capitalize on short fields and momentum shifts to take a commanding 41-7 lead going into the final quarter.
Bonner finished with 204 yards and two touchdowns, giving him four consecutive games of at least 200 yards and two touchdowns to start the season.
The story of the ThunderWolves’ season continues to be the series of streaks they continue to stretch, including consecutive regular season wins (30) and consecutive victories against Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opponents (26).
However, the team is not becoming too comfortable.
Head coach John Wristen said in a press conference last Thursday that overconfidence is no issue with this team, as they prepare each week with consistent hard work and a mindset that all they have to do is go 1-0 for the week. The rest, Wristen believes, will take care of itself.
The ThunderWolves return to the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl on Saturday when Fort Lewis College comes to town for CSU-Pueblo homecoming. Game time is slated for 2 p.m.