The Colorado State University-Pueblo ThunderWolves scored a season high 49 points in a 49-7 blowout win over the Black Hills State Yellow Jackets.
From the opening kickoff, the ThunderWolves pounced on the Yellow Jackets. The defense forced a three and out; then the offense came out and struck in a hurry. In the Pack’s very first offensive play, Chris Bonner hit wide receiver Daniel Wise for a 57 yard touchdown pass, making it an early 7-0.
On the next offensive possession for the Yellow Jackets, running back Phydell Paris fumbled on third down, and CSU-Pueblo took over at midfield.
On this drive, a combination of players helped the ThunderWolves across the goal line.
After two penalties, running back Cameron McDondle made his presence felt by breaking free for a 29 yard run inside BHSU’s 30 yard line.
Bonner capped the drive off with an 18 yard pass to Khalyph Smith, and then a three yard touchdown pass to Zach Boyd. Bonner would finish with four touchdowns, 285 yards, and 85 percent of his passes complete.
The Yellow Jackets responded with their first and only touchdown of the game, going 74 yards on nine plays, with Trent Butler running the ball in from 2 yards out to make it a one score game.
From that point, CSU-Pueblo didn’t look back.
The Pack would go on to score five more times. Jarred Radebaugh caught two touchdown passes from Bonner; wide receiver Kieren Duncan took one from the backfield 8 yards out and ran it in. ThunderWolf Marche Dennard scored on a 1 yard touchdown run to make it 42-7, and the final touchdown came from cornerback Stephan Dickens, who returned a punt 73 yards for a touchdown.
After the game, head coach John Wristen said, “I’ve never seen anything like that in a game before.”
CSU-Pueblo’s offense will get all of the glory, but their defense was causing havoc the entire game, forcing four turnovers and setting up the offense with good field position.
The 42 point victory marks the third straight win for the ThunderWolves and the largest margin of victory for them this season.
Next, CSU-Pueblo travels to Grand Junction to take on the 5-4 Colorado Mesa Mavericks who are coming off a 37-23 loss to Colorado School of Mines. Then they will return home to finish the regular season against New Mexico Highlands Nov. 15 in the ThunderBowl.