Mavericks hoping to make most of opportunities at CSU-Pueblo
Colorado Mesa UNIVERSITY vs. NO. 8 COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY-Pueblo
Saturday, 6 p.m., ThunderBowl
Radio: 1230-AM (KEXO), 99.9-FM (KEKB) RECORDS: CMU 2-5, 1-4 RMAC; CSUP 7-0, 5-0 RMAC
LAST WEEK: Mesa lost to Colorado Mines 28-20; CSU-Pueblo defeated Neb.-Kearney 27-14 HISTORY: CMU leads series 17-11-5. CSU-Pueblo defeated Mesa 26-14 last season.
CMU PLAYERS TO WATCH: Steve Romero, QB, 52-93-560, 1 TD, 4 interceptions.; Jake Cimolino, RB, 131 rushes, 653 yards, 3 TDs; Connor Wright, DE, 69 tackles, 19.5 for a loss, 10 sacks; Trent deBraga, FS, 63 tackles, 3 INTs.
CSU-PUEBLO PLAYERS TO WATCH: Jesse Lewis, RB, 120 rushes, 626 yards, 5 TDs; J.B. Mathews, RB, 78 rushes, 422 yards, 6 TDs; Lee Meisner, LB, 50 tackles, 4 interceptions; Stephan Dickens, CB, 42 tackles, 4 INTs.
GAME NOTES: Colorado Mesa lost starting outside linebacker Jake Edmiston to season-ending hand and knee injuries in the Mavericks’ loss to Colorado Mines last week. Cornerback Carter Janicki injured his right knee and is doubtful. Free safety Trent deBraga sustained a concussion and is a game-day decision. ... Colorado Mesa coach Joe Ramunno said the Mavs emphasized taking advantage of opportunities this week. “It’s something we talked about as a team. It’s important to put four quarters together. We didn’t score points when we should’ve.” ... CSU-Pueblo is 10th in the nation in run defense, limiting opponents to 87 yards per game and second in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 11.9 points per game. Kearney, third in the nation in rushing, rushed for 192 yards against the ThunderWolves last week without its top back. ... The ThunderWolves average 371 yards in total offense, including 195 on the ground. CSU-Pueblo running back Jesse Lewis made the Don Hansen Football Gazette Division II All-American team last season. “Their offensive line is tough. Their quarterback is a big guy and manages the game well. Their defensive coordinator has done a great job. They are physical, tough and get to the football.”