Cimolino climbs to third on Mesa’s rushing list

Making his first start since the season opener, Austin Kaiser threw for 140 yards and three touchdowns Saturday in Colorado Mesa’s 22-17 victory over Western New Mexico at Stocker Stadium.



It didn’t take long for Colorado Mesa running back Jake Cimolino to move up to third place on the school’s all-time rushing list.

The junior rushed for nine yards on his first carry Saturday against Western New Mexico to surpass Charles Dukes (2001-04).

“I’ve got to thank my linemen for blocking for me,” Cimolino said. “It’s more their record than mine. They have my back. I just run the ball. They open the holes. It feels real good.”

Cimolino rushed for 135 yards in the game and has 2,966 yards in his career at Colorado Mesa. Dukes is now fourth with 2,835.

Bobby Coy (2005-08) and Mike Vaughn (1987-90) are tied for first with 4,161.

PICKPOCKETS

The Mavericks’ defense picked off three Western New Mexico passes Saturday.

Mesa has intercepted at least one pass in four consecutive games and has 15 interceptions for the season. The Mavs entered the game tied for first in the nation with 12.

“It says a ton about Coach (Todd) Auer,” CMU head coach Russ Martin said. “I believe I’ve got the best defensive coordinator in the country. It’s also a standpoint our defensive players are understanding things. Even when we’re not getting sacks, their quarterback is throwing under duress.

“A year ago, we were playing to break passes up. We’re not playing to break passes up now. We’re playing to pick passes. Our guys are getting it done. It’s a tremendous tribute to our staff and our players, responding as they have.”

Junior defensive back Jordan Price picked off Western New Mexico quarterback Mitch Glasmann twice. The first one was in the end zone with 11 seconds left in the first half. The second came early in the fourth quarter with the Mustangs driving into scoring territory.

CMU senior cornerback Ryan Lendrum intercepted Glasmann late in the third quarter to set up a touchdown.

Glasmann threw more interceptions in the game — three — than he has all season —one.

BACK IN THE SADDLE

Redshirt freshman quarterback Aric Kaiser played his first game since he was injured on the second series of the season opener.

Kaiser completed 11 of 24 passes for 140 yards with three touchdowns. It was the first time a Mesa quarterback threw three touchdowns in a game since Sean McGraw did on Aug. 27, 2005.

TACKLING MACHINE

Senior middle linebacker Jake Edmiston had a career-best 23 tackles in the win. He finished five shy of the Mesa school record 28 set by B.J. Russell in 2004.

Edmiston has 89 tackles for the season, bringing his average up to 14.8 per game.

Daryl McKinnerny holds Mesa’s single-season record of 181 tackles, set in 1986.

FOURTH-QUARTER SHUTDOWN

Colorado Mesa’s defense gave up a fourth-quarter score for the first time in three weeks when Western New Mexico scored on a 15-yard touchdown pass.

It was only the second time an opponent has scored on the Mavs in the fourth quarter this season.

Mesa has outscored its opponents 41-13 in the fourth quarter through six games this season.


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