COLORADO MESA FOOTBALL PREVIEW
Colorado Mesa (1-1) at No. 21 Chadron State (1-1)
Kickoff: Noon, Saturday, Don Beebe Stadium, Chadron, Neb.
On the Air: 1230-AM (KEXO).
Internet: Visit http://www.cmumavericks.com for live stats and streaming video.
Montana State, ranked third in the Football Championship Series, shut out the Mavs 26-0.
No. 4 West Texas A&M rallied from a 24-3 deficit to defeat Chadron State 34-31 at Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Chadron State leads the all-time series 17-5 dating back to 1991. The last Mesa win over the Eagles was 21-14 in Chadron in 2003.
About Chadron State
■ Four Colorado Mesa assistant coaches previously were assistants with Chadron State. Defensive coordinator Todd Auer, who was Chadron’s defensive coordinator for 17 years, will make his first appearance at Chadron since leaving in 2012.
■ Senior running back Glen Clinton leads the RMAC with 141.5 rushing yards per game and four touchdowns. He is third on Chadron’s all-time rushing list with 3,421 yards.
■ Junior cornerback Lane Haller is third in the RMAC with 11.5 tackles per game.
■ All-America safety Trelan Taylor is suspended for the first six games of the season for an NCAA violation. He led the Eagles with eight interceptions last year.
■ Quarterback Jonn McLain has completed 65 of 98 passes for 563 yards and three touchdowns in two games this season. He threw for 324 yards and four touchdowns in a 41-30 victory over the Mavericks last season at Stocker Stadium.
About Colorado Mesa
■ Redshirt freshman quarterback Kyle Duran will make his second career start after leaving last week’s game with back spasms. He has completed 44 percent of his passes for 183 yards with two interceptions this season.
■ Colorado Mesa ranks second in the RMAC in scoring defense (13 points per game) and third in fewest yards allowed (303.5).
■ Jake Cimolino is third in the RMAC, averaging 106 rushing yards per game. The junior ranks fourth all-time in career rushing yards at CMU With 2,551. He needs 275 to move into third place.
■ Senior linebacker Jake Edmiston is second in the RMAC, averaging 13 tackles per game.
■ Defensive end Will Harvey (hernia) is doubtful. Left guard Mitch Wehrli (concussion), quarterback Aric Kaiser (knee) and wide receiver Nate Neville (hamstring) are out.
Coach Russ Martin says
■ About Mesa’s improvement from Week 1 to Week 2: “We’ve made a ton (of improvement) on the defensive side. The way we tackled, the way we attacked things. To hold a Division I team that’s rushing for 235 yards a game to less than 100 yards is a phenomenal defensive effort. That is a great stride for our guys. I thought our special teams stepped it up. Even offensively, I think we made some strides, but it doesn’t necessarily show in the same way. I think it will show even more this week on how we continued.”
■ About the Mavericks: “Our players know this team can be a very good football team, capable of being the team that can compete for a conference championship. Every one of them has the confidence we can win this football game. They know we have to take care of the football, play fundamental football.”
■ About Chadron State: “Chadron has already been in a couple tough games this year. They won their first one in overtime. They were ahead of West Texas (A&M) on national television and lost by three. You’re talking about a team and a program that’s been very strong.”
■ About Chadron RB Glen Clinton: “He is an outstanding running back. He’s been a very good running back for them. He is an explosive young man. He is elusive. He can break tackles. He can make you miss tackles. He’s a very good running back. He is very similar to Jake Cimolino. I think those two are two of the best backs in the conference.”
■ About Chadron LB Shea Koch: “Shea Koch is a good football player. He does a lot of things for them.”
■ About the similarities between Mesa and Chadron’s defenses: “Defensively, they are very similar. Coach (Jeff) Larson basically helped coach Auer. The stuff he knows and learned, he learned from Coach Auer.”
■ About the importance of the Chadron game: “This week is a great measuring of where we are at. Chadron was picked second in the league behind Pueblo. On paper, Chadron is always going to be one of the top two or three teams in the conference. They are a powerful team and competes well nationally. This is a game you look forward to as a coach. They are well-coached and play well. This is why you coach: to play games against good teams.”