Mesa State football team defensively controlling opponents

It was one of the best performances of the season for the Mesa State College football team.

The Mavericks (5-2, 5-0 RMAC) shut down the opposing team’s running game for the fourth consecutive week, didn’t allow a touchdown or a sack and finished in the black in turnover margin in a 26-3 victory Saturday over CSU-Pueblo at Stocker Stadium.

“We are starting to do things better,” Mesa State coach Joe Ramunno said. “We’re not blowing anybody out, but we’re controlling the game.”

The Mesa State defense didn’t allow a touchdown for the first time this season, limited CSU-Pueblo to a season-low 204 yards in total offense for the second consecutive week and forced two turnovers.

“We had a good game plan,” Mesa State linebacker Spencer McAdoo said. “They are going to be a good team. We knew they’d run a lot of quick outs. They’ll nickel and dime you. It can wear you down (on defense), but we came out and played well.”

Mesa State junior running back Bobby Coy carried the offense, rushing for a season-high 237 of the Mavericks’ 454 yards. That put him at 1,111 yards for the season and 3,672 yards for his career. He know stands 489 yards shy of Mike Vaughn’s school record 4,161 rushing yards.

“It’s nice to come to a school that the coach has a mindset to run the ball, and set up the pass off the run, but I’ll take less carries for more touchdowns any day for anyone,” Coy said.

The ThunderWolves, though, didn’t let Coy break loose for a touchdown, making Mesa State kicker
Jared Keating kick a school record four field goals.

“This was one of those games,” Coy said. “Sometimes you dominate in the red zone and sometimes you’re not going to be able to stick it in. It’s great to have a good kicker in Jared to put points on the board for us.”

Mesa State, though, doesn’t get much of an opportunity to enjoy its fifth consecutive victory because it plays again Thursday night on national television. The Mavericks host Western State (2-4, 2-3 RMAC) at 6 p.m. at Stocker Stadium. The game will be televised nationally on CBS College Sports Network (Digital Cable Channel 411).

Mesa State spent Sunday watching film and lifting weights. Today, the Mavs are crunching two days of practice into one.

Western State lost for the second consecutive week Saturday, falling 41-13 to the Colorado School of Mines.

Mines quarterback David Pesek completed 24 of 34 passes for 375 yards and two touchdowns and ran for three touchdowns. The Orediggers compiled 461 yards in total offense while limiting Western State to 297.

Mountaineers quarterback Cameron Merrill threw for 247 of the 297 yards of total offense and one touchdown. Wide receiver Shaun Suttorp caught a season-high 12 passes for 146 yards.

Western State senior running back Nathan Acrey, who was averaging 111 rushing yards a game, was held to 33 against Mines.


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