Best served cold
Last season, Adams State University, Alamosa, Colorado, came back from a 16-point deficit to beat CSC. This year, was a different story.
With the first signs of winter in the air, CSC beat ASU for the Homecoming game, 73-26, Saturday at Elliott Field, not allowing the Grizzlies to score in the second half.
The Eagles moved to a record of 3-1, with the only loss to now ranked No. 8 Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction.
With a stifling defense, a clicking offense, and an incredible special teams performance, the Eagles held the high-powered aerial offense of ASU to 362 total yards, while racking up nearly 500 for themselves. Prior to the game, the Grizzlies were averaging more than 570 yards per game and 42 points.
The Eagles proved to be more balanced than ASU, recording 219 rushing yards compared to just 34 from the Grizzlies.
Derek Jackson, senior of Pueblo West, Colorado, led the rushing attack for CSC, gaining 167 yards and three touchdowns. Jackson averaged more than seven yards per carry, without losing a single yard on 22 attempts.
Redshirt freshman Dalton Holst, of Gillette, Wyoming, picked apart the Grizzly secondary for 223 yards and two touchdowns, and for the second week in a row, avoided an interception.
The CSC special teams unit added its own clips to the highlight reel with two blocked punts, and a kickoff return for a touchdown. Stevann Brown, redshirt sophomore of Casper, Wyoming, ran 95 yards on the kickoff return to score, and also returned one of the blocked punts for a touchdown. Brown earned RMAC Special Teams Player of Week.
Defensively, the Eagles brought the pressure, sacking quarterback Nick Rooney, junior of Minnetonka, Minnesota, five times, twice by Tyler Kiess, senior of Loveland, Colorado. Three other Eagles recorded solo sacks: Keenan Johnson, redshirt sophomore of Chadron; Mitch Collicott, senior of McCook; and Truett Box, senior of Cheyenne Wells, Colorado.
The schedule is not any easier this week.
The Eagles are on their longest trip of the year to Humboldt State University, Arcata, California, The Lumberjacks are ranked No. 19 in the American Football Coaches Association Poll, with a perfect 3-0 record.
The Jacks are averaging 50 points and 538 total yards per game. Last week the Jacks snuck by Western Oregon University, Monmuth, 49-48, in overtime. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. MST.