School of Mines battling for first place in conference

Football team facing off against CSU Pueblo Saturday

Mines Athletics
Posted 11/9/21

The Colorado School of Mines heads on the road for the final time in the regular season to visit CSU Pueblo in a battle of two of the three teams tied for first place in the RMAC. This week’s …

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School of Mines battling for first place in conference

Football team facing off against CSU Pueblo Saturday

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The Colorado School of Mines heads on the road for the final time in the regular season to visit CSU Pueblo in a battle of two of the three teams tied for first place in the RMAC.

This week’s game will stream live on the RMAC Network, which can be seen at minesathetics.com/tv or rmacnetwork.com or on the the RMAC Network app.

The game could mark Mines Head Coach Gregg Brandon’s 100th career win.

Mines takes top ranking spot

The Orediggers flipped spots with Augustana in this week’s NCAA regional rankings, taking over the #1 ranking in Super Region 4. The regional rankings determine NCAA Championship qualification at seasons’ end, and the #1 seed earns a first-round bye. In the national polls, Mines moved up one spot to #13 in this week’s AFCA coaches’ poll and stayed at #12 in the D2football.com media poll.Mines has remained nationally ranked in every poll from both outlets this season. Around the RMAC, Western Colorado moved up to #18/#20 and #6 in the regional rankings, while Colorado Mesa and CSU Pueblo are receiving votes in the AFCA poll with Mesa #9 in the NCAA RR.

Conference fight for #1

With two games left, three teams have one loss in the RMAC as Western Colorado is 7-1 and Mines and CSU Pueblo are 6-1. Colorado Mesa’s loss to Western last week has them 5-2. The winner of Mines-CSUP will move to 7-1 and a two-way tie with Western, who is playing a non-conference game this week; if that winner is Mines, the Orediggers would then need to beat Adams State in Week 11 to secure at worst a share of their third consecutive title. If it’s CSU Pueblo, it would set up a winner-take-all championship game against the Mountaineers on Nov. 13 in Gunnison. There are no title tiebreakers in RMAC football; any teams tied for first share the championship.

The Mines vs. CSUP series

Mines and CSU Pueblo have alternated wins over their last six meetings, going 3-3 since 2015 under Coach Brandon. The series dates back to 1964 Mines won in Pueblo in their last meeting in 2019, 34-14, their first win there since 2009 CSUP leads the all-time series 19-11 and 7-6 since reforming the program in 2008 This will be the first time since 2009 that Mines has played Pueblo where the Thunderwolves are unranked. Either one or both teams have been ranked in every meeting since 2010.

Week 9 rewind

Mines cruised to a 34-7 win over Chadron State last Saturday, racing out to a 27-0 lead and shutting down the Eagles in the process. John Matocha threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns on 23-of-31 passing, and Michael Zeman crossed the 1,000-yard mark for the season in his 96-yard, two-touchdown day.Max McLeod,Tristan Smith, and Josh Johnston all caught touchdowns. The Mines defense stuffed the Eagles for just 16 yards on the ground and 214 in total, limiting CSC to two first downs in the first half. Quarterback Dalton Holst was sacked seven times as he was 19-of-34 for 198 yards and a score. Chaffin Ross led the way with a career game, compiling seven tackles and 1.5 sacks, while Mack Minnehan recovered a fumble and Kobe Brewster had an interception. 

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