ARLINGTON, Texas – No. 5-ranked Colorado State-Pueblo saw its early lead dwindle down to seven points before turning it on again to beat Angelo State 45-24 on Saturday in the finale of the Lone Star Football Festival at AT&T Stadium.
CSU-Pueblo (2-0) built up a 21-0 lead with 4:16 to play before halftime. Angelo State (1-1) got its momentum going on a 22-yard field goal by Reid Layton with 7 seconds left before the break.
The Rams came out of the locker room and quickly got on the board again as quarterback Kyle Washington exploded for a 78-yard touchdown run. Washington then found Brett Rasberry for a 16-yard scoring strike to cut the Thunderwolves’ lead down to 21-17 with 10:38 to play in the third quarter.
After forcing CSU-Pueblo to punt on the following possession, Angelo State had its possible game-tying drive halted and was forced to punt as well. Josh Sandovall took Sam Fowler’s boom back 55 yards for a touchdown to give the Thunderwolves a 28-17 advantage with 8:43 left in the third quarter.
CSU-Pueblo went on to get a 20-yard field goal from Greg O’Donnell, a 40-yard fumble return for a score by C.J. Roberts and a 12-yard TD run from Cameron McDondle.
Angelo State’s final TD came with 7:05 to play on a 100-yard interception return by junior linebacker Rush Seaver. The play tied a LSC record and has now been done only 12 times in the league’s 82-year history.
Quarterback Chris Bonner and receiver Paul Browning helped set the tone for CSU-Pueblo – which finished with 617 yards of offense – by connecting on a 64-yard TD pass on the game’s first play from scrimmage.
Bonner finished 14 of 26 for 354 yards and two TDs, while Browning had 148 yards on two catches. McDondle totaled 160 yards on 13 carries and Chris Ashe added 84 yards and a TD on 10 totes. Ben Estica made 13 tackles and picked off a pass to pace the Thunderwolves’ defense that forced three fumbles.
Washington went 20 of 34 passing for 173 yards and totaled 139 yards on nine carries – recording one TD each way for the Rams. Talon Smith made a game-high six catches for 64 yards. Ryan Clapsaddle had a game-high 14 tackles. Paul Mason racked up 81 kick return yards.
CSU-Pueblo returns home next week to face Western New Mexico in its Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opener, while Angelo State welcomes Tarleton for its LSC opener on Sept. 21.
2013 Lone Star Football Festival
Arlington, Texas / AT&T Stadium
(All times CT)
Thursday, Sept. 12
West Texas A&M 34, Chadron State 31
Friday, Sept. 13
Eastern New Mexico 55, Sul Ross State 24
Texas A&M-Commerce 45, Delta State 37
Monterrey Tech Puebla 23, Monterrey Tech Mexico City 20
Saturday, Sept. 14
Texas A&M-Kingsville 40, Monterrey Tech 37 (3 OT)
Tarleton State 27, Midwestern State 24
Colorado State-Pueblo 45, Angelo State 24