After a big win in week one, CSU-Pueblo is riding high heading into the week two matchup at West Texas A&M. JP and Trysten look at what to expect from the offense, give the defense some serious praise, and make some bold game predictions.
3 takeaways from CSU-Pueblo’s loss at West Texas A&M
1. The defense played outstanding against West Texas! The ThunderWolf defense only allowed 223 yards of offense to the Buffalos. Last week West Texas ran the ball for 223 yards on 49 carries against Azusa Pacific, the Pack limited them to 133 yards on 43 carries and 223 total yards of offense. Just in case anybody was wondering Brandon Payer is still a beast he recorded 11 solo tackles, 3 assisted, 1 tackle for a loss, a sack and pressured the QB all day.
2. Last week the QB’s threw to 8 different receivers/running backs. This week was only different in the fact that AJ Thompson did not play in the game and Brandon Edwards was the lone QB that got the ball to 8 different receivers/running backs. Morgan Smith led the team with 78 yards on five receptions. Ammon Johnson leads all receivers in yards with 98 for the season.
3. They say everything is bigger and better in Texas and football is everything. Just over 6,000 people filed into Kimbrough Stadium for Saturday’s game, to include some of the ThunderWolf faithful. Aside form the fact that part of Pack Nation made the drive and partied at the tailgate hosted by the Alumni Association was the support for Sophomore Safety, Tanner Draper. Tanner is from Amarillo and had family, friends and others in the stands supporting him instead of the hometown Buffs. Teachers at his former high school were giving extra-credit to students that could prove they went to the game and supported him.
1. The pass game remains solid for CSU-Pueblo. Brandon Edwards is extremely decisive and accurate when throwing the ball. His late interception was due to pressure, but every throw he made earlier in the day was accurate. The offense flourishes when the ball is in the air and it will be their key to success moving forward.
2. The secondary for CSU-Pueblo has the potential to be excellent, but big plays have hurt the team in back-to-back weeks. What is usually a fluid and cohesive unit shows some inexperience and unfamiliarity at times. Through the season the unit should become more consistent, but the transfers and youth movement will take some time to catch up.
3. Special teams is the strong point for the Pack this year, and it will pay off in the long run. Mitch Carter has not missed an extra point or field goal this year and Tanner Cuda has been as clutch as it comes when punting. Field position and late field goals are important to any team, but any team looking to win close games needs to be able to rely on the special teams unit to carry their weight.