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Aug 29, 2010 12:37 AM by Jordan Mason

ThunderWolves secure game opening win

GOODWELL, Okla. (GoThunderWolves.com - Aug. 28, 2010) - Though the game had its share of first-game jitters, CSU-Pueblo had an offensive explosion with 21 first quarter points, providing enough mileage to claim a 26-14 win over Oklahoma Panhandle State Saturday.

The Pack responded to a well-organized game-opening touchdown scoring drive by the Aggies, shrugging off the early 7-0 deficit to score three touchdowns, two coming on big gains.

After Jesse Lewis (Jr., Loveland, Colo.) ran in a 10-yard score on a pretty drive that saw quarterback Ross Dausin (So., San Antonio, Tex.) hit his tight ends for three huge receptions, the game was tied at 7.

On the next possesion, which started with a pick by cornerback Grant Crunkleton (Sr., Denver, Colo.), Lewis culminated the drive with a 41-yard touchdown run to give the Pack a 14-7 lead.

After a three-and-out possesion by the Aggies, Dausin connected on his first Division II touchdown pass with a 55-yard strike to Bernard Jackson (Sr., Corona, Calif.), taking a 21-7 lead and leaving the Aggies to play catchup.

The lead was extended the second quarter when a punt by Brandon Kliesen (RFr., Pueblo, Colo.) pinned Panhandle inside their own 5-yard line and led to a safety by Damon Schiele (RSo., Aurora, Colo.), padding the Pack's advantage even further.

Though the second half was anemic for the Pack, CSU-Pueblo was helped along by its tenacious defense that kept the Aggies in check, as well as gifts in the form of penalties by the Aggies. Panhandle was charged with mind-boggling 264 yards in penalties on the night.

The Pack was led by Lewis, who ran for 133 yards and two scores, and Jackson, who converted 64 receiving yards.

CSU-Pueblo will look to go 2-0 next week when it opens up its home schedule against Northwestern Oklahoma State Saturday at 6 p.m.

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