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CSU-Pueblo finishes 2014 as top team in AFCA Poll

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After winning the 2014 NCAA Division II National Championship Dec. 20, the American Football Coaches Association pegged the Colorado State University-Pueblo football team as the No. 1 team in the final AFCA Division II poll, Dec. 22.

CSU-Pueblo defeated then-No. 1 Minnesota State University, Mankato 13-0 at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. The ThunderWolves finished the regular season with a program record 14-1 mark. The Pack earned their fourth consecutive Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship in 2014 with an 8-1 record to share the honor with Colorado School of Mines. The ThunderWolves entered their fourth straight NCAA Playoff appearance as the No. 2 seed in Super Region Four.

After a first round bye, the Pack defeated No. 23 Angelo State University, 52-14. In the quarterfinals, CSU-Pueblo welcomed No. 9 Ohio Dominican University and used a fourth quarter punt return to record a 31-28 victory and advance to the NCAA Semifinals for the first time in program history and the first time a RMAC team had reached the semifinals in the NCAA Division II Playoffs. The Pack punched their ticket to the national championship game with a 10-7 victory versus No. 25 University of West Georgia.

The ThunderWolves finished the season with a perfect 6-0 record against nationally ranked opponents and finished the season No. 1 in the American Coaches Association Poll.

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