Mines’ first home Division 2 playoff game in 14 years on November 17th, against CSU Pueblo, was a cold day with a mix of freezing rain and snow, leading to a small student section turn out. The #16 ranked Orediggerss put up a fight in the cold against the #9 CSU Pueblo Thunderwolves until the final whistle, giving Mines their second loss of the season and knocking them out of the playoffs.
The game started off slow, with only a field goal by Mines in the first quarter. In the second quarter, as the temperatures continued to drop, CSU Pueblo’s defense started heating up. The Thunderwolves caught an interception off of CSM’s Isaac Harker, running it in for a touchdown, to give a score of 3-10 at half time.
The third quarter gave no sign of CSU Pueblo’s defense slowing down, as they caught two more interceptions, running both in for touchdowns. This quarter gave some success for Mines, as Brody Oliver caught an across the field pass from Harker, and then Cameron Mayberry ran it in one-yard on the next play for Mine’s first touchdown of the game.
Both teams kept playing hard into the fourth quarter, even as it started snowing. CSU Pueblo started off the quarter with a 40-yard run for a touchdown. The Orediggers fought back by blocking the extra point attempt. Halfway through the quarter Harker completed a 22-yard pass to Oliver for another touchdown for the Orediggers. With 1 min and 31 second left in the quarter, CSU Pueblo finished off their strong running game with another touchdown.
Mines completed its 2018 season 10-2. The cross country team will run next on Dec. 1st in the NCAA Division II Championships in Pittsburgh, PA. Catch our men’s basketball team’s next home game on the 23rd against Kansas Wesleyan, and women’s basketball against Texas A&M International. Swimming performs at Colorado Mesa this weekend, and wrestling’s next home match is Friday, Nov. 30th.