Angelo State University, the Lone Star Conference football champions, is quickly cementing its reputation as a road warrior. That bodes well for the Rams, who, once again, are on the road Saturday.
The Rams held on to knock off No. 18 Michigan Tech 42-41 in the opening round of the NCAA Division II playoffs last week, overcoming a three-touchdown deficit.
The win, Angelo’s fifth straight on the road and seventh this year, pits ASU against Colorado State–Pueblo in the second round.
The Rams, 9-2, trailed the entire game until QB Kyle Washington found Talon Smith on a 50-yard TD connection with less than four minutes remaining in the game.
A Michigan Tech field goal attempt with six seconds left went wide setting up Saturday’s 1 p.m. meeting with the Thunderwolves in Pueblo.
Pueblo, ranked No. 7 nationally in DII polling, carries a 10-1 record into Saturday’s game, after a 44-21 beating of New Mexico Highlands in the ‘Wolves regular season finale two weeks ago.
The Thunderwolves, averaging more than 430 yards of offense per game, are led by quarterback Jason Bonner, who has amassed more than 2,500 yards a game, and running back Cameron McDondle, a 1,500-plus yard rusher.
Washington, the second-rated passer in the Lone Star Conference, threw for more than 3,000 yards and 27 touchdowns this year. He also ran for more than 900 yards.
The winner of the ASU-CS-Pueblo game faces the winner of the No. 3 Ferris State-No. 8 Ohio Dominican game in the third round of the playoffs.