By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard
Sometimes it takes a bit longer for your season to get started then you would like. For the Colorado School of Mines Orediggers and the CSU-Pueblo ThunderWolves it took an extra 100 minutes to get started due to a weather delay. You can add on another 15 minutes before the Orediggers realized they were playing football. After that they put on an offensive show on their way to a 57-21 route of the ThunderWolves.
The ThunderWolves started off well enough on their way to a 8-0 first quarter lead. Then the #18 Orediggers 5th year senior quarterback Justin Dvorak pressed the go button. He led the Orediggers up and down the field on their way to 43 unanswered points with 36 of those coming in the second quarter alone.
Dvorak lived up to his preseason first team All-American status by throwing for 402 yards and six touchdowns while completing 75% of his passes. His first touchdown throw was dropped into quadruple coverage to redshirt sophomore tight end Brody Oliver. It was a sign of things to come as completed pass after pass with pinpoint accuracy.
The only two concerning moments of the game for the Orediggers was when Dvorak came out of the game with an apparent right leg injury suffered during is extra point holding duties. It turned out to be cramps but with the score 50-14, Orediggers head coach Gregg Brandon decided that was enough and sat Dvorak for the remainder of the game. The second concerning moment was when the defensive, which was stellar most of the night, gave up a fourth and 32 touchdown in the third quarter.
It was an impressive win for the preseason #18 team in the country and a very concerning loss for the #5 team. CSU-Pueblo gave up an average of 16 points per game a season ago. The Orediggers take their offensive show on the road next weekend as they travel to New Mexico Highlands. The ThunderWolves head back home to welcome West Texas A&M.