Big second half carries CSC to win

SILVER CITY, N.M. – Chadron State led just 16-10 at halftime, but scored touchdowns on six of its seven possessions in the second half to roll past the Western New Mexico Mustangs 59-17 here Saturday afternoon in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference game.

The Eagles, now 7-2 for the season and 6-1 in the conference, averaged 9.2 yards on 51 rushing plays while accumulating 469 yards on the ground, their second highest total in school history.

The Eagles also were effective through the air, completing 22 of 34 passes for 141 yards and half of their eight touchdowns.

The rushing attack was led again by senior Glen Clinton, who carried 19 times for 242 yards, third highest total in his career. No doubt, Western New Mexico is glad he'll graduate this year. Clinton rushed 24 times for 245 yards against the Mustangs last year and in four games has carried 99 times for 817 yards against them.

Of course, the Mustangs aren't the only team Clinton has fared well against. His 242 yards on Saturday gives him a career-high 1,363 yards rushing this season and 4,501 for his career. The latter figure moves him past David Jones into second place on Chadron State's all-time list behind only Danny Woodhead, who was college football's all-time rushing leader when he graduated in 2007.

Western New Mexico scored first Saturday, going 77 yards in nine plays on its opening possession. A 10-yard pass from quarterback Mitch Glasmann to Ronnell Pompey netted the touchdown.

Moments later, Clinton romped 50 yards, but had the ball knocked out of his grasp inside the five-yard line by the Mustangs' Eldrick Bright. The ball went into the end zone, where CSC receiver Nathan Ross alertly made the recovery for the touchdown.

After having the extra point blocked, the Eagles moved ahead 13-7 early in the second quarter when quarterback Jonn McLain hit Kyle Vinich on a 3-yard touchdown toss, three plays after the pair had connected on a 33-yard pass.

Late in the second period, the teams traded 34-yard field goals. Josh McIntire struck first for Western New Mexico and Randy Wentz followed for Chadron State.

The Mustangs picked up a pair of first downs to open the second half but after making a catch, Donald Byrd lost the ball to a pair of Chadron State linebackers. Dylan Furrier delivered the hit and Shea Koch claimed the bobble.

From then on the Eagles dominated.

Tailback Michael Madkins scored on an eight-yard run midway in the third period and on CSC's next possession McLain hit inside receiver Chapman Ham on a two-yard toss to cap an 80-yard drive that included a 35-yard run by Clinton.

As the third quarter was ending, Clinton ran for 51 yards during his final carry of the day. The Eagles then opened the fourth period with a 20-yard touchdown pass from McLain to Ross, to put them ahead 38-10.

The touchdown reception was the 23rd of Ross' career to break the school record he had shared with Jay Rhoades and Cory Brooks. Also, the touchdown pass was the 70th of McLain's career, allowing him to catch his brother Joe and Shawn Eisenreich for second place on the Eagles' all-time list. Steward Perez threw 73 TD passes in 1988-91 for the CSC record.

Following McLain's touchdown pass to Ross, Patrick O'Boyle, took over at quarterback and had a memorable game. The junior from Gering ran for touchdowns both times he carried the ball.

O'Boyle initially raced 27 yards to the end zone on the first play after CSC cornerbacks Conor Casey and Jordan Jones came up with another Western New Mexico fumble. Then after the Mustangs went 75 yards in four plays for their only touchdown of the second half, O'Boyle scored again on a 39-yard sprint.

The Eagles' No. 3 quarterback, Chris Conroy, also directed a 10-play, 68-yard scoring drive late in the game. All the yards came on rushing plays until Conroy threw a 6-yard pass to Andrew Rios for the touchdown.

The Mustangs, now 2-6 overall and 2-5 in the RMAC, could not contain the CSC offense, particularly in the second half, but they had some offensive clout of their own. Glassman completed 21 of 38 passes for 183 yards and tailback Abe Macias carried 18 times for 136 yards.

The Eagles will wrap up their home schedule this coming Saturday against Fort Lewis College. Kickoff will be at noon.

CSC 6 10 15 28 – 59
WNM 7 3 0 7 – 17

Scoring Summary
First Quarter
WNMU-Ronnell Pompay 10 pass from Mitch Glasman (Josh McIntire kick)
CSC-Nathan Ross fumble recovery in end zone (kick failed)
Second Quarter
CSC-Kyle Vinich 3 pass from Jonn McLain (Randy Wentz kick)
WNMU-McIntire 34 field goal
CSC-Wentz 34 field goal
Third Quarter
CSC-Michael Madkins 8 run (Patrick O'Boyle run)
CSC-Chapman Ham 2 pass from McLain (Wentz kick)
Fourth Quarter
CSC-Ross 20 pass from McLain (Wentz kick)
CSC-O'Boyle 27 run (Wentz kick)
WNMU-Abe Marcias 3 run (McIntire kick)
CSC-O'Boyle 39 run (Wentz kick)
CSC-Andrew Rios 6 pass from Chris Conroy (Wentz kick)

First Downs 29 18
Total Net Yards 610 354
Rushes, Yards 51-469 25-171
Passing Yards 141 183
Passing 22-34-0 21-39-1
Return Yards 26 114
Punts, Yards 3-48.3 6-40.8
Fumbles, Lost 2-1 3-2
Penalties, Yards 5-49 10-90

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