The Mavericks scored exactly 70 points against Black Hills State on Saturday in an absolute rout of the Grizzlies and it was a sight to behold.

The Colorado Mesa University football team has made this season into one for the record books and the stellar offense that averages 41 points a game has only improved after each and every game this season.

The Mavericks ran for 471 yards against the Grizzlies and scored seven rushing touchdowns by the end of the game. The seven touchdowns came within the first three quarters alone.

David Tann rushed for 173 of those yards as well as two touchdowns. Tann has rushed for seven touchdowns in the last two weeks as he punched in five last week in the win against Dixie State.

The rest of the rushing yards were split out evenly as quarterback Eystin Salum had his third consecutive 100-yard plus game as he hammered out 108 yards on Saturday as well as two touchdowns. Salum also went 9-12 for 212 yards and two touchdowns in the air.  

Daryl Hawkins would take the reigns for the rest of the game as Tann was eventually pulled to rest and Hawkins recorded 60 yards and two touchdowns off of six carries. Brett Ojiyi also had a touchdown of his own in the third quarter.

The Mavericks fell behind early against the Grizzlies as they allowed an early touchdown in the first quarter in form of 15-yard touchdown pass from Nick Rooney to Chad Hovasse. But the little shimmer of hope was immediately shattered as CMU would score 63 unanswered points.

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CMU scored 10 separate times on Saturday and only one of those drives took over two minutes to score. One of the touchdowns was a 99-yard kickoff return from Virnel Moon to start the second half. That was Moon’s second kickoff return for a touchdown of the season.

The Maverick’s defense did their job against Adam’s State who put up 42 points against them last year. The CMU defense allowed only 162 yards on the ground and 291 yards in the air and did not allow the Grizzlies to respond to the unanswered 63-point onslaught.

Tom Saager led the team with nine tackles on Saturday and Garrett Reece-Scott had four tackles of his own along with an interception.   

The Mavericks also cut down on penalties as they only committed seven violations for 72 yards while the Grizzlies committed 10 for 102 yards.

CMU remains in first place in the RMAC standings with the win and stays ahead of CSU-Pueblo, who defeated Black Hills State on Saturday 49-0. The Mavericks will continue their attempt to win out when they take on New Mexico Highlands on Oct. 28 in the Homecoming game.

Last season the Mavericks racked up 87 points against the Cowboys in the eventual 87-14 win.

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Matt Kennedy
Matt Kennedy is a sophomore mass communication major from Colorado Springs. He is in his second year with The Criterion, has served as the assistant sports editor and is now sports editor. Kennedy went to Doherty High School where he wrote for his school paper for three years and he aspires to continue in the sports journalism field after graduation to pursue a career as a sportscaster.

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