No. 9 Midwestern State wasn't about to go down without a fight Saturday afternoon in the second round of the NCAA Division II Playoffs at Memorial Stadium.
The Mustangs, who had faced deficits in nine games this season, just didn't have enough to overtake No. 4-ranked Colorado State-Pueblo as the Thunderwolves came away with a 26-17 win.
CSU-Pueblo moves onto the national qaurterfinals next week to play host to Grand Valley State (Mich.) at the ThunderBowl in Pueblo.
The Thunderwolves marched right down the field on the opening two possessions scoring on a A.J. Thompson-to-Kieren Duncan 48-yard strike off of a play-action fake on the opening drive of the game.
CSU-Pueblo then moved the ball 40 yards on four plays on its next possession to take a 14-0 lead on a 10-yard run by Bernard McDondle with 8:12 to go in the opening quarter.
The Thunderwolves extended the lead to 17-0 heading into halftime on a 19-yard field goal by Greg O'Donnell to cap off a methodical 16-play, 94-yard drive midway through the second quarter.
CSU-Pueblo piled 246 yards of total offense while totally dominating the opening half of play.
The Thunderwolves extended the lead to 20-0 on O'Donnell's 28-yard field goal four minutes into the second half to cap off an eight-play, 74-yard drive.