SILVER CITY, N.M. – Colorado School of Mines defeated Western New Mexico by a score of 27-21 in overtime on Saturday afternoon in RMAC action at Ben Altamirano Memorial Stadium.
Mines took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter scoring in just 29 seconds as Dan Palmer broke free for a 71-yard touchdown run with 7:07 on the clock.
Western New Mexico tied the game early in the second quarter when WNMU quarterback David Ingram punched it in from two-yards out. The Mustangs would take a 14-7 lead in the third quarter as Ingram completed a 45-yard pass to Markis Sumpter for the touchdown.
Mines was unable to add to its lead on its next three possessions and Western New Mexico mounted one final drive with 2:17 remaining in regulation. Ingram took the Mustangs down to the Oredigger 12-yard line with just 10 seconds left on the clock. A false start penalty pushed WNMU back to CSM's 17-yard line but despite the penalty Ingram connected once again with Sumpter in the end zone to tie the game and send it to overtime.
WNMU started overtime with the ball but with nine yards to go on third down Mark Powell and Alex Vigil combined on the sack for an 11-yard loss. The Mustangs elected to go for it on 4th and 20 but Ingram completed just a 14-yard pass to Sumpter giving the Orediggers the ball and a chance to win the game.
Garcia opened the drive with a 14-yard completion to Brown and then tacked on seven more yards with a pass to Champagne to get Mines to the four-yard line. Dan Palmer pushed his way through to the WNMU one-yard line but was unsuccessful in two attempts to get into the end zone. Then on third and goal Garcia was able to find his way into the end zone to give CSM the 27-21 victory.
Garcia finished the game with 151 yards passing (19-of-36) with one passing and one rushing touchdown. Palmer rushed for 142 yards on 24 carries with one touchdown. Gillis caught a team-high seven passes and threw for one as well. Brown caught a total of six passes for 87 yards and a touchdown.
Vigil and Tyler Denson led the Oredigger defense was 11 tackles a piece as Vigil recorded two sacks and three tackles for a loss in the game. Punter Taylor Accardi averaged 50.9 yards per punt with a long of 88 yards.
The Orediggers (3-1, 1-1 RMAC) will return home to host their 2011 Homecoming / Hall of Fame game against Fort Lewis College on Saturday, Oct. 1st, at 12:00 p.m. (MDT) at Campbell Field.
Mines will induct two former student-athletes, one outstanding supporter and one team into the 16th annual class of its Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday evening, October 1st. Former Oredigger student-athletes who will be inducted include Marty Jertson (golf) and Ben Lengerich (track & field), outstanding supporter Stephen D. Chesebro' and the 2004-05 CSM women's basketball team. The 2011 inductees will be recognized during a halftime ceremony on October 1st.
The 16th annual CSM Athletics Hall of Fame banquet will take place on Saturday evening, October 1st at the Ben Parker Student Center on the CSM campus. A reception at 6:00 p.m. will precede the banquet, which will begin at 7:00 p.m.
Additionally, the annual Golden Chamber of Commerce / CSM Silver & Blue Homecoming Luncheon will be held on Friday, September 30th, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at Friedhoff Hall in the Green Center on the CSM campus. The guest speaker for the Golden Chamber of Commerce / CSM Silver & Blue Homecoming Luncheon will be current PGA pro, PING senior design engineer and 2011 CSM Athletics Hall of Fame inductee Marty Jertson.
For tickets and more information about the annual Golden Chamber of Commerce / CSM Silver & Blue Homecoming Luncheon, the 16th annual CSM Athletics Hall of Fame banquet and the Homecoming / Hall of Fame game, please call 303-273-3360.
For more information about Colorado School of Mines Athletics, please contact Assistant Sports Information Director Katie Simons at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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