GOLDEN, Colo. - One final drive helped secure a 31-24 win for #23 Colorado School of Mines over Chadron State on Saturday afternoon at Campbell Field.
Colin Baker put Mines on the board first as he connected on a 29-yard field goal with 9:08 remaining in the first half.
Alex Ferdinand put the Eagles on the board with a 30-yard field goal but Mines quickly answered scoring to take a 17-3 lead on a four-yard run by Tevin Champagne.
However, Chadron State would score twice before the end of the half to tie the game heading into the break. Chapman Ham did it both times for the Eagles catching a 26-yard pass and then a 2-yard pass with seven seconds left in the half.
Chadron State took its first least of the game in the third quarter as Jeff Alcorn caught a 19-yard pass from Brandon Gorsuch at the 11:02 mark to make it 24-17 in favor of the Eagles.
Mines came right back to tie the score as Garcia found his way into the end zone from a yard out with about five minutes remaining in the third quarter and the two teams headed into the fourth quarter tied.
The Eagles opened the quarter with the ball but Jarrad McKay picked off Gorsuch inside Chadron State territory. Unfortunately Mines went three and out on its next drive.
The CSM defense held Chadron State on its next drive giving Mines the ball back with 5:45 remaining in the game.
Garcia fumbled the ball at midfield and the Eagles recovered but the play was called back for a face mask penalty on Chadron State giving Mines a new set of downs. After an incomplete pass, Garcia handed the ball off to Dan Palmer twice and with runs of 14 and 21-yards he found his way into the end zone.
Chadron State looked to mount one final drive but Justin Neal intercepted Gorsuch with just under two minutes remaining to give CSM the victory.
Palmer finished the game with 94 yards and a touchdown inching him ever closer to 1,000 yards on the season as he currently sits a 982. Garcia finished the game completing 20-of-27 passes for 260 yards and a touchdown. Brown caught seven passes for 90 yards. Ryan Wood and Alex Vigil both finished with 10 tackles.
The Orediggers (8-2, 6-2 RMAC) will closeout the RMAC regular season at #8 Nebraska-Kearney next Saturday, Nov. 12th at 12:00 pm.
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