GOLDEN, Colo. - Colorado School of Mines' defense thoroughly dominated as it shut out Fort Lewis, 42-0, for the Orediggers' homecoming game at Marv Kay Stadium. Mines (7-0, 7-0 RMAC) produced …
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GOLDEN, Colo. - Colorado School of Mines' defense thoroughly dominated as it shut out Fort Lewis, 42-0, for the Orediggers' homecoming game at Marv Kay Stadium.
Mines (7-0, 7-0 RMAC) produced back-to-back shutouts for the first time since 1958, with an overall great defensive performance yet this season, holding Fort Lewis to just 78 total yards, one first down in the first half and four total, and 37 yards rushing. Fort Lewis (3-4, 3-4 RMAC) did not cross midfield until the team's final drive of the game.
Against the RMAC's #2-rated defense, quarterback John Matocha literally did it all, passing for a career-high 339 yards and four touchdowns, while also running for a score and catching the game's opening touchdown on a trick play from running back Michael Zeman. Zeman rushed for a game-high 76 yards and also caught a touchdown.Matocha hit four different receivers for touchdowns including Zeman, Sean O'Dell, John Johnston, and Mason Karp. Johnston led all receivers with 86 yards while Karp had a game-high six catches. FLC quarterback Eric Ornduff was held to 10-of-22 passing for 41 yards as he was sacked three times.
It was a total team effort from the defense as Kobe Brewster led Mines with five tackles. Brockton Sterling stood out on the defensive line with 2.5 tackles for loss and a sack among four stops; Nolan Reeve, Luke Jeter, and Peyton Rose also had sacks.
Fort Lewis was 0-of-13 on third down.
Mines is 7-0 for the seventh time in program history. The team heads to the west coast to visit Azusa Pacific in non-conference play on Oct. 26.
Fort Lewis heads to Gunnison to play Western Colorado University on the same day.
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