Huntsville -- Quarterback Chris Bonner passed for 255 yards and three touchdowns to lead Colorado State-Pueblo to a 47-21 non-conference victory over Sam Houston State Saturday night at Elliott T. Bowers Stadium.
Bonner threw touchdown passes of 23 and 16 yards to Jarred Radebaugh and a 64-yard scoring bomb to Paul Browning.
The Thunderwolves, three-time defending Rocky Mountain Conference champions and ranked No. 2 in NCAA Division II, out-gained Sam Houston 446 yards to 226.
Running back Keshawn Hill was Sam Houston's top offensive player, rushing 12 times for 55 yards including a one-yard score and catching six passes for 42 yards with a 17 yard TD pass from Don King III.
Sam Houston fell to 1-3 for the year. Colorado State-Pueblo now stands 2-0.
Bearkat starting quarterback Jared Johnson completed 14 of 26 passes for 72 yards. His backup, Don King, went 5-for-7 for 74 yards. The Thunderwolves defense sacked the Kats’ signal-callers eight times for 35 yards in losses.
Colorado State-Pueblo dominated the first half, building a 27-0 lead at intermission and out-gaining the Bearkats 206 yards to one in total offense in the first 30 minutes.
Cameron McDondle opened the scoring for the Thunderwolves, completing a 10-play, 57-yard drive with a four-yard touchdown six-and-a-half minutes into the game. McDondle added a 70-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
Chris Bonner hit Jarred Radebaught for a 23-yard touchdown on the last play of the quarter to put Colorado State-Pueblo up 14-0. The second scoring drive covered 40 yards in six plays.
Bonner hit Radebaught again for a 16-yard scoring pass and Greg O’Donnell added field goals of 18 and 46 yards for 13 more CSUP points in the second period.
Sam Houston amassed all its points and 225 yards total offense in the second half. Johnson put the Kats on the board for the first time with a nine-yard scoring run to complete a 12 play, 72-yard drive with 7:34 to go in the third period.
Hill’s two scores came with 5:37 and 1:17 to play in the game.
The Thunderwolves continued to increase their lead in the third quarter, putting together a five-play, 94-yard touchdown drive to go up 34-0 with 10:56 to play in the period.
Sam Houston State takes a week off before beginning Southland Conference action in two weeks in Beaumont against Lamar.
Box Score (Final)
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score
Colorado St-Pueblo 14 13 17 3 47 Record: (2-0)
Sam Houston State 0 0 7 14 21 Record: (1-3)
CSUP C. McDondle 4 yd run (Greg O'Donnell kick)
CSUP J. Radebaugh 23 yd pass from Chris Bonner (Greg O'Donnell kick)
CSUP Greg O'Donnell 18 yd field goal, 4-14 1:07
CSUP J. Radebaugh 16 yd pass from Chris Bonner (Greg O'Donnell kick)
CSUP Greg O'Donnell 46 yd field goal
CSUP Paul Browning 64 yd pass from Chris Bonner (Greg O'Donnell kick
SHSU Jared Johnson 9 yd run (Luc Swimberghe kick)
CSUP C. McDondle 70 yd run (Greg O'Donnell kick)
CSUP Greg O'Donnell 21 yd field goal
CSUP Greg O'Donnell 39 yd field goal
SHSU Keshawn Hill 1 yd run (Luc Swimberghe kick)
SHSU Keshawn Hill 17 yd pass from Don King III (Luc Swimberghe kick),
Colorado St-Pueblo-C. McDondle 14-116; J.B. Mathews 13-58; Marche Dennard 9-22; Fradlet Dort 2-5; P. O'Malley 1-3; Grant Neal 1-0; Malcolm Ruben 1-minus 3; Team 2-minus 5; Chris Bonner 2-minus 9.
Sam Houston State-Keshawn Hill 12-55; Don King III 8-28; Donavan Williams 1-2; Jalen Overstreet 1-1; TEAM 1-minus 1; Jared Johnson 12-minus 5.
Colorado St-Pueblo-Chris Bonner 20-32-0-255; Malcolm Ruben 1-1-0-4; J.
Sam Houston State-Jared Johnson 14-26-0-72; Don King III 5-7-1-74.
Colorado St-Pueblo-Paul Browning 7-98; J. Radebaugh 5-77; Kieren Duncan 3-32; Grant Neal 2-20; C. McDondle 1-14; Zach Boyd 1-9; Marche Dennard 1-5; Treyben Letlow 1-4.
Sam Houston State-Keshawn Hill 6-42; Yedidiah Louis 4-23; LaDarius Brown 3-47; Reynolds, Josh 2-8; Ragan Henderson 1-9; Rickey Smith
1-6; Derreck Edwards 1-6; Jeffrey Thomas 1-5.