GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) Colorado Mesa was looking great coming into Saturday's match-up with Colorado School of Mines, riding a four game winning streak.
But it was the Orediggers who played well when it counted.
In a game with seven turnovers, and at least a couple more negated by penalties, it was a defensive struggle through three quarters.
CMU entered the final period with a 3-0 lead, but CSM got six points after a 73 yard pass from Justin Dvorak to Ty Young set up a two yard touchdown run by Dvorak.
That began a 27 point quarter for the Orediggers.
CMU couldn't move the ball against a talented defense, which forced the Maverick defenders to be on the field for the large majority of the second half.
The Mavericks got a two yard touchdown pass from Aric Kaiser to Nate Neville with 30 seconds remaining, but it was far too late as they fall to the Orediggers 27-10.
Justin Dvorak threw for 356 yards and one touchdown,.
Maybe the biggest key to the game was CSM's containment of CMU running back Jake Cimolino, who was bottled up all day.
He rushed 22 times for 68 yards (3.1 YPC).
CMU falls to 4-2 in the RMAC and 5-3 overall.
CSM improves to 4-2 in the RMAC and 5-3 overall.
Those two teams are tied for fourth now behind undefeated CSU-Pueblo, Chadron State, and Adams State.