Ryan Sheehan's hit a 33-yard field goal as time expired and gave No. 11 Colorado Mesa a 38-36 win over the Colorado School of Mines Orediggers and the rights to the Nyikos Cup for the third straight season, but it wasn't without some drama.
The Orediggers took the lead with 23.6 seconds left in the game on a touchdown pass from Ben Bottlinger to All-American Brody Oliver. That was their 4th touchdown connection of the ballgame. The two-point pass attempt failed but the Orediggers led 36-35.
The offense started on their own 18 yard line but it didn't matter as they march down and set up the game winning field.
Junior quarterback Eystin Salum finished with 72 yards on the ground and 286 yards through the air. He found his favorite receiver Josh Brown four times for 120 yards. Peter Anderson caught four passes for 104 yards, 68 yards on the final drive.
The win moved the Mavericks to 3-0 on the season for the second time in head coach Russ Martin's tenure at Colorado Mesa.
The Mavs will be home next week as they battle Fort Lewis on the 23rd of September.