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Hard Rockers beat Western
photo courtesy of Brad Blume, School of Mines Media Relations
Hard Rockers beat Western

Hard Rockers Force 5 Turnovers In Win Over Western


School of Mines Media Relations - September 10, 2018

RAPID CITY, S.D. - The offense didn't always look pretty, but South Dakota School of Mines football coach Zach Tinker said it best: "Winning is a lot better than losing."
After a heartbreaking loss to Colorado Mesa 36-33 in week one, Mines responded with five turnovers forced by its defense in a home-opening win, 38-21 over Western State-Colorado Saturday in Dunham Field at O'Harra Stadium.

"If we were to speak honestly, we played a much better football game a week ago than we did today. But we were incredible taking the ball away today," Tinker said. "All the things we did defensively, and in the kicking game to get the ball back, was the story of the game. Offensively, as awful as we were at times, we didn't give the ball away, so we had a chance to win."
 
The Mines secondary forced three interceptions, two from Marken Vilson and one from Dominick Johnson. The defense also recovered two fumbles in the game.

"For us it starts with our defensive line. If you look at the interceptions, they were caused by our defensive line being disruptive. That's the way we're going to turn people over, not fancy defensive calls. It'll be because our defensive line is getting after it," Tinker said. "It's been a strength of the team this season, and I think they showed that again today."



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