Colorado School of Mines running back Dan Palmer rushed for 94 yards and scored the go-ahead touchdown with just over three minutes remaining to lift the No. 23-ranked Orediggers to a 31-24 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference victory over Chadron State Saturday afternoon.
Palmer’s TD run, which was his 19th of the season, closed out the pivotal Oredigger drive that began on their own 21-yard line with 5:45 to play.
Mines converted both of its third downs on the scoring drive and averted disaster when two Chadron State penalties – defensive holding and a facemask – wiped out a fumble the Eagles recovered on the 39. Instead, the Orediggers received new life, and after an incomplete pass, Palmer carried the ball for 35 yards on back-to-back carries and found the end zone from 21 yards for the deciding score.
The Eagles (5-5 overall, 5-3 RMAC) had a chance to tie the game but turned the ball over on downs after failing to convert on fourth and 10 at their 34-yard line.
Get more on the game from Chadron State athletics.