Grand Valley football player runs with the football while teammates block.

No. 7 Lakers open home schedule against No. 25 CSU-Pueblo

Facing another top-25 ranked opponent on Saturday, No. 7 Grand Valley will look to rebound following its loss last week to open the 2023 season.

The Lakers (0-1) face No. 25 Colorado State-Pueblo at 7 p.m. on September 9 at Lubbers Stadium. 

Grand Valley slipped to No. 7 in the weekly American Football Coaches Association poll after its 31-28 loss to No. 2 Colorado School of Mines on August 31. 

The Lakers rallied for 21 points in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 28, but the Orediggers pieced together a final drive to kick a 41-yard field goal with two seconds remaining for the victory.

The Lakers rolled up 444 total yards of offense on Colorado School of Mines, but converted just two third-down opportunities (2-of-14) for the game. 

Quarterback Cade Peterson accounted for 359 yards of total offense by himself, throwing for 295 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for 64 yards and a touchdown. 

Like Grand Valley, CSU-Pueblo (1-0) has a new coach leading its team this season. The ThunderWolves cruised to a 37-8 win over Midwestern State University in their season opener under first-year head coach Philip Vigil.

Saturday’s game marks the fifth matchup ever between Grand Valley and CSU-Pueblo. The Lakers have won all four previous meetings, including last year’s 35-10 win in Pueblo, Colorado. 

Fans can watch the game either online at FloSports or locally, over-the-air on WXSP (Channel 15). The game will also be broadcast on the radio at WLAV-FM 96.9, WJRW-FM 106.1/WJRW-AM 1340 and WLCS-FM 98.3. 

Spanish-speaking fans can listen to games on La Poderosa 93.3 FM and 810 AM in Grand Rapids and 103.1 FM and 1080 AM in the Midland and Lansing areas.