Colorado State Crushes Oregon State
Rams break in new stadium with big second half
Both offense and defense played a huge role in this win for the Rams.
Everything was teed up for Colorado State on Saturday against Oregon State. They were the first game of the 2017 college football season, taking on a Pac-12 opponent, in a brand new on campus stadium. They didn’t disappoint.
After a back and forth forth first half the Rams outscored Oregon State 34-7 in the second half on their way to a 58-27 blowout win at CSU Stadium.
Their first win on campus since 1967.
“There was a lot of pressure on these young men. It’s a big, big responsibility against a good opponent,” said Rams head coach Mike Bobo on his postgame radio show. “And to come out and answer the bell and play as a team and play for Colorado State, that’s something you’re proud of as a coach.”
The Rams lived up to that responsibility on both sides of the ball. The offense, led by senior wide receiver Michael Gallup’s 11 catches for 134 yards, had an explosive day with over 500 yards of total offense. Meanwhile the defense forced 5 turnovers including a pick-six by junior linebacker Tre Thomas to kill an Oregon State drive at the beginning of the second half.
“Second half we just felt more comfortable, more loose so we could just go execute way more. It was a great feelin” stated Thomas after the game. “We feed off each other so once one person gets a turnover everybody else is going to get a turnover. We just swarm.”
Swarm they did as they forced four turnovers on six possessions in the second half essentially forcing Oregon State into a one dimensional offense.
Colorado State had a very balanced attack led by senior quarterback Nick Stevens who continued his hot hand from a season ago. Stevens finished 26-39 for 334 yards and 3 touchdowns.
He also used his legs on a fourth and two in the red zone to keep a Rams drive alive. He showed poise, toughness, distributed the ball and made some NFL caliber throws into some tight windows.
“We talked about it was going to be an emotion filled game but we couldn’t play emotionally” said Bobo and he was right.
Colorado State played with a lot of composure and didn’t let the moment or the 117 degree field temperature get the better of them. Now they have to turn around and get ready for the defending Pac-12 South Champions Colorado Buffaloes on a short week. But after one game, it’s safe to say that Colorado State lived up to the hype and gave their fans a reason to expect big things in 2017.