Rocky Mountain Showdown Recap
The Colorado State Rams battled a slow start and some questionable calls in the Rocky Mountain Showdown.
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The Colorado State Rams lose a tough game against the Colorado Buffaloes
The Colorado State Rams came into the Rocky Mountain Showdown full of confidence after the 58-27 win against Oregon State a week ago. A slow offensive start and some questionable flags pulled the wind out of their sails.
CSU came out the gate slow going three and out on the first drive. The Rams defense then held the Buffs to their own three and out.
The first questionable call of the game came on the Rams second drive. On third and four from Colorado’s 26-yard line Nick Stevens completed a pass to Olabisi Johnson to Colorado’s nine-yard line. Johnson was called for offensive pass interference.
Colorado opened the scoring on their second drive with a 45-yard run from Phillip Lindsay. The second big run in as many weeks allowed by the Rams defense.
The Buffaloes would then score on 31-yard touchdown pass from Steven Montez to Shay Fields on a broken play. The Rams would add a field goal and the score at halftime was 17-3 CU.
The second half is when the questionable calls really started. On the Rams first drive of the second half they go inside the Buffaloes 30-yard line. Nick Stevens threw a touchdown pass to Detrich Clark that was called back due to offensive pass interference. Two plays later Stevens threw a touchdown pass to Olabisi Johnson that was called back for hands to the face.
Another questionable call came when the Rams had sacked Montez and the Rams were called for a face mask. Replays showed that the CSU defender was nowhere near Montez’s helmet on the play.
CSU had some good chances late but costly turnovers killed any momentum they built. Nick Stevens completed a pass to Warren Jackson for 38 yards and CU held Jackson up and stripped the ball from him.
The Rams last offensive drive ended in an interception. Nick Stevens threw a pass to the receiver running a corner route but the receiver let up off his route and Stevens was picked off.
The CSU Rams offense preformed decently but had the wind pulled out their sails a lot. The offense went for nearly 400 yards of offense. Stevens was 24-47 for 309 yards and two interceptions.
Dalyn Dawkins was the Rams leading rusher with 43 yards on 14 carries. Detrich Clark was the Rams leading receiver with 72 yards on five receptions.
The Rams defense deserves a lot of credit for their performance. After giving up 17 points in the game’s first 16 ½ minutes, they didn’t let the Buffs score again. Josh Watson led the team with nine tackles, Kevin Nutt Jr. had two interceptions, and the defense combined for 5 sacks.
The Rams did what they could in this game and there are some good things they can take away from it. But they need to look at the film and fix the little things.
The Rams next game is against Abilene Christian. Look for them to come out angry.