Colorado State drops Hawaii on their way to their second consecutive win.
The Rams trampled the Rainbow Warriors in Honolulu this past Saturday night.
Colorado State takes command of the Mountain division while Hawaii drops to the bottom in the West.
Saturday night in Honolulu, the Colorado State Rams extended their all-time series lead over the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors to 15-9 with a 51-21 win. CSU also increased their win streak against UH to seven games.
For much of the game, Colorado State remained in control in all three phases. In fact, in the first quarter, the Rams went 2-2 on their offensive drives and ended the quarter marching toward another score. Nick Stevens and the CSU offense looked flawless, moving the ball at will. They were five of five on third down and had ten first downs in just the first quarter.
They also stifled Hawaii’s offense by forcing three consecutive three-and-outs. UH totaled 0 net yards of offense in the entire first quarter, two drives resulted in negative yards.
By the time the Rainbow Warriors got their first first-down of the game, the score was 21-0. This first down would help move UH to the CSU 29-yard line. It was then that the Rams turned it up a notch and stymied three passes from Brown to force a field goal attempt, which missed.
Following a Colorado State drive that ended with a field goal, Diocemy St. Juste and Dru Brown took Hawaii 87 yards for their first touchdown. The nine-play drive didn’t occur until there were less than two minutes left in the half. The game seemingly felt like it was evening out with the score now, 24-7.
Unfortunately for the home team, on the ensuing drive, Nick Stevens fired a pass to Michael Gallup which resulted in a 76 yard gain. This set the Rams up on the Rainbow Warrior 4-yard line in which Izzy Matthews punched it in for the touchdown. The score would stand at this total, 31-7, for the remaining minute of the half. Hawaii would remain at least four possessions behind Colorado State for the rest of the game.
The second half didn’t change much as the Rams flew down the field for 77 yards on four plays. Dalyn Dawkins scampered in from 19 yards out to put CSU up 37-7 (due to a missed PAT). Stevens and Gallup had continued their excellent work connecting on two passes for 50 yards.
After the two teams traded a touchdown and a fruitless drive each, producing a score of 44-14, Hawaii would start their final scoring drive of the game. Kade Greeley would haul in his first touchdown of his college career while Michael Gallup would grab his first of the night.
Dru Brown led the Rainbow Warriors downfield completing six of eight passes for 72 yards. He hit John Ursua on a 22-yard pass for the touchdown and would close the gap by making the score 44-21.
After stopping CSU on their next possession, it looked as if UH was poised to score again. However, an untimely fumble by Dylan Collie, after a nice catch, killed an 81-yard drive. Max McDonald would make the hit to jar the ball loose, and Josh Watson would recover.
Marvin Kinsey Jr. pounded the Hawaii defense with four consecutive rushes for 14 yards. A play later, Izzy Matthews broke a 66 yard run for another Colorado State touchdown.
The home team had one more chance to score with 3:30 seconds left on the clock but were nonchalant and barely gained 31 yards in six plays. The final score was 51-21 with Colorado State affirming their fans and the nation that they are a program to watch.
The Rams totaled 610 yards on 59 plays, forced the only turnover of the game, went four for four in the red-zone and was eight of eleven on third down. The Rainbow Warriors gained most of their yards in garbage time and were just four of twelve on third downs. They once again lost the discipline battle, getting penalized seven times for 41 yards versus the three penalties for 25 yards their opponents had.
Player of the game honors has to go to Michael Gallup who ended the game with 8 catches, 212 yards, and a touchdown. Nick Stevens should be a close second going 18-22 for 351 yards with 4 touchdowns and no interceptions.
This week, CSU will look to continue their success when they go on the road to play Utah State and battle for the Mountain division’s top spot. UH will also be on the road when the head to Reno and face off with Nevada. Both of those teams will be searching for their first conference win.
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