Rams Shut Down Lobos To Become Bowl Eligible


The Colorado State Rams are eligible to go to the post season for the fourth straight season. They did it by shutting down the New Mexico Lobos high powered option attack on their way to a 49-31 victory Saturday night in the final game at Hughes Stadium.

The Colorado State (6-5, MW 4-3) defense has had a tall order the last two weeks. Face the nation’s #3 rushing attack in Air Force last week and then turn around and face the nation’s #1 rushing team in New Mexico (7-4, MW 5-2). Luckily for the Rams, both teams run a triple option attack which meant that the concepts were, essentially, the same from week to week. While Air Force exposed Colorado State’s poor rush defense (#96 in the country), New Mexico failed to do so. The Rams defense held the Lobos to just 285 yard rushing which is well below the Lobos 347 yards the Lobos have averaged this season.

The Colorado State defense did wear down towards the end of the game and gave up two fourth quarter touchdowns which made the game closer on then it actually was. One of those late touchdowns was a 79 yard scamper by sophomore running back Tyrone Owens. Owens led the Lobos with 157 yards on the ground.

The Colorado State defense did it’s part and the offense responded with their most complete performance of the season. While New Mexico came in as the nations leading rushing program, it was the Colorado State rushing attack that stole the show out rushing the Lobos 412 to 285. At the end of the first half the Rams had 220 yards on the ground compared to the Lobos 57. That lead directly to Colorado State’s 28-10 halftime lead.

The Rams had three ball carriers with over 100 yards on the ground and four runners with a carry of over 30 yards.  Freshman Marvin Kinsey Jr had the longest run of the night. His 75 yard touchdown run was the Rams final score of the evening which put them up 49-17 with over a minute remaining in the third quarter.

Redshirt junior quarterback Nick Stevens continued his hot streak since being renamed the starter. Stevens was only 9/10 for164 yards but accounted for four touchdowns. Two through the air and two on the ground. Five of Stevens nine completions went to junior wideout Michael Gallup who went over 100 yards receiving for his third straight game. Gallup’s lone touchdown came on a 65 yard catch and run at the start of the second half that really crushed any hopes the Lobos had of coming back.

Colorado State sent Hughes Stadium out in style. They were able to put aside all of the distractions, come out and dominate a very good New Mexico team. The Rams travel to San Diego State on Saturday to close out the regular season. Kickoff is scheduled for 7pm MST and can be seen on CBS Sports Network.


Air Force Outlasts Colorado State in Mountain West Shootout


While the Pac 12 conference may get the headlines and hashtags for their late night, wild high-scoring games, this past Saturday the Mountain West conference was the place to see those games. No more so than the 49-46 shootout victory by Air Force over instate rivals Colorado State. It was a classic back and forth game that came down to the final possession.

Colorado State’s redshirt junior running back Dayln Dawkins set the tone for the evening when reeled off a 61 yard touchdown run a little over a minute into the game to put the Rams up 7-0. Dawkins would finish with 107 yards and 2 touchdowns to lead the Rams ground efforts but it was the Air Force ground game that would steal the show.

Air Force carved up the once proud Rams rushing defense. Led by junior running back Tim McVey, the Falcons rushed for 485 yards and 7 touchdowns. McVey account for 184 of those yards and 4 touchdowns but should have had a fifth. On his way to what would gave been his fourth touchdown early in the third quarter, McVey had the ball knocked away by a Rams defender and Falcons center Dylan Vail recovered the ball in the end zone putting the Falcons up 35-28.

Falcons sophomore quarterback Arion Worthman was right behind McVey in the rushing department. He had 143 yards on the ground and a touchdown in only his second start under center.

While the Falcons dominated on the ground, the Rams exposed Air Force through the air. Junior quarterback Nick Stevens moved the ball at will against the Falcons secondary finishing with 22/29 with 374 yards and 2 touchdowns. His favorite target was junior Michael Gallup who was on the receiving end of both of Stevens touchdown passes which went along with his 213 yards receiving.

The Rams made a major effort to get the ball to Gallup throughout the night. But as Gallup may giveth, Gallup also taketh away. On their way to a possible game winning touchdown, Stevens hit Gallup over the middle on a critical third and nine. Gallup made it to midfield before he was caught by an Air Force defender and fumbled the ball ending the Rams comeback hopes.

The loss put the Rams at 5-5 and their bowl hopes in jeopardy. They welcome Mountain division leading New Mexico on Saturday at the final game at Hughes Stadium and then have to travel to West division leaders San Diego State to close out the season. They need to win of these to make it to the post season.

Air Force on the other hand is in good shape. While tied with the Rams at 3-3 in conference, they are 7-3 overall and have already won the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy for the fourth time in the last seven years. They travel to San Jose State next Saturday and end the season at home against Boise State.


Orediggers End Season With Blowout Win


Colorado School of Mines Orediggers bus ride back to Golden from Spearfish, South Dakota won’t seem that long after they took the Black Hills State Yellow Jackets behind the woodshed with an 83-28 beating to close out the regular season.

The Orediggers have rode the arm of redshirt senior quarterback Justin Dvorak all year long. While Dvorak had another outstanding game (14-21 for 259 yards and 5 touchdowns) it was redshirt senior running back Sam Seeton who stole the show. The Ft Collins native finished with 204 yards on 24 carries and 2 touchdowns.

The Orediggers finish 9-2 and will have at least a share of at least a share of the 2016 RMAC title.

Lobos Ground Falcons In A Texas Shootout


Imagine if you will old school option football with modern day high scoring football. If you can then you would have loved the New Mexico Lobos vs Air Force Falcons game Saturday afternoon in Dallas, Texas. The Lobos bested the Falcons 45-40 in a game that was full of big plays.

The Lobos and Falcons combined for 974 yards of total offense and eight plays over 25 yards. The Lobos senior running back Teriyon Gipson had 140 yards on only nine carries and a touchdown to go along with a receiving touchdown. Meanwhile the Falcons senior wide receiver Jalen Robinette had seven catches for 184 yards and a touchdown.

The Lobos took the early lead and never relinquished it. They gashed the Falcons defense for 373 yards on the ground and forced Air Force senior quarterback Nate Romine to use his arm instead of his feet to keep pace. Romine held his own as a passer finishing 12/24 for 280 yards and a touchdown but it was an overthrow on a 4th and 10 with under a minute to go that sealed the Falcons fate.

The Falcons return home next week to face Mountain West Hawaii. Kickoff is scheduled for noon.


Orediggers Blowout Hardrockers


It was almost the same old story for the Colorado School of Mines Orediggers. Go up big early, take the foot off the gas and then let the opponent slowly chip away to make it interesting at the end. It was a change of pace on Saturday as the Orediggers kept their foot on the gas and took first place South Dakota School of Mines behind the woodshed on their way to a 56-28 victory.

The Orediggers jumped out to a 35-0 lead in the first quarter behind Mr. Everything redshirt senior quarterback Justin Dvorak. Dvorak accounted for four of the Orediggers five touchdowns in the quarter (two on the ground and two through the air). The Orediggers chewed up the Hardrockers on the ground with a season high 369 yards rushing and 217 of those coming in the first half.

It was also a record setting day in Golden as Dvorak became the RMAC all-time passing touchdowns leader and redshirt sophomore Brody Oliver broke the NCAA Division II record for touchdowns in a season by a tight end. Best part was that they both broke their respective records on the same play.

Dvorak finished with 324 yards and five passing touchdowns to go along with his 115 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Oliver finished with four receptions for 115 yards and two touchdowns.

The Orediggers move to 5-2, 4-2 within the RMAC. The travel to St George, Utah next Saturday to take on the Dixie State Trailblazers. Kickoff is scheduled for 1pm.


Trojans Put Down Buffaloes


Being ranked for the first time since 2005 didn’t bring the Colorado Buffaloes any luck as they fell to the USC Trojans 21-17 in Los Angeles. The Buffs high powered offense was kept in check by the Trojans defense even though the Trojans offense kept the Buffs in the game with 4 turnovers. In the end, the Trojans were too much for the Buffs bringing the Buffs to 4-2 and 2-1 in the PAC-12.

‘We just need to play Colorado football’, said running back Phillip Lindsey after the game. Lindsey was the Buffs offense. He finished with 57 yards on the ground with 37 of those coming on one carry. Lindsey was also the Buffs leading receiver with 105 yards.

Wide receiver Bryce Bobo had another impressive day. He had a career-high 7 catches in the first half and 10 overall with a touchdown. Even more impressive was his 67 yard touchdown pass to Lindsey on a catch and throw to put the Buffs on the board early in the second half.

The Trojans defense showed off their talent as they put the brakes on the Buffs high powered offense. The Buffs were held scoreless in the first half for the first time this year. From sideline to sideline, the Trojans bottled up the Buffs rushing attack to a season low 96 yards which put more pressure on redshirt freshman quarterback Steven Montez. Montez finished 25-40 for 197 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

The Buffs offensive issues meant that their defense had to spend over 32 minutes on the field trying to slow down the likes of Trojans junior wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster. On a day when the field temperature was over 90 degrees at kickoff, the Trojans eventually wore down the Buffs defense and held on to a four point win.

The Buffaloes return to Folsom Field for another PAC-12 South game next Saturday as they take on the Arizona State Sun Devils. It’s homecoming in Boulder with kickoff scheduled for 6pm MST. The game can been seen on the PAC-12 Network.

Border War Proves That The Cowboys Are For Real

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 10.3.2016

The 107th Border War, and the final one at Hughes Stadium, showed two football teams going in very different directions. The Wyoming Cowboys (3-2, 1-0) showed grit and perseverance while the Colorado State Rams (2-3, 0-1) saw their confidence shattered by two second quarter turnovers putting their 2016 season on the verge of disaster.

The Cowboys turned two second quarter turnovers into 14 points which proved to be the difference in the game. Colorado State’s Marvin Kinsey Jr fumble led to a double reverse, 30 yard touchdown pass by Josh Allen to Tanner Gentry giving the Cowboys a 17-14 lead and momentum.

The Rams true freshman quarterback Collin Hill played well, finishing with 370 yards in the air and a touchdown, but it was his interception returned by senior nose tackle Chase Appleby for touchdown that really broke the Rams back. That pick six put the Cowboys up 24-14 and despite a solid drive by the Rams capped with a field goal to cut the score to 24-17 at halftime, it was clear that the Cowboys were in command.

The second half was all about the Cowboys running attack. Bigger and bigger holes begun to open up for junior running back Brian Hill. Hill became the Cowboys all time leading rusher on a 39 yard run in the second quarter that set up a Cowboys touchdown and broke off a 49 yard run in the third quarter to set up yet another touchdown. He finished with 166 yards on the night on only 19 carries with one touchdown. The Cowboys had 269 yards on the ground on their way to a 38-17 victory. Their first win over the Rams since 2012.

The game really showed how far the Cowboys have come under third year head coach Craig Bohl. After a 2-10 2015 campaign, the Cowboys have turned things around in 2016 and should arguably be 4-1 instead of 3-2. Allen is proving to be a solid quarterback. Teams have challenged Allen to beat them by stacking eight or nine players in the box forcing Allen to throw. While Allen will not be mistaken John Elway anytime soon, you can see the confidence growing each and every week. This leads to defenses loosening up around the line of scrimmage which opens up running lanes for Hill.

The Rams on the other hand have yet to put a full game together. They have shown glimpses at times of being a solid football team but have yet to find the consistency that it takes to be a contender in the Mountain West Conference. Rams head coach Mike Bobo appears to have finally settled on Hill as the quarterback but turnovers have been their achilles heel. In their three losses, they have turned the ball over a total of eight times.

Bobo’s team is the complete opposite Bohl’s. Bohl’s has a lot of confidence right now and is improving each week while Bobo’s seems to be stuck in the mud and short on confidence. Both teams continue Mountain West play next week. The Cowboys welcome an undefeated Air Force team to Laramie while the Rams take on Utah State.

Defense Comes Up Big In Orediggers Victory

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 10.1.2016

It wasn’t always pretty but that doesn’t show up in the win – loss column. After a stellar first half, the Colorado School of Mines Orediggers (3-2) had to have the defense step up big in order to preserve a 45-35 win against the Fort Lewis College Skyhawks.

Redshirt senior quarterback Justin Dvorak was doing what he’s done all season, finding redshirt sophomore Brody Oliver for touchdowns. The two hooked up on three of Dvorak’s four touchdown passes on the day.

Up 31-14 at the half, the Skyhawks rattled off 21 unanswered points to put them up 35-31 at the end of the third quarter. Dvorak then led the Orediggers down the field and scored on an option run to the right to put the Orediggers back on top 38-31.


It was then the Orediggers that stepped up. Up 45-35 with the Skyhawks driving, it was a fumble recovery by Caleb Courkamp and then a late interception by redshirt junior Drew Stephon that sealed the win for the Orediggers and making the ride back to Golden a whole lot shorter.

The 3-2 Orediggers return home to the friendly confines of Marv Kay Stadium next Saturday to take on Azuza Pacific. Kickoff is scheduled for noon mountain time.

Freshmen Get The Job Done. Almost.

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 9.25.2016

It wasn’t the ideal situation for the Colorado Buffaloes but they found a way to get the job done with a redshirt freshman quarterback. Meanwhile the Colorado State Rams proved that they are a ways away from primetime with their rotating quarterback system.

Buffaloes redshirt freshman Steven Montez looked like a salty veteran quarterback at times during the Buffs 41-38 victory over the Oregon Ducks. Montez did it with his arm and his legs and in the process became the first Buffaloes quarterback ever to have 300 passing yards and 100 rushing yards in a single game.

While it was the defense that came up big in the end for the Buffs, proving that they can go on the road, in conference with a quarterback making his first start and come away with the win proves that this team has arrived.

The Rams of Colorado State on the other hand showed that there is still a long way to go in their 31-24 loss to Minnesota. True freshman Collin Hill got a rude awaking to big time college football after his stellar performance a week ago. Hill was crushed by Gaelin Elmore in the second quarter. Hill’s helmet went flying off and he fumbled the ball.

Head coach Mike Bobo rotated Hill with senior transfer Faton Bauta throughout the game. It broke down like this, when Bauta was in the Rams would run a read option, when Hill was in, the Rams had some semblance of a passing game. Sometimes the two would rotate plays in a single series essentially tipping their hand to the Minnesota defense.

Hill didn’t play poorly nor did he light up the place like Montez did for the Buffs. While the Rams showed a lot of grit in their loss, it was blatantly obvious that they have yet to find an identity on offense.

The Buffaloes return home to face off against Oregon State while the Rams take on the Wyoming Cowboys in the 107th edition of the Border War.

Execution Costs Cowboys

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 9.23.2016

The Wyoming Cowboys are a better football team than they were a year ago but that doesn’t mean they aren’t without their faults. Their faults are turnovers and inability to convert on third down. Those faults caught up to them again as they lost their second game and second road game of the year to the Eagles of Eastern Michigan 27-24 on Friday night.

Turnovers were the story of the game for both sides. The Cowboys struck first with a 68 yard interception return for a touchdown by sophomore Marcus Epps. It was one of two interceptions for Epps, four interceptions overall and the first of two pick sixes for the Cowboys. The second came via redshirt freshman linebacker Logan Wilson to put the Cowboys up 24-20 with 13:26 left in the fourth quarter.

Despite the four interceptions by the Cowboys defense which led to all of the Pokes 24 points, the Eagles were the only ones to stop themselves. They finished the night with 500 yards of total offense, 239 of that coming on the ground.

The Cowboys won the turnover battle but one of their two fumbles, both by senior wide receiver Tanner Gentry, led to the Eagles tying the game at 17 right before halftime.

While the turnovers hurt, it was the inability to convert on third down that sealed the Cowboys fate. The Pokes were 4 of 13 on third down and were unable to convert a key third and six in their own territory with 2:49 remaining in the fourth quarter. They had to punt the ball away and five plays later Eagles freshman Ian Eriksen scored the game winning touchdown on a 15 yard run.

Despite the turnovers and lack of third down conversions, the Cowboys had a chance to win. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Josh Allen scrambled on third and goal and hurdled a defender for what appeared to be the go ahead touchdown towards the end of the third quarter. After review it showed that Allen was down before the ball crossed the goal line. With a fourth and goal from the one foot line, Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl chose to go to the touchdown only to have a procedure call thwart those plans back up the Cowboys five yards. The ensuing field goal was blocked keeping the Eagles 20-17 lead intact heading into the fourth quarter. That was as close the Cowboys offense would get to the endzone again.

The 2-2 Cowboys must now recover and go on the road again next weekend to take on their arch rival the Colorado State Rams. It will be the 107th meeting between the two schools and the last one ever at Hughes Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8:15pm and can bee seen on ESPNU.

Rocky Mountain Recap of Week 3

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 9.18.2016

It was an up and down weekend for rocky mountain football teams. Colorado State may have finally settled on a quarterback, Colorado may have lost one and Colorado School of Mines had theirs lead a comeback that came up a field goal shot.

Colorado State’s true freshman Collin Hill staked his claim to the starting quarterback job as he went 21/27 for 315 yards and 4 touchdowns. That is more yards and touchdowns than the quarterback position had in the first two games combined. His performance combined with the Rams defense once again shutting down the oppositions rushing attack led the Rams to a 47-21 victory over in-state rival Northern Colorado.

Colorado’s Sefo Liufau came out on fire as the Buffs jumped out to a 14-0 lead at Michigan. The Buffs good fortunes didn’t last as Michigan began to flex their Big Ten muscle in the second quarter on their way to a 45-28 victory.

When Liufau left the game in the third quarter with an ankle injury, so did the Buffs chances of pulling off the upset. His backup, Steven Montez, didn’t complete a pass the rest of the game. Liufau finished 16/25 for 246 yards and 3 touchdowns.

The Colorado School of Mines may have had the most heartbreaking loss of the weekend. The Orediggers high powered offense was held to just 6 points in the first half of their game against Colorado Mesa. While they stormed back with a chance to win the game in regulation, it was turnovers and the kicking game that let them down in a 41-40 double overtime thriller.

Down 20-6 in the third quarter, Orediggers redshirt senior quarterback Justin Dvorak threw two fourth quarter touchdowns to tie the game. One of the touchdowns was a beautiful back shoulder throw to redshirt senior Ty Young who made an equally beautiful one handed grab.

Despite an interception on an ill-advised throw a series earlier, Dvorak led the Orediggers down the field setting up a chance at a game winning field that freshman Scott Marshall pushed wide to the right.

Overtime only added to the drama. After matching touchdowns in the first overtime, Mesa scored on their third play from scrimmage and then forced the Orediggers into a fourth down and 12th. Dvorak saw an opening, tucked the ball and bolted for the pylon to make it 41-40. Then the extra point was blocked to give Mesa the win.

Dvorak continued to put up impressive numbers. He finished 47/67 for 485 yards and 4 touchdowns. This made him the Orediggers all time leader in touchdowns, yards and completions. He is now the only Orediggers quarterback to ever throw for over 10,000 yards in his career.

Buffs Blowout The Bengals

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 9.11.2016

The Colorado Buffaloes are hitting on all cylinders. After two games they have won by a combined score of 100-14. That includes the 56-7 thrashing of the Idaho State Bengals at Folsom Field on Saturday.

The Buffs came out on fire. They scored touchdowns on seven of their eight series for a 49-0 first half lead. Sefo Liufau threw for 204 yards, ran for 54 and scored three touchdowns (two passing and one running). Unlike the season opener against Colorado State, head coach Mike MacIntyre pulled the senior quarterback late in the first half.

MacIntyre’s son Jay led the Buffs with 6 receptions but it was junior wideout Kabion Ento who stole the show. He had his first two receptions of the season and both were touchdowns. His stats, two catches for 88 yards and two touchdowns.

This was the final tune up for the Buffs before they travel to #5 Michigan on Saturday. The game kicks off at 1:30pm MST and can be seen on the BigTen Network.

Rams Get First Win In Ugly Fashion

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 9.10.2016

Let’s call it like it is, Colorado State Rams head coach Mike Bobo is having trouble finding a quarterback. Despite this massive issue, Colorado State were able to hold on and defeat UTSA 23-14 in the opener and final season at Hughes Stadium.

Rams starting quarterback Faton Bauta finished 6/17 for 82 yards. He repeatedly missed open receivers and at one point was booed by the hometown crowd. True freshman Collin Hill got a shot and completed a key 3rd and 5 in the 4th quarter to keep a drive alive that eventually saw Wyatt Bryan knock through a 46 yard field goal for the first and only points of the second half. Hill finished 2/6 for 26 yards and was rotating with Bauta on the game sealing drive.

The Rams defense was the star of the game. The held an anemic UTSA offense to -1 yards on the ground and sophomore Braylin Scott intercepted UTSA quarterback Dalton Sturm to seal the victory for the Rams.

While rushing for 68 yards with a touchdown, redshirt junior Daylan Dawkins was held out of the second half and had a wrap on his left leg.

The Rams will look to improve to 2-1 as they take on Northern Colorado next Saturday. Kickoff is set for 2pm MST.

Huskers Pour It On In 4th Qtr To Defeat Cowboys

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 9.10.2016

28 unanswered points. That was how many points Nebraska scored in the 4th quarter to take down the Wyoming Cowboys.

The Cowboys were hanging tough three quarters, trailing only 24-17 with the difference being a pick six thrown by Cowboys quarterback Josh Allen. It was one of five interceptions thrown by the sophomore.The pick six was the beginning of the end for the Wyoming who had six turnovers overall.

The Cowboys defensive backfield didn’t help matters. They were torched for passed of 63, 55, 38, 39 and 35 yards. Huskers quarterback Tommy Armstrong JR threw for 377 yards and three touchdowns.

Brian Hill, Wyoming’s All Conference running back, was held to 49 yards on 17 carriers. Senior wide receiver Tanner Gentry had a solid day with 7 catches for 124 yards and a touchdown.

The Cowboys return home and take on the UC Davis Aggies next Saturday. The Aggies gave Oregon more than they bargained for last weekend. Kickoff is scheduled for 2pm MST.

Buffs Roll Over Rams

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 9.2.2016

The 88th edition of the Rocky Mountain Showdown wasn’t much of a showdown at all. It was a one sided, behind the woodshed thrashing by the Colorado Buffaloes over the Colorado State Rams. The biggest concern for the Buffaloes after this 44-7 victory is will they let the success go to their heads?

The Buffaloes senior quarterback Sefo Liufau showed no ill effects from his foot injury that end his season a year ago. Liufau was in complete control of the new uptempo offense installed by first year co-offensive coordinator Darrin Chiaverini.

“We knew we could do a lot of things against this defense that they were coming out with,”stated Liufau who finished 23-33 for 318 yards and one touchdown. “We just gotta be more consistent in the second half I think there was a little bit of a drop off.”

The Buffaloes offense was snapping the ball as quickly as 15 seconds after the previous play putting the young Colorado State Rams defense on their heels right from the start. Liufau marched the Buffaloes up and down the field on their way to a 31-0 halftime lead capped by a spectacular 46 yard catch by junior wide receiver Bryce Bobo to set up a Phillip Lindsey touchdown.

“We came out in the game fast and that was important,” said fourth year Buffaloes head coach Mike MacIntyre after the game. “I think we should be a top PAC-12 defense.” That defense held the Rams to just 79 yards of total offense in the first half and didn’t get their initial first down until there was 10:42 remaining in the second quarter.

Senior defensive back Chidobe Awuzie led the swarming Buffaloes defense. Awuzie intercepted Rams quarterback Nick Stevens to set up the Buffaloes final scoring drive right before halftime. Stevens finished 6-20 for 31 yards and two interceptions.

There wasn’t much for the Rams to hang their hat on except for redshirt junior running back Daylan Dawkins performance. He rushed for 88 yards on 14 carries along with a 35 yard kickoff return. Head coach Mike Bobo and his staff have a lot to work on before their next game against Northern Colorado on Saturday.

Despite the Buffaloes dominating performance, they too have a lot to work on. They turned the ball over twice, settled for field goals and gave up some big runs in the second half. They should be able to get most of that fixed in time for next week’s home game against the Idaho State Bengals.