Where we you on November 21, 2009? I can tell you where I was - angry and frustrated in front of a television watching my Rams fall to the New Mexico Lobos in Albuquerque during a 3-9 season in which CSU did not win a single conference game. Since that day, CSU has rattled off eleven straight victories against the Lobos including this past weekend's Homecoming blowout of our southern neighbors. Now that is a freaking streak...
The story of the game this week was the absolute mockery CSU made of the New Mexico offense after their true freshman starting quarterback wrote checks that his side of the ball could not cash.
Interesting quote in the ABQ Journal from Lobos freshman QB CJ Montes who is likely to make his first college start tonight vs CSU:— Brian Roth (@BrianHRoth) October 16, 2021
"Schematically, we should run through these guys. What (offensive coordinator Derek Warehime) has for us, I think we should blow these guys out.”
Um... buddy... this was your final stat line...
“I think we should blow these guys out.”— Colorado State Football (@CSUFootball) October 17, 2021
Needless to say, it was a great day. The weather was beautiful, the stadium was packed, the leaves around campus were changing colors, the defense straight up dominated the Lobos, the offense put up 36 points, and my predicted victory came to fruition.
The Lobos scored zero offensive points. The Lobos ended the game with 69 total yards of offense. The Lobos ended the game averaging less than one yard per pass attempt (LESS THAN ONE YARD PER ATTEMPT!!). The Lobos ended the game averaging 1.5 yards per carry. The Lobos were 2-12 on third down and 0-1 on fourth down. The Lobos had three turnovers (one fumble and two interceptions).
When I say that the defensive effort on Saturday was historic, I'm not being hyperbolic. They actually made history.
After a correction, the final official yardage total allowed by @CSUFootball last night is 69 yards.— Colorado State Stats and Info (@CSUStatsInfo) October 17, 2021
A 10-yard difference was corrected on the intentional grounding penalty.
The YPP record is now 1.2. https://t.co/r2n0osW6hv
Toddy Centeio and the offense pumped out the most points the Rams have scored in any game this year, scoring 36 on three touchdowns and five field goals. Does this make me excited? A little. But New Mexico was clearly outclassed and the Rams kicked FIVE FIELD GOALS. A quick breakdown of the field goals:
- First and goal at the 7. Three straight runs to the 3 yard line, kick a field goal.
- First and 10 at the 29. Run, sack, incomplete, kick a field goal.
- First and 10 at the 23. Run, run, sack, kick a field goal.
- First and 10 at the 12. Run, sack, completion, kick a field goal.
- First and goal at the 10. Run, run (defensive penalty), run, run, kick a field goal.
- Utah State in Logan - the Aggies have been a roller coaster this season, but they have averaged 29 points including 324 yards passing per game. With the weakness of our defense residing in the secondary, USU should put up points.
- Boise State in Fort Collins - we have never beat them. Ever.
- Wyoming in Laramie - Wyoming has been craptastic this season, but this is a rivalry game in their home stadium. They will show up.
- Air Force in Fort Collins - The Falcon's lone loss this season was against Utah State where they put up 45 points.
- The student section - even after the first two home losses, they continue to show up for the games. It is so encouraging to see the lower east stands fill in before kickoff.
- The effort - while the results may not be fully what we want, this team does not quit or let up. The effort has been high from kick to final whistle.
- Tailgating - missing a year of fall days in Fort Collins with some of my favorite people was a bummer. Being back on campus has been so incredibly wonderful.
- The student section - did I mention the students?