Mr. X, the backdoor straight guy

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Dec 162002
Authors: Ryan Owens

Greetings, and welcome back my loyal readers, fans and appalled southerners, to another edition of bizarre sex acts with Ryan.

This week I introduce to you to an acquaintance of mine, whom I will refer to as Mr. X from here on in.

Mr. X has been happily married to his wife, Mrs. X, for several years now.

Unlike most males his age, Mr. X is a bit different in that he enjoys the pleasures of the “backyard” (otherwise known as anilingus or rimming).

Dude! That’s gay, isn’t it?

Actually, no. Mr. X is a “0” on the Kinsey scale (0 – Exclusively heterosexual, no homosexual tendencies).

So if you’re anything like me, you’re probably as confused as I was at first.

Myths of masculinity

With the exception of Mr. X, most men believe that rimming (or anything involving “backyard” pleasures) equates to homosexuality.

This just isn’t true. Although anal stimulation carries with it extreme sexual taboo, it is a common practice among one third of American adults – straight, bisexual and gay, men and women.

Although much smaller numbers engage in anal intercourse, gentle stimulation from fingers, the tongue or toys can be highly pleasurable for many because of richness of nerve endings in the area.

Communication – a lost skill?

As with any new intimate activity, communicating feelings about comfort levels is crucial. Never just “test the waters” during intimate encounters without first developing consensus with your partner.

While intimacy between two people who love and care about each other should be without shame, many are very uncomfortable about being touched there without their prior consent.

As was the case with Mr. X, many men are initially afraid to communicate their feelings about that region of the body.

However, because Mrs. X was able to express her interest in experimenting with anal intercourse, it became more comfortable for Mr. X to begin talking about his desires as well.

The moral of the story: communicating sexual feelings with your partner could reveal shared interests.

A little soapy foreplay…

As with any encounter, ensuring that your body is cleanly is a natural aphrodisiac for your partner. Being comfortable with your partner’s body – as well as your own – helps ease the awkwardness of any new act of intimacy.

Showering or bathing together can be erotic, while at the same time reassuring to your partner that the “backyard” is adequately clean.

A scented body wash – in conjunction with a soft loofah – can be aromatic and arousing way to add a little foreplay, and ensure hygiene to your encounter.

Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto

Engaging in any new sexual activity should be at a slow, comfortable pace. If you and your partner find you are comfortable with each other’s bodys and feel ready to experiment with anal stimulation, begin with gentle touching. Using a small amount of personal lubricant will add to the sensation.

Once you both feel comfortable with gentle touching in the area, you may want to consider new methods such as a small, slender vibrator.

Slowly acclimate your partner to the sensations of the vibrator by stimulating areas such as the calves, inner thighs and genitals, gradually working your way to the vicinity of the “backyard.”

Keeping the intensity of the vibrator to a minimal amount, slowly begin to stimulate your partner, and never insert the vibrator internally without talking to your partner about it first.

Many men may find that a vibrator is too intense for them – so if you or your partner become uncomfortable at any time, stop and find other, more familiar ways to be intimate with one and other.

Once you both feel comfortable with manual or vibrator stimulation, you may want to consider “rimming” (clinically known as anilingus).

When in a “69” position, many find it extremely arousing to rim their partner while receiving fellatio or cunnilingus. Again, just be respectful of your partner’s comfort boundaries.

My closing note:

Over the course of the past few weeks, I’ve received a lot of praise, and some concern for the content of my columns.

The nature of the column deals with issues of sexuality, plain and simple.

The subjects will be highly controversial at times. So the bottom line here – if you are offended by sexual content, the headline to my columns are indicative of the content. Don’t read it if you don’t approve.

Ryan Owens is a junior technical communication major and welcomes your questions, comments, polaroids and hate mail to:

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It’s been a great semester

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Dec 162002
Authors: the Collegian Editorial Board

Greetings fellow students!

Today is the first day of finals and like the rest of you, we are staying up late soaking our brains with caffeine, all in preparation of the most important week of the semester.

It can get a bit rough for students around this time. Many of you are making plans for the break, looking for jobs and stressing out about the holidays. Plus add the stress of trying to finish all your projects and study for all your tests.

As fellow students, all we can say is try to take it easy on yourself and not stress out. Plan your week, get plenty of sleep and take breaks when needed.

Just think – in four more days, you will be on break and free for a month. And if you are graduating, then this will be your last time dealing with “dead week.”

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our readers. We have had an exciting semester. Issues from the Westboro protest, the smoking ordinance, and the abortion display early this semester have made it unique for students and student reporters here at The Collegian.

We hope that Our View was able to stimulate dialogue and get many of you thinking about the issues we faced this year.

We never think we are an authority on these issues and we always welcome feedback and criticisms.

Next semester, more issues will come up and we hope you look to Our View as a source to provide perspective and analysis of those issues.

So from all of us at the Collegian, have a great break and we look forward to mixing it up next semester.

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‘Tis the Season

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Dec 162002
Authors: Laura Standley

As the holiday season hits its peak, so does the spirit of giving. Charities say the time has come to help out neighbors and those less fortunate so that they, too, may have a very merry holiday season. Opportunities to contribute are vast even though some events have already come and gone.

One event that is rapidly approaching is the United Way’s annual “Resolution Run.” The run is held on New Year’s Eve at 7 p.m. in partnership with First Night, an organization for non-alcoholic events. Runners are encouraged to dress up and the will be given a prize if they are deemed wearing one of the top three costumes.

“Last year’s winning team was a Santa and reindeer that were tied together,” said Dawn Paepke, the campaign director for Larimer County United Way. Paepke said in general the costumes are holiday-oriented.

Pre-registration is $20 and race day registration is $25. Also, donations are accepted at the race and all proceeds benefit the United Ways of Larimer County.

“We get over 800 runners for the Resolution Run,” Paepke said.

The Larimer County Food Bank is another way to get into the spirit of donation or volunteering.

For each dollar donated, the Food Bank can distribute $10.20 worth of food. Sabrina Arch, the volunteer coordinator at the Food Bank said this is possible for two reasons:

“Because we have such a great volunteer commitment… and because we don’t pay for food,” she said.

Arch said this time of year is defiantly the height of both food and money donations and there are massive requests for volunteer opportunities.

“There is a small percentage of student volunteers because work takes place during the day when students are in school,” Arch said. However, she said student interest in volunteering at the Food Bank is on the rise.

Volunteering at the Food Bank means working in a warehouse to bag food and repackage bulk food donations to create a more suitable amount for a family.

“Volunteer opportunities are on an as-needed basis,” Arch said.

The Food Bank accepts donations Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 1301 Blue Spruce St.

Even though the technical deadline to donate to soldiers in the demilitarized zone in Korea has lapsed, people are still encouraged to donate past the deadline, according to a press release from Battalion Capt. Mike Curtis of the United Nations Command Security Battalion.

Soldiers like items such as playing cards, stationery, unused cards, stamps, candy, drink mixes, disposable cameras, word puzzles and Gillette Mach 3 razors, according to Curtis. However, he emphasized that one should use their imagination when picking out something to send.

If sending baked goods, they should be priority-mailed so they may be received while still fresh. Curtis said Christmas decorations or Santa hats are appreciated as well if mailed early enough.

The CSU service-based Hesperia club is getting into the spirit as well.

“We’re working with the Department of Human Services with the “Adopt a Family” program and we’re preparing food baskets,” said Hannah Pendelton, the president of Hesperia.

“If students want to help they can contact me and we’ll find a way for them to help out,” Pendelton said.

A couple events that have come and gone are the Beau Jo’s donations for the United Way and CSU’s Applied Human Science College Council’s (APHSCC) Christmas party.

From Dec 2nd to the 8th, Beau Jo’s customers were able to bring in a United Way flier. By doing so, 20 percent of their meal was donated to United Way.

“It was a success; anything helps at this time of the year,” said Ryan Parker, the general manager of Beau Jo’s in Old Town.

The APHSCC held their annual Christmas party for Even Start participants. According to Christy Benson, the president of the APHSCC, the Even Start is a literacy program for lower income families.

“It’s a program [participants] go through every day and we give them a Christmas party,” Benson said.

“[APHSCC] is a leadership group within the college [of applied human sciences] that also serves as the governing body of the college,” she said. Though the group usually puts on its annual Christmas party alone, this year they accepted help from education classes at CSU.”

There are numerous donation opportunities online as well.

The Salvation Army’s “The Angel Giving Tree” Web site makes it possible for people to pick out a gift online to purchase for a child who may not receive a gift otherwise. The program is based out of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Another online donation site is the Habitat for Humanity’s “Gift from the Heart” program. Donors can chose to donate between $10 for a floor joist up to $250 for 50 bundles of roof shingles. The people benefiting from the donation will also receive a card telling them who donated the money to them.

For CSU students the giving season might be tough to participate in.

“I’m not donating because I don’t have money to even pay for my own food,” said Matt Epstein, a junior graphics design major. Although he said that he has dropped money in the Salvation Army buckets outside of grocery stores.

For other students, donating is something they do year round.

“We give clothes whenever they call from the Cerebral Palsy and also the ARC,” said Kiley O’Brien, a junior art major.

“I donated $50 to the church on Shields, St. John’s,” said Pat Dogherty, a junior economics major. “I think charities are a wonderful way to get in the holiday spirit,” he said.

Charitable Organizations:

United Way of Larimer County 970-407-7000

Contact for sending donations to soldiers in Korea or Mike Curtis, UNCSB-JSA, UNIT 15162 Box 103, APO AP 96251-5162 ( be sure to include your address and a note to the soldiers if desirable)

Salvation Army 970-207-4472

Hannah Pendelton, Hesperia

Sabrina Arch, Larimer County Food Bank 970-493-4477

Habitat for Humanity “Gifts from the Heart”

Salvation Army “The Angel Giving Tree”

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Conservation programs save money

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Dec 162002
Authors: Helyna Bledsoe

Thanks to energy conservation programs implemented in the 1980s, CSU has saved over 28 million dollars over the past fifteen years.

“CSU borrowed 12 million dollars in the mid-80s to change energy systems,” said John Morris, CSU facilities manager.

New air handling systems were installed, lighting was changed, and insulation was added to cut down on campus utility costs. Last year, CSU began to turn down the heat in classrooms to help save over $53,000.

“Our first priority is to eliminate energy waste,” said Brian Chase, director of facilities management in a recent energy conservation press release. “We’ve been active in our conservation efforts for years, so there aren’t a lot of quick fixes left out there. Most of what we’ll be doing in the future will require an investment to gain meaningful savings.”

To help conserve water, the University Village apartments installed low-flow faucets, low-flow toilets, and water reducing showerheads.

“CSU uses 95% raw water for irrigation,” said Morris. “We’re working on getting the other 5% (from raw water).”

CSU students should be conscientious of water use, said Morris.

“Students can take shorter showers and wash on cold cycles,” said Morris. “Since we are lowering temperatures in classrooms, students should dress for the weather.”

The biggest problem Morris notices in regards to energy conservation is students in the classroom.

“You see one student in a classroom when they could be somewhere else, using less energy,” said Morris. He suggests students study in places where the light is always on, such as the library or the Lory Student Center.

CSU is a leader in energy conservation and many businesses look to the campus for energy saving strategies, said Morris.

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Campus Calendar

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Dec 162002
Authors: Collegian Staff

Campus Calendar


A, the CSU undergraduate literary magazine, is taking submissions for poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction. Submissions are due by Dec. 15 and can be brought to Eddy 359. Questions can be emailed to

The National Security Education Program is offering a scholarship with a maximum award of $10,000 for a semester or $20,000 for a full year. Selection is based on merit and the amount granted is based on program costs and consideration for student financial need. The deadline is Jan. 17, 2003 and applications are available online at For more information, contact Jason Kinnear at or call at 491-5917.

To contribute to the campus calendar come to the Campus Media offices (in the student center basement) and fill out a form. Forms can also be completed online at Campus calendar is printed on Monday and Thursday in The Collegian.

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Tuition to be raised for more than 140 credits

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Dec 162002
Authors: Amy Bergstrom

Sending more students to college could come at the expense of students already in college.

In an effort to send more students on to higher education, at their Nov. 22 meeting, the Colorado Commission on Higher Education and the Governors Blue Ribbon Panel worked on a proposal to develop a college savings account to send students to school that might not be able to go otherwise.

However, in order to create the savings account, the CCHE and Blue Ribbon Panel would also limit the number of state-subsidized credit hours for in-state students to 140.

“To make the stipend worth something, you can’t subsidize kids going to school forever,” said Joan Ringel, spokesperson for the CCHE.

What the proposal involves, Ringel said, is providing $4,000 a year for four years to send Colorado students to a university in Colorado. At the same time, students would lose their in-state subsidization for credits over 140.

Losing in-state subsidization could result in an increase of around $5,000 a year for tuition, Ringel said, but this would still be less than the tuition for out-of-state students.

For students already in college, they would be grandfathered in, Ringel said, meaning that a current student of sophomore standing or above would have in-state subsidization for 140 credits more than the number of credits they already have. Incoming freshmen, however, would only receive in-state subsidization for 140 credits.

“The people involved with the Blue Ribbon Panel are very excited about this, but it will take some time to sort out,” Ringel said. The soonest that the plan could be implemented would be next September, but Ringel said that it most likely wouldn’t go into effect until the fall of 2005.

“The 140 cap was decided on in November, but it has to go through the legislators,” Ringel said. “Anything could happen when 100 legislators have their handprint in it.”

In the meantime, ASCSU will fight the proposal. The students most likely to be affected are the students with double majors and diverse interests, said Dave Bower, president of ASCSU.

“A lot of times it’s the best students who go above the credit limit,” Bower said.

Ringel, however, said that the feeling is that it wouldn’t be hurting too many students, since most students don’t actually take more than 140 credits.

Bower said that ASCSU will start talking to people at the Capitol, trying to show them what kind of students are going above 140 credits. “If a lot of them actually listen, we might actually be able to eliminate the idea,” he said.

ASCSU is attempting to get professional advising at the state level, but needs the administration to sign a contract to hire the person, which it has not yet done, Bower said.

The credit cap has the potential to affect many of CSU’s in-state students, which make up approximately 78 percent of the students, Bower said.

“The Senate has talked to a lot of students, and we don’t know a lot of students who are gung-ho about limiting the amount of education,” he said.

The cap would also discourage students from double majoring, said Lisa Zimprich, a senior majoring in psychology. “It limits a student’s ability to pursue their interests, and it forces them to come in with a major and to stick with that major.”

Zimprich also says that a credit cap would shake the entire objective of education. “The purpose of education is for students to fulfill their dreams and potential. If we put a cap on that, we need to rethink the goals of education,” she said.

A credit cap might also discourage students from staying in state, said Kali Kerns, a freshman Spanish major. “If I have to pay more, then I should just go out-of-state and get that experience,” Kerns said.

Ringel said that the Blue Ribbon Panel met Thursday to decide on an outline of the proposal to be sent to the governor in January.

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Rams behind Van Pelt as practice resumes

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Dec 162002
Authors: Reed Saunders

Two days after his arrest outside a local bar, Bradlee Van Pelt and the rest of his Ram teammates returned to the practice field for the first time in two weeks and had what head coach Sonny Lubick called a normal practice.

Though the work on the field might have been routine, the post-practice interview session was more crowded than usual, with most of the attention focusing on Van Pelt.

The junior quarterback was charged with verbal harrassment, a misdemeanor, early Friday morning, and spent the night at the Larimer County Dentention Center and was released after posting $150 bond.

After returning to the practice field two days later, Van Pelt said he was still surprised at his arrest.

“I could understand if I was pushing through a crowd or taking swings at people, but when you say two or three words to someone and they arrest you on the spot without even knowing the story, it’s sometimes hard to swallow,” Van Pelt said. “What happened probably happened 50 times that night to different people.”

What happened, according to Van Pelt, was a brief verbal and non-violent exchange between him and another bar-goer, who was not identified.

“A guy was yelling at me, I shouted back at him, the cop was right there,” Van Pelt said. “It was simply a little argument and to all of a sudden be handcuffed and put in the back of a paddywagon was surprising.”

Lubick said he would have to find out the facts from the police report before he and his coaches made any decision on punishment for Van Pelt.

“He’s sorry for it, but we still have to do something because he’s Bradlee Van Pelt,” Lubick said. “We addressed it yesterday in front of the whole team when Bradlee was there. What it all comes down to is because you’re a football player, you get a lot of rewards, a lot of nice things. But when things are going bad, you’d better be ready to deal with those things, too.”

Lubick did not give a timetable for when a punishment would be issued or whether such punishment will involve Van Pelt’s playing time in the Liberty Bowl.

Whatever the punishment, Van Pelt said he would accept it and do his best to move on and focus on the bowl game.

“They’ll sit down, they’ll come up with a punishment for me and I’ll accept that punishment,” Van Pelt said. “I really, truly believe that it shouldn’t affect the bowl game because it was a non-violent thing.”

CSU teammates were supportive of Van Pelt and some shared his surprise at being arrested.

“Guys are guys, guys get drunk and they get stupid. And when it’s just a little bit of jawing like that I just don’t think that’s grounds to arrest somebody,” said CSU linebacker Drew Wood. “He didn’t throw a punch, he didn’t do anything wrong.”

Cornerback Dexter Wynn echoed Wood’s sentiments and said he and other teammates would stand by Van Pelt.

“Bradlee’s always going to be there for us and we’re always going to be there for Bradlee,” Wynn said. “This doesn’t change anything for us as a team.”

Lubick said the team would take off Monday and Tuesday of finals week before resuming light workouts on Wednesday and Thursday.

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Match made in Memphis

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Dec 122002
Authors: Jason Graziadei

The long and winding road of CSU’s record 13-game schedule ends later this month when the No. 23-ranked Rams head back to Memphis for the AXA Liberty Bowl for the third time in four years.

Awaiting the Rams in Tennessee will be the Conference-USA co-champions, the Texas Christian Horned Frogs.

No doubt this will be a case of an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object.

The Rams’ offense (unstoppable force), led by Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Year Bradlee Van Pelt, is averaging 31.9 points per game and ranks No. 17 in the nation in rushing offense.

The Horned Frog’s defense (immovable object) is as stingy as they come. Ranked second overall in the nation, TCU’s defenders only give up a slim 62.6 rushing yards per game.

Both teams have begun gearing up for the 1:30 p.m. New Year’s Eve match-up that will be broadcast on ESPN, and the Rams begin full practices over the weekend.

While CSU won the MWC outright to earn a bid to Memphis, the Frogs tied for the conference championship with Cincinnati. Despite the fact that TCU lost to Cincinnati 36-29 in its first game of the season, the Frogs were still selected by Liberty Bowl officials to face CSU.

The Rams will have to earn a victory if they hope to stay ranked in the top 25, and a win would also mark only the second 11-win season in CSU history. The Rams’ Liberty Bowl berth marks the first time in school history that the Rams will play in four consecutive post-season bowls.

After a promising 6-5 season in 2001, second-year head coach Gary Patterson led the Frogs to eight straight wins this year after the opening loss to Cincinnati. At 9-2 overall, the Frogs have put together their best season since 2000, when TCU had the services of LaDainian Tomlinson, now the starting running back for the San Diego Chargers.

The Rams, meanwhile, are looking to lose the sour taste that was left in their mouths after losing the regular-season finale to UNLV in Hughes Stadium. Until that loss the Rams had been riding a six-game winning streak and were ranked as high as No. 13 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.

With the Frogs’ tough run defense, the game could be decided by the performance of the Rams’ record-breaking running back Cecil Sapp. With 1,495 rushing yards on the season, Sapp surpassed Steve Bartalo for the single-season rushing record, and also ran for 17 touchdowns. But if the Frogs are able to contain “The Diesel,” and force Van Pelt to make plays through the air, the game could swing to TCU.

The game may be far from the sunny destinations of other bowls, but the Liberty Bowl did get the best teams from the MWC and Conference-USA, and it should make for a solid, competitive game.

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Ackerman:Be careful what you wish for

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Dec 122002
Authors: Jon Ackerman

Every year, I make a Christmas list.

By no means do I ever get everything I want, but I always put the most long-shot items on there, ’cause you never know how generous the parents will be.

This year, the wish list goes something like this:

– A Broncos game scheduled no later than 9 a.m. For whatever reason, those little, choking sissies can’t function after sunset. Maybe it’s because Mike Shanahan’s thought process on play calling resembles that of a preschooler, or it could be because Jason Elam lacks as much kick as a Mike’s Hard Lemonade. If a game were played in the early morning, maybe the game wouldn’t come down to the foot of Elam, who is probably throwing games because he didn’t get the contract he wanted.

– A convincing – and I mean throttling – win in the Liberty Bowl. CSU lost just two games through 12 games, so to have two losses in the last two games would tarnish the sweet season that this year was. Cecil Sapp set a new school rushing record, Bradlee Van Pelt was voted the Mountain West’s offensive player of the year and Sonny Lubick signed on for the rest of his career. Besides, the Broncos are already falling apart. I can’t handle two choke artists.

– Some sort of deal where the Avalanche doesn’t have to play home games. The Avs are 3-5-5 at home while 6-3-3 on the road. And for that matter, don’t let the Broncos play here, either. They’ve lost three straight at home. Both teams should trade places with the Expos and play some home games in Puerto Rico.

– Rick Reilly, the back-page columnist for Sports Illustrated, to take the place of Woody Paige, a Denver Post sports columnist, as the Denver representative on ESPN’s “Around the Horn.” I had a lot of respect for Paige until he opened his mouth and started making us all look like schmucks. Here’s the top sports broadcasting network in the nation saying Denver has one of the top five sports markets in the country, and we have Paige speaking for us? Reilly lives in Denver – put him on the show. He’ll put Dallas, Boston, L.A. and Chicago all to shame.

– A national championship in a CSU women’s sport. Let’s just face it, it’s not gonna happen with our men. We’re in the wrong conference. But perennially, we have one of the best volleyball and women’s basketball teams in the country. There’s a more level playing field in women’s sports, and we actually have the reputation to bring in some top recruits to really bring home a big prize.

– The Nuggets to make the prospector their official mascot again. Or at least bring rainbow downtown back. The team will never stand out with its play, so it might as well make the highlight reels for some of the best (or worst) uniforms in the league.

– Finally, I’d like for Ken Dorsey to win the Heisman. He’ll be a bust in the NFL, so they might as well give him the most prestigious college football award and guarantee it. I hope Carson Palmer doesn’t get it; he’d be a perfect first-round pick for the Broncos. And with the way the Broncos – the self-proclaimed “best team that won’t make the playoffs” – are playing, they might actually be able to land Palmer with one of the first few picks.

Congrats to Brian Summers on graduating (finally) and I hope everyone else gets more from their Christmas wish list than I will.

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Buffs Defense smothers Rams

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Dec 122002
Authors: Reed Saunders

BOULDER, Colo. – For most of the CSU women’s basketball team’s first game on the road, the Rams looked like a team in search of a home.

The Colorado Buffaloes swarming defense forced the Rams to appear tentative from the beginning and, though they showed signs of regrouping, CSU never appeared fully comfortable away from Moby Arena in a 65-51 loss to the University of Colorado at the Coors Events Center on Thursday night.

The loss drops the Rams’ season mark to 5-2, while the Buffaloes improve to 7-1.

The Buffaloes were relentless on defense from the beginning, forcing the Rams to appear tentative for most of the night on offense and never letting CSU find an offensive rhythm.

“Overall it was a great defensive effort,” said CU coach Ceal Barry, whose Buffaloes defeated the Rams for the first time in four years. “Going in, we felt CSU was a great offensive team that could do a lot of things. We felt we needed to put great ball pressure and use our athleticism to take them out of their rhythm and I felt we did a great job at that tonight.”

Physical play defined the contest. CSU struggled to find open looks due to CU’s intense defense, while the Rams used double-teams to frequently tie-up CU center Tera Bjorklund and force the Buffaloes to get most of their points from outside.

“I thought overall it was a very physical game,” said Liz English, the Rams’ senior point guard. “There was a lot of fouling going on, but that was on both sides.”

Neither team put on a strong shooting display and it was a defensive struggle for most of the contest. CU finished the game shooting 42.3 percent, while the Rams put up a 36.5 shooting percentage, en route to a season-low 51 points.

Senior forward Katie Borton led the Rams with 11 points on a 5-7 shooting night. Her performance was about the only offensive performance of positive note for the Rams.

Fellow senior Ashley Augspurger, the Rams’ leading scorer, was smothered for much of the contest and never appeared comfortable. The Lakewood, Colo. native finished with 4 points on 2-12 shooting, including 0-6 from three-point range. Augspurger had been averaging 16.8 points per game before Thursday’s contest.

“I give credit to their defense, they got in our faces and we just didn’t handle it well,” Augpurger said. “They’ve always been a great defensive team, we just didn’t respond well tonight.”

The Buffaloes were led by Bjorklund, who finished with a game-high 14 points and was a constant force in the middle for CU. Colorado’s constant ball movement time and again freed up Buffalo shooters for open looks.

“When my teammates are hitting the open shots from the outside, it really helps me to get shots down low,” Bjorklund said. “They did a pretty good job double-teaming me, but I felt we were able to work around it well.”

Trailing 24-19 at halftime, the Rams came out with more intensity in the second half. CSU used a 7-0 run midway through the second half to knot the score at 35. But the Rams were never able to take the lead, and the Buffs used a quick 5-0 run of their own to regain a 40-35 advantage.

Every time the Rams came close to taking the lead, CU answered with a big shot. CSU tied the score three times in the game, but were never able to overcome the Buffaloes, thanks in large part to the effort of Sabrina Scott. The Buffaloes’ forward finished the night with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

The game marked the first shift in the rivalry’s dominance since the teams resumed their confrontation in 1999. Even though many Buffaloes said the Rams still held control of the rivalry having won three of the last four, the Rams had only the most recent meeting on their minds.

“As far as I’m concerned, the only (game) that matters is right now,” English said. “The atmosphere wasn’t tough, we just made it tough on ourselves by not playing well.”

The Rams will return to action.

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