Nov 102003
 
Authors: Vince Blaser

The CSU football team has averaged 27.8 points in its five

losses this season. Four of the losses have been by a touchdown or

less.

Big plays and costly turnovers have haunted the Rams (5-5

overall, 2-3 Mountain West Conference) all season. CSU ranks 102nd

out of 117 Division I-A teams in turnover margin this season (minus

6), turning the ball over 22 times while forcing 16. Last year, the

Rams were 48th in turnover margin at plus 3, giving up 27 turnovers

while forcing 30.

“I think we’ve probably seen everything we can lose on now,”

said wide receiver David Anderson after Friday’s last-minute 37-34

loss at New Mexico. “We’re pretty much ready for anything and we’ll

be ready these next two games.”

While Rams coach Sonny Lubick said the season has not been what

they had hoped, CSU still has a .500 record and an outside shot at

a bowl game. CSU plays San Diego State at home Saturday at 1 p.m.

and finishes the season at UNLV on Nov. 22.

“It will probably be a season that could’ve been better,” Lubick

said at his weekly press conference Monday. “Hopefully we can win

our next two, end up 7-5. “

On Friday, CSU quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt became the latest

victim of a costly mistake that may have cost the Rams a win. With

the game tied 34-34 and 1:02 left in regulation, Van Pelt bobbled

the snap from center Mark Dryer, turning the ball over to the Lobos

on the Rams’ 16-yard line. New Mexico kicker Wes Zunker ended the

game shortly after with a 33-yard field goal.

“The blame’s solely on me for that play,” Van Pelt said. “That’s

what the story of our season is, it’s one play.”

However, Van Pelt said the team has too much pride and

leadership to throw in the towel on the rest of the season.

“We have two games left and you would be darned if we’re going

to quit on this one,” he said. “I’m going to go out with my guns

smoking.”

While the late turnovers have been costly to the Rams, senior

cornerback Dexter Wynn said the big plays the defense gave up early

really cost the Rams.

Lobos running back DonTrell Moore piled up 242 yards rushing and

three touchdowns Friday, including runs of 45, 22 and 15 yards.

“If teams run the ball, they have the advantage in the game and

that’s what they did,” Wynn said.

Injury, Lineup update: Guard Albert Bimper’s status for the SDSU

game is still questionable. Lubick said Monday that Bimper, who

suffered a shoulder and neck sprain Nov. 1 at Wyoming, says he can

play but trainer Fred Oglesby is unsure if he will be ready. Lubick

said senior Zeke Hacker “did OK” replacing Bimper against New

Mexico … The coaching staff replaced starting free safety Adam

Hayward with redshirt freshman Lukas Davis after Hayward missed a

tackle early in Friday’s game. Lubick said chances are good that

Davis will start Saturday against SDSU … Despite averaging 1.9

yards a carry in last week’s loss, Lubick said senior running back

Rahsaan Sanders will likely get the start against the Aztecs.

Lubick said they knew running would be tough against the Lobos

front seven. Jimmy Green, Uldis Jaunarajs and Marcus Houston could

also see playing time against SDSU … Tight end Joel Dreessen is

still nursing an abdominal strain that has plagued him all season

and is “week to week,” Lubick said.

 

 

 

 

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