Sep 262004
 
Authors: Jon Pilsner

If you had to pick a metaphor for the CSU offense, you could say

it is Jekyll and Hyde. You never know which one will jog onto the

field.

Although the Rams totaled 431 yards of total offense in this

weekend’s 39-14 win over Division I-AA Montana State, the offense

at times struggled to move the football and again could not score

in the red zone.

“I thought we did play, at times, real well and at times we did

not play as well,” said CSU head coach Sonny Lubick. “We still have

a lot of work to do to get ready for the rest of the season.”

The Rams offense started quickly, taking its first drive 80

yards in just more than two minutes, capping off the drive with a

1-yard touchdown run by Uldis Jaunarajs.

But this quick start did not last, as the Rams’ next drive

lasted only six plays and gained just 8 yards. Twice the Rams did

not gain any positive yards on drives, once in the second quarter

following a Brandon Cathy interception, and again during the third

quarter following a missed MSU field goal.

Jaunarajs, who had 51 yards of rushing in the first quarter,

finished the day with 79 yards on 17 attempts. However, after the

first big drive, the Rams had trouble running the ball.

“The beginning of the game the run game started off real good,”

Jaunarajs said. “But then it started to get a little sluggish, but

Justin (Holland) was able to make some plays.”

It wasn’t until the end of the second quarter that the Rams were

able to begin moving the football again.

Holland, who finished the day 21-of-35 for 311 yards, went 7-9

for 110 yards in the second quarter, most of them coming in the

last two minutes of the half when he threw two touchdown

passes.

Senior H-back Joel Dreessen caught the first from 10 yards out,

reaching above his head to make an acrobatic, one-handed catch.

Following a blocked punt, the Rams scored in just 24 seconds, with

Holland finding junior David Anderson for a 12-yard touchdown pass

just before the end of the half.

For Anderson, who passed J.D. Brookhart for seventh in school

history career passing yards, it was his first touchdown catch of

the year. He was knocked out of the game during the third quarter

with an abdominal injury.

While Holland hit seven different receivers in the game, the

team recognizes that it needs the catches to come when it

counts.

“We just need to work on getting one score, and then just

putting the dagger in, score right after,” said sophomore receiver

Dustin Osborn.

In what has become a theme, the Rams offense again struggled

when entering the red zone. It was stopped three times inside the

MSU 20, settling for Jeff Babcock field goals instead of

touchdowns. Babcock, who moved to third place in CSU all-time

scoring with 213 points, made field goals of 34, 35 and 30

yards.

Holland was intercepted attempting to throw into the end zone

when the Rams had the ball on the MSU 22-yard line.

“I feel better about my decision making,” Holland said. “I had

one bad decision early in the game; I just made a wrong read.”

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