Oct 242004
 
Authors: Preston Cagle

The Border War lived up to its name Friday night during a

hard-nosed and grinding game at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes

Stadium.

CSU and Wyoming met for the 93rd time under the lights to see

who would get bragging rights for a year and get to raise the

Bronze Boot in victory on the 50-yard line.

The Rams (3-4, 2-1 MWC) did just that behind a good running game

and timely play from a true freshman quarterback.

“We were going to grind it out, that was our challenge,” said

junior running back Jimmy Green. “We didn’t break the big run. It

was down and dirty, 4 or 5 yards at a time.”

The Rams running game broke loose on the legs of Green. He ran

for 124 yards and a touchdown on 32 carries. It was the first time

this year a CSU back rushed for more than 100 yards in a game.

“That was huge for us,” said head coach Sonny Lubick. “With

Jimmy in there, you don’t realize what you don’t have, and how

strong he is. I know he picked up a couple of third-and-twos where

he got hit at the line of scrimmage, and then picked up the first

down for us.”

It did not look like the game was going to go the Rams’ way

early on. Quarterback Corey Bramlet and the Cowboys offense walked

the ball down the field in their spread offense on the first drive

and scored three minutes and three seconds into the first quarter.

Bramlet finished with 256 yards on 26 passes, but he was picked off

twice. The Rams defense bent but never broke, and it came back to

hold the Wyoming (4-3, 1-2 MWC) offense scoreless the rest of the

way.

“This was a statement. Our kids went out there and played, and

I’m just proud of them,” Lubick said. “Everything we’ve been

through this year, and to come back and play like we have, with a

new quarterback. We played some tough football teams early in the

year, and we hung in there and didn’t give up.”

Freshman quarterback Caleb Hanie made his first career start and

got the job done. He finished 11-of-22 for 167 yards and an

interception, but more importantly he led the Rams offense to the

victory.

After being pinned on their own 1-yard line by a Wyoming punt,

Hanie and the Rams drove 88 yards down the field and got their

first points of the game on a 28-yard field goal from Jeff

Babcock.

“I was nervous as heck the first possession,” Hanie said after

the game. “I needed that drive from our own 1- (yard line) to get

going.”

Babcock, who also kicked field goals of 41 and 38 yards, set a

new record for career field goals made with 47. Babcock passes

Steve DeLine, who played at CSU from 1984 to 1986.

Bramlet’s two interceptions and a stalled Wyoming drive in the

red zone made the Rams’ night easier too.

While this was the first game in 19 that CSU receiver David

Anderson did not make a catch, Kory Sperry had a big night to make

up for it. He led the receivers, pulling down four catches for 71

yards, most of which were for timely first downs.

“I thought our offense did a really nice job,” Lubick said. “I

thought Caleb did what he had to do; he missed a few passes, which

you’re going to do, but he hit Sperry four or five times for huge

first downs for us.”

The Rams brought home the Bronze Boot, which was originally worn

by a CSU alum, but the game meant a little more after their field

was defaced earlier this week when someone broke into Hughes and

burned “UW” and “WY” on the field.

“What they did to our field showed us their disrespect for us,”

Green said. “It fired us up.”

The Rams get to stay in Fort Collins and await the arrival of

the New Mexico Lobos (4-4, 2-2 MWC) next week, but they will get to

enjoy this victory for a little bit. However, the team will be back

to work as it competes for the Mountain West Conference

championship.

“We’re still in the race,” Anderson said. “It’s a coin flip from

here on in.”

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