For the first six minutes of the third quarter, the CSU football
team had its own version of a Halloween nightmare.
New Mexico scored 13 unanswered points to start the second half,
all on drives of less than 22 yards, as the Lobos downed the Rams
26-17 before a sparse crowd of 24,573 Saturday at Sonny Lubick
Field at Hughes Stadium.
The Lobos, who were down 7-3 at half, converted two Ram fumbles
and a punt return into 13 points on their first three drives of the
third quarter, each one starting from inside the CSU
“The defense kept us in it,” said junior wide receiver David
Anderson. “But you can’t expect the D to stop them every time they
start on your own 15-yard-line.”
The Rams (3-5, 2-2 Mountain West Conference) three times
operated scoring drives of 70 yards or more, but multiple times,
the offense struggled to gain yardage and get first downs.
“The biggest thing is that we were so inconsistent on offense,”
CSU head coach Sonny Lubick said. “We hurt ourselves.”
The Rams started quickly, scoring on their opening drive of the
game. Freshman quarterback Caleb Hanie laced a 37-yard touchdown
pass to Dustin Osborn, giving CSU a 7-0 lead. Hanie started the
game 3-of-3, completing passes under pressure to Anderson and Kory
However, the Rams struggled to get the running game going all
game, rushing for a total of 35 yards on 34 attempts. Jimmy Green
led the Rams with 60 yards on 23 rushes, only averaging 2.4 yards
“The offense as a whole was flat,” Green said. “I don’t know how
to explain (the struggles with the running game). I put a lot on
me, I have to run harder.”
DonTrell Moore again ran well against the Rams, gaining 154
yards on 29 carries. However, he only scored one touchdown.
“DonTrell (Moore) looked good,” said UNM head coach Rocky Long.
“But I’m a little disappointed that we didn’t score more
The Ram defense again played well, holding UNM (5-4, 3-2 MWC) to
291 yards of total offense. It was the first game this year the
Rams held an opponent to under 300 offensive yards in the game.
However, they were unable to force a turnover, and UNM often worked
with a short field.
Suddenly, finding themselves down, the Rams offense found their
footing near the end of the third quarter, driving 92 yards and
scoring a touchdown on an 18-yard touchdown pass from Hanie to John
Walker. Hanie went 5-of-5 on the drive for 76 yards.
However, UNM dealt the Rams a deathblow at the beginning of the
fourth quarter. UNM quarterback Kole McKamey hit Hank Baskett for a
69-yard touchdown completion, giving UNM a 23-14 lead.
The Rams would not challenge the Lobos again.
“I know our guys, this hurts them a bit,” Lubick said. “The fact
is we’ve got a young team playing as hard as they can.”
The Rams, who now must win out to become bowl eligible, face MWC
leader and No. 8 ranked Utah next week in Salt Lake City.
BIT KICK BY BABCOCK: In the first quarter, CSU senior punter
Jeff Babcock kicked a school record 89-yard punt. The previous
record was 88 yards, kicked by Andy Tejeda in 1988.