Itâ€™s safe to say that there werenâ€™t many positives to take away from the Colorado State football team’s performance on Saturday night in Reno, Nev.
The Rams were destroyed in every facet of the game, allowing their future conference opponent Nevada to accrue 631 yards of total offense en route to a 51-6 annihilation.
Wolf Pack senior quarterback Colin Kaepernick was as good as advertised, dicing the Rams for 161 yards on the ground, while passing for another 241 yards playing in just over three quarters of the game. In total, Kaepernick accounted for four touchdowns in the win.
â€œWe struggled obviously; had a hard time slowing (Nevada) down,â€ head coach Steve Fairchild said after the game. â€œWe couldnâ€™t sustain drives long enough to keep them off of the field for any length of time.â€
The game was seemingly out of reach after the first quarter, as the Wolf Pack stormed out of the gate to a 17-3 lead. The Ramsâ€™ defense had no answers from start to finish, never forcing the Wolf Pack to punt at any point.
Despite seeing his offense held out of the end zone for a second consecutive week, Fairchild believes good things are coming soon for the Rams.
â€œI do believe weâ€™re going to be a good football team here before too long,â€ Fairchild said. â€œThere are some things we do well, and weâ€™ve just got to keep building on them.â€
With the loss, the Rams push their losing streak to 11 games. When the Rams take the field this weekend against the Miami RedHawks, they will be almost a full calendar year removed from their last win.
Fairchild preached the importance of staying together as a team after another tough loss.
â€œI think this is a good football team in terms of staying together and caring about one another,â€ Fairchild said. â€œThatâ€™s all we can do right now.â€
It was another rough day on the ground for the Rams, who carried the ball 31 times as a team, picking up just 78 yards.
True freshman Tony Drake was the lone bright spot for the Rams this weekend, logging an impressive day-in-the-return game. The Dallas native picked up 242 yards on nine kick returns, for an average of 27 yards per return. Despite his success, the elusive Drake never got a carry from the backfield.
Senior wide out Tyson Liggett led the Rams in receiving with seven catches for 46 yards and said the Rams are just a few plays away from being a very different team.
â€œWe are a play here and a play there from breaking a few things open,â€ Liggett said. â€œWeâ€™re going to work real hard, thereâ€™s another game next week.â€
Pete Thomasâ€™ second collegiate game was similarly troubled to his debut. The true freshman failed to throw more than 200 yards yet again, and seemed hesitant to force anything down the field.
Fairchild doesnâ€™t foresee a quarterback change coming anytime soon.
â€œRight now he just has to play,â€ Fairchild said of his young quarterback. â€œHeâ€™s going to be very, very good. We just need to keep bringing him along.â€
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