Hughes Stadium stood still on Saturday evening, waiting for the anxious leg of Colorado State kicker Ben DeLine to write the gameâ€™s final verse.
From 35 yards out, DeLine struck the ball toward the north end zone â€“ he knew right away that redemption was his.
â€œWithout looking I can tell you if itâ€™s good or bad,â€ DeLine said. â€œI wouldnâ€™t have been able to live with myself if Iâ€™d missed it.â€
The ball split the uprights â€” ending the Ramsâ€™ 12-game losing streak in the process â€” and igniting the orange sea of Hughes Stadium into waves of euphoria.
DeLine had missed an extra point on Saturday that would have tied the game at 34 apiece with six minutes to play.
â€œThatâ€™s the first extra point I can ever remember missing,â€ said DeLine of his extra point that sailed wide right. â€œIâ€™ve had a couple blocked, I guess I just got a little lax on it.â€
The Rams are winners for the first time in more than a calendar year. True freshman quarterback Pete Thomas was happy to be part of Saturdayâ€™s thrilling win.
â€œThis is definitely the best football game Iâ€™ve ever been a part of,â€ said Thomas of his first collegiate victory. â€œWinning it made it feel even better. Itâ€™s a great feeling.â€
Thomas â€” along with the entire CSU offense â€” played with a level of composure that had been lacking before Saturday. The 18-year-old Thomas threw for 386 yards and 3 touchdowns in the victory.
His favorite target on the day was running back Raymond Carter, who caught five passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns, to go along with 105 yards and a score on the ground.
â€œI have been waiting for this groove for a little while,â€ Carter said. â€œOur offensive line did a great job today opening up holes.â€