The Colorado State football team got outplayed, out-coached, and out-classed Saturday afternoon at Hughes Stadium, losing 49-10 to Brigham Young.
Thatâ€™s what coach Steve Fairchild said after the Senior Day demolition the Cougars laid on his team.
“I did not see this coming,” Fairchild said. “Give credit to BYU and Bronco Mendenhall and his staff because they certainly played a terrific game and we did not.”
The first drive offered no indication of the disaster that was about to ensue. BYU received the ball and got a couple of first downs before Mychal Sisson caused a fumble which was recovered by Elijah-Blu Smith.
But the Rams (3-8, 2-5 MWC) werenâ€™t able to capitalize on the turnover and BYU began its assault.
The Cougars (5-5, 4-2) opened the scoring with their longest play of the year with a 62-yard flea flicker from freshman quarterback Jake Heaps to senior wide receiver Luke Ashworth.
And that turned out to be only the beginning of a historic day for Ashworth.
On BYUâ€™s next drive, which began after a fumble by John Mosure, Ashworth caught a 7-yard touchdown pass.
Then, shortly after a 44-yard fumble recovery returned for a touchdown by BYU, Ashworth caught a 36-yard pass for a touchdown.
At that point the game was all but over. BYU held a 28-0 lead and the already small crowd of 16,501 began to flee for the exits.
While the rest of the game may have been a formality at that point, Ashworth wasnâ€™t done yet.
BYU drove down the field near the end of the half and with 17 seconds remaining, Ashworth caught his fourth pass of the game, all for touchdowns.
Those four touchdown passes were the only four catches of the day for the senior. He ended with 4receptions for 113 yards and 4 touchdowns. And he did it all in the first half.
The four first half touchdowns set a BYU record for most touchdowns in a half by one player and tied the BYU record for most TD receptions in a game.
The Rams, as a whole, were shell-shocked after the game.
â€œThis is the most embarrassed Iâ€™ve ever been after a football game,â€ said quarterback Pete Thomas. â€œThatâ€™s the most disappointing thing about this game, I feel like I let all the seniors down this game.â€
CSUâ€™s final game of the season is next Saturday in Laramie against Border War rival Wyoming.