LARAMIE, Wyo â€” Colorado State football looked like a team that simply had no fight left in it, losing to Border War rival Wyoming 44-0.
The Rams (3-9, 2-6 MWC) failed to perform on either side of the ball in what might be considered the most embarrassing loss of the season.
Wyoming (3-9, 1-7 MWC), a team that had yet to win a Mountain West Conference game this year, including losses to New Mexico and UNLV, established the ground game early and stuck with it.
The Cowboys ran for 212 yards and 6 touchdowns, 5 coming from sophomore running back Alvester Alexander.
CSU coach Steve Fairchild seemed almost awe struck by the final two games of the 2010 campaign.
â€œThe last two weeks, we just havenâ€™t shown up to play. That certainly wasnâ€™t the football team I thought we had become,â€ Fairchild said. â€œIt falls on me. I just havenâ€™t gotten the guys ready to play the past two weeks.â€
Wyoming quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels added 46 yards rushing and a touchdown, along with 267 yards through the air.
Offensively, the Rams looked like the same team from the beginning of the year, struggling to run the ball to get their offense going.
CSU totaled 79 yards of offense in the first half and finished the game with 162.
â€œWe couldnâ€™t do anything today,â€ said freshman quarterback Pete Thomas. â€œWe got outplayed pretty bad. We got to take this as motivation because this canâ€™t happen again.â€
Protecting Thomas was a glaring issue throughout the game, surrendering six sacks.
Thomas set a record for most yards passing by a freshman in the MWC, but only threw for 97 yards Saturday.
CSUâ€™s offense converted only two third downs in 15 attempts.
For the CSU seniors, the final game of the year left a bitter taste in their mouth.
â€œThis is a rivalry game and the score should never look like that. Thatâ€™s the bottom line,â€ NFL-hopeful Ricky Brewer said. â€œHeartbreak and sorrow would be the two words I would use. Another thing Iâ€™ll remember from my career is never beating BYU, Air Force, TCU or Utah. Thatâ€™s going to stick with me.â€
In the end, the Rams could not figure out a way to get a victory on the road this season.
After a disappointing season, CSU looks forward to next year and a chance to improve.
â€œWe just got to get out there and realize that weâ€™re a young team and that we have a lot of great things ahead of us,â€ freshman running back Chris Nwoke said. â€œWeâ€™ll train and perfect our craft and get out there against CU next year.â€
Football beat reporter Cris Tiller can be reached at email@example.com.