CSU: The Rams have thrown the ball wherever and whenever they’ve
wanted to this season. Thanks to an offensive line that has given
Van Pelt all the time he needs in the pocket, the Rams passing game
has been impressive.
UNM: The Lobos have been throwing the ball well this year,
behind senior Casey Kelly. The one negative number for the Lobos
this year is the12 interceptions thrown by the team’s quarterbacks.
Kelly has accounted for nine of those interceptions, with three
coming last week.
CSU: One word defines the CSU ground game this year: injuries.
Marcus Houston has been the healthiest of the four Ram backs, but
has lost the ball at critical moments this season. Rahsaan Sanders
has looked impressive when healthy, and Van Pelt has a number of
UNM: Sophomore Dontrell Moore is the Lobos’ back. He has been
impressive this year, gaining 855 yards and scoring 14 touchdowns.
Moore ranks second in the conference in yards and first in
CSU: While the run defense has been solid all year, the pass
defense has been shaky. When the Rams face a team with the ability
to move the ball through the air, the secondary gets exposed.
UNM: The Lobos have the worst rated defense against the pass in
the MWC, while their defense against the run is outstanding. They
have only given up 75 yards per game on the ground, and four
CSU: Dexter Wynn is dangerous any time he touches the ball. Last
week he didn’t get a chance to show-off his talents in the punt
return game, as Wyoming kicked away from him all game. Kicker Jeff
Babcock has been reliable recently and should give the Rams a boost
when a field goal is needed.
UNM: Junior kicker Jeff Zunker is a perfect seven for seven in
field goals with a long of 48 yards. A lack of a return game has
hurt the Lobos’ field position all year, so Zunker’s leg has been
an added bonus for coach Rocky Long.