For the second straight season the Rams ended their season with
a bowl loss, falling to Boston College 35-21 in the Diamond Walnut
San Francisco Bowl New Year’s Eve. While their bowl dreams did not
come true, one glimpse of the Rams’ bright future was apparent in
the form of sophomore wide receiver David Anderson.
“Colorado State is a really good football team,” said Boston
College head coach Dave O’Brien of the 7-6 Rams. “They present a
lot of problems with their offense.”
Anderson, who pulled down 10 receptions for 134 yards and one
touchdown, was the biggest problem for the Eagles’ defense. The 10
receptions were not only a career high for Anderson, but also set
CSU’s bowl record for most receptions in one game.
“Due to the fact that Pittman wasn’t playing, I think the game
plan was to get me the ball a little more,” Anderson said. “I knew
we would all have to step it up a notch. It kinda gets me prepared
for next season as well as everybody else. It is going to be a big
transition, but I think we can do it.”
Anderson carved his name in the CSU record books again by having
the most single-season receptions and yards with 72 catches for
1,293 yards. He also became the first CSU receiver to pass the
100-yard mark six times in one season.
“It has been an up and down year,” Anderson said. “It is
exciting to get those kinds of accolades. Records will be broken,
that is what is meant to be done, but I am 0-2 in bowl games and
that is nothing to be proud of.”
Even in the midst of a loss that was hard to swallow, the CSU
offensive squad managed to get 388 yards, 27 more than Boston
College, who finished its final season as a member of the Big East
Conference with an 8-5 record.
“I thought our offense played well and moved the ball down the
field very well,” CSU head coach Sonny Lubick said.
Four of the Rams’ first downs were due to Anderson
On the season, Anderson averaged 99.5 yards per game, 18 yards
per catch and totaled nine touchdowns in 13 games. He emerged as
quarterbacks Bradlee Van Pelt’s and Justin Holland’s most
successful target and is currently seventh on the nation’s
receiving yards list.
So while Van Pelt and wide receivers Chris Pittman and Eric Hill
played their last games in CSU uniforms, the rising star that will
lead the Rams to a season with more wins and fewer turnovers will
be David Anderson.
Even with all of the accomplishments Anderson has achieved, his
biggest ones may yet lie ahead. The hope that lingers on the Rams’
horizon is the fact that Anderson is only a sophomore. He still has
two more years ahead of him and is optimistic about the future.
“We got a good young core coming back,” Anderson said. “We gotta
come back ready to go. There is no off-season in football so we
just have to come back and play again.”