The Border War lived up to its name Friday night during a
hard-nosed and grinding game at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes
CSU and Wyoming met for the 93rd time under the lights to see
who would get bragging rights for a year and get to raise the
Bronze Boot in victory on the 50-yard line.
The Rams (3-4, 2-1 MWC) did just that behind a good running game
and timely play from a true freshman quarterback.
“We were going to grind it out, that was our challenge,” said
junior running back Jimmy Green. “We didn’t break the big run. It
was down and dirty, 4 or 5 yards at a time.”
The Rams running game broke loose on the legs of Green. He ran
for 124 yards and a touchdown on 32 carries. It was the first time
this year a CSU back rushed for more than 100 yards in a game.
“That was huge for us,” said head coach Sonny Lubick. “With
Jimmy in there, you don’t realize what you don’t have, and how
strong he is. I know he picked up a couple of third-and-twos where
he got hit at the line of scrimmage, and then picked up the first
down for us.”
It did not look like the game was going to go the Rams’ way
early on. Quarterback Corey Bramlet and the Cowboys offense walked
the ball down the field in their spread offense on the first drive
and scored three minutes and three seconds into the first quarter.
Bramlet finished with 256 yards on 26 passes, but he was picked off
twice. The Rams defense bent but never broke, and it came back to
hold the Wyoming (4-3, 1-2 MWC) offense scoreless the rest of the
“This was a statement. Our kids went out there and played, and
I’m just proud of them,” Lubick said. “Everything we’ve been
through this year, and to come back and play like we have, with a
new quarterback. We played some tough football teams early in the
year, and we hung in there and didn’t give up.”
Freshman quarterback Caleb Hanie made his first career start and
got the job done. He finished 11-of-22 for 167 yards and an
interception, but more importantly he led the Rams offense to the
After being pinned on their own 1-yard line by a Wyoming punt,
Hanie and the Rams drove 88 yards down the field and got their
first points of the game on a 28-yard field goal from Jeff
“I was nervous as heck the first possession,” Hanie said after
the game. “I needed that drive from our own 1- (yard line) to get
Babcock, who also kicked field goals of 41 and 38 yards, set a
new record for career field goals made with 47. Babcock passes
Steve DeLine, who played at CSU from 1984 to 1986.
Bramlet’s two interceptions and a stalled Wyoming drive in the
red zone made the Rams’ night easier too.
While this was the first game in 19 that CSU receiver David
Anderson did not make a catch, Kory Sperry had a big night to make
up for it. He led the receivers, pulling down four catches for 71
yards, most of which were for timely first downs.
“I thought our offense did a really nice job,” Lubick said. “I
thought Caleb did what he had to do; he missed a few passes, which
you’re going to do, but he hit Sperry four or five times for huge
first downs for us.”
The Rams brought home the Bronze Boot, which was originally worn
by a CSU alum, but the game meant a little more after their field
was defaced earlier this week when someone broke into Hughes and
burned “UW” and “WY” on the field.
“What they did to our field showed us their disrespect for us,”
Green said. “It fired us up.”
The Rams get to stay in Fort Collins and await the arrival of
the New Mexico Lobos (4-4, 2-2 MWC) next week, but they will get to
enjoy this victory for a little bit. However, the team will be back
to work as it competes for the Mountain West Conference
“We’re still in the race,” Anderson said. “It’s a coin flip from
here on in.”