To Sonny Lubick, getting blown out 63-31 by No. 7 Utah wasn’t
“This is just what we needed, a good wakeup call,” said the CSU
head football coach Monday at his weekly press conference. “Utah is
a good football team.”
Lubick said that although the score appeared lopsided, he still
had admiration for his players.
“Our kids still played really hard,” Lubick said. “(Dustin)
Osborn and (Damon) Morton played really well. Our offensive line
Utah quarterback Alex Smith also drew praise from Lubick. Smith
went 21-of-26 for 291 yards and four touchdowns this past weekend,
also running for 55 yards.
“He is an exceptionally good player. He is going to continue to
get better and continue to execute,” Lubick said. “We knew they
were executing their offense well.”
Lubick didn’t criticize Utah head coach Urban Meyer for
replacing the Utes second-team offense with Smith and the first
team late in the fourth quarter with Utah leading by 25.
“I wouldn’t have done the same thing, but I wouldn’t hold it
against any coach that did,” Lubick said. “I can’t worry about what
the other coach is going to do. There is no animosity.”
Lubick said not having the first team play the entire game was
more embarrassing than anything. But Lubick addressed that Utah was
attempting to impress pollsters who determine Bowl Championship
Series positioning at the end of the season.
“With the (BCS), if you think that you have to score 50, 60, 70
points in games to get higher up, then I don’t think it’s doing a
good thing,” Lubick said.
However, CSU senior place-kicker and punter Jeff Babcock wasn’t
as kind to Utah as his coach was. Babcock was hit twice by Utah
players trying to block punts this weekend, drawing two penalties,
including a personal foul.
“Their special teams coach is pretty spineless for rushing 11
guys when it’s 42-3,” Babcock said after this weekend’s game. “I
thought it was pretty classless. It probably wasn’t necessary. When
you’re up 49 points and you don’t have a return man, that’s just
With the Rams now staying home for the holidays for the first
time in six years, Lubick said his focus hasn’t changed.
“It’s about football and enjoying it. I don’t know how to give
an explanation, we just want to play,” Lubick said. “When I took
this job, I never expected to go to 10 straight bowl games. We
still have some things going for us and we are going to keep
Lubick also continues to look ahead to next year, but he knows
the Rams have to play hard and finish out the season.
“Fifty teams are going to bowls and 50 aren’t,” Lubick said.
“We’ve gone to too many. Twelve of the past 15 years, I haven’t
been home on Christmas.”
As for this weekend’s opponent, UNLV, Lubick said he expects
another close game.
“We are very close in talent,” Lubick said. “There is no way one
team is going to go in there and totally run away with it.”
Lubick also had kind things to say about UNLV head coach John
Robinson, who is retiring after this season. Robinson won a
national title with USC in 1978 and has over 130 collegiate
victories as a head coach in his career.
“He is just a classy guy, he has done a lot for college
football,” Lubick said. “He is a genuine guy, he has excellent
insight into everything. He had done it all.”
CSU v. UNLV
10 a.m Saturday
Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes