|Poinsettia Bowl Slideshow|
CSU head football coach Sonny Lubick and the rest of the Rams suffered a 51-30 loss at the hands of Navy on Dec. 22. San Diego played host to the inaugural Poinsettia Bowl, which saw more than 36,000 fans in attendance.
The Rams got out to a great start, charging down the field in a 10-play, 77-yard drive that ended with a 1-yard touchdown run by sophomore running back Kyle Bell. Senior quarterback Justin Holland had one of the best games of his career by completing 26 of his 33 passing attempts with three touchdowns.
Despite CSU racking up 571 total yards on the offensive end, the Navy offense proved to be too much for the Ram defense. The Midshipmen piled up 611 yards from scrimmage, 467 of which came from Navy's potent ground attack. The Midshipmen were the No. 1 rushing team in the country coming into the bowl game. They continued their dominance in the bowl game using their patented option attack.
Navy slotback Reggie Campbell tied an NCAA bowl record with five touchdowns to go along with 290 all-purpose yards.
The Rams continued to struggle on the defensive end in the second quarter, forfeiting three touchdowns. Coming out with a comfortable 27-10 lead, Navy's overwhelming offensive attacks continued. The Midshipmen scored on their first drive, taking their lead to 24.
But the Rams never let up. Justin Holland hooked up with Dustin Osborn twice on back-to-back drives that ended in 14 points for CSU to pull within 34-24. It was the closest the Rams would get.
Holland continued his air dominance by spreading the ball to eight receivers, two of which went over 100 yards. Sophomore H-back Kory Sperry finished the game with eight receptions and 117 yards and senior wide-out Dave Anderson ended his career with a 126-yard night on nine catches. Sophomore Kyle Bell also rushed for a team-high 122 yards and a touchdown run. Holland set a school record for touchdown passes in a season with 20. He ended his career with 21.