SALT LAKE CITY – Playing the Mountain West Conference’s top two defenses in back-to-back weeks has been anything but easy on the CSU Rams. With only 23 points in their last two games, the Rams’ offense hasn’t seen the mid-season stretch they hoped for.
CSU (3-4, 1-2 MWC) lost their second consecutive game, falling to the unbeaten Utah Utes (8-0, 4-0 MWC) 49-16 Saturday in Salt Lake City. The Rams got off to a promising start, scoring a touchdown on their opening drive, but settled for field goals the rest of the game, scoring only three points in the entire second half.
CSU head coach Steve Fairchild explained that his offense had plenty of opportunities but couldn’t capitalize.
“We had our chances but to be a good offense, but we have to make more plays in the pass game,” the former Rams quarterback said. “We aren’t making enough.”
CSU started out similarly last week in a loss to the TCU Horned Frogs. The Rams scored a touchdown on their first drive of the game, but stalled from there, failing to produce any points the rest of the afternoon.
Quarterback Billy Farris said he is frustrated about the Rams’ offensive troubles, especially in the redzone. The first year starter said that it would have been a much different game if the Rams could have found the end zone instead of kicking field goals.
“When you come and play teams like this you can’t settle for field goals,” Farris, a senior, said. “If you do that, you aren’t giving yourself a chance to win. That was what made it hard on us this time. If we had three touchdowns instead field goals it’s a lot closer game.”
Fairchild agreed, adding that even one touchdown could have changed the entire second half.
“If you get a touchdown on any one of those drives you are back in the game in the second half,” he said. “I’ve been saying all year long, our redzone offense hasn’t been as productive as it needs to be in order to be a good football team.”
CSU was unable to produce any touchdowns in the redzone Saturday, attempting field goals twice and turning the ball over on downs once.
Wide receiver Rashaun Greer explained that he still believes in the Rams’ offense, they just have to figure out what has changed after the opening drive.
“We need to look at what went wrong and what we did differently from that first drive in the first half,” the junior said. “We’ll see what we messed up and what plays we could have changed.”
Fairchild explained that he has to figure out a way to get the offense back on track before heading to San Diego next week. Even though the Aztecs have the worst scoring defense in the MWC, the former NFL offensive coordinator still isn’t expecting anything easy.
“Every time you get on a field nowadays there are good teams. It’ll be a big game for us on the road and we have to find a way to win it.”
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