Raymond Carter truly was â€œMr. Everythingâ€ on Saturday against the Idaho Vandals.
After three weeks of almost no offense and even more microscopic signs of a running attack, the Colorado State football team exploded for 36 points in a 36-34 win over Idaho thanks in large part to the contribution of the Carter, a junior running back who transferred from UCLA.
Carter entered Saturday with less than 70 yards on the ground and 16 yards receiving and left the game first on the team in rushing yards and fourth overall in receiving yardage.
He carried the ball 15 times for 104 yards and a touchdown in addition to catching four passes for 120 yards and two more scores.
â€œWe finally established a run today,â€ Carter said. â€œThat got a lot of things going on our offense. Weâ€™ve been looking for that all season.â€
Carter gave a glimpse of what was to come early in the first quarter when he busted a 37-yard scamper down the sideline that eventually led to a missed field goal.
Again Carter played a critical role in the second quarter, catching a third down pass for 28 yards to set up a first and goal at the six, as the Rams trailed 13-0.
Then it happened.
Carter did something he had not done in over two years â€” he scored a touchdown, running it in from one yard out.
â€œIt was a great feeling,â€ Carter said. â€œI didnâ€™t even know what to do.â€
The last time he had reached the end zone was Sept. 1, 2008 as a member of the UCLA Bruins.
Carter liked the feeling of being in the end zone so much, he did it again just 31 seconds later on a 23-yard touchdown reception, giving his team the lead at halftime.
But Carterâ€™s big day didnâ€™t end there.
After Idaho took a two-possession lead on a 37-yard touchdown pass from Nathan Enderle to Maurice Shaw with 3:08 to play in the third quarter, CSU got the ball back at the 20 yard line.
On the third play of the ensuing drive, Carter caught a perfect, in-stride pass from freshman quarterback Pete Thomas and streaked down the field for a 72-yard touchdown.
Carterâ€™s effort was the longest for CSU in nearly two years.
â€œ(Idaho) had been manning us all day, we just took advantage of it,â€ Carter said. â€œI used my speed to get over the linebacker.â€
Carterâ€™s three-touchdown game was only outdone in the final seconds when junior kicker Ben DeLine made the game-winning field goal.
Thomas knew beforehand that the game would be the coming out party for Carter.
â€œYou canâ€™t say enough about (Carter),â€ Thomas said. â€œI told him before the game that this would be the breakout game for him and our offense and it was.â€
As a running back, Carter maybe did not expect to play such a significant role in the passing game, but he will take the success no matter what form it comes in.
â€œItâ€™s a great feeling to come out here and just contribute to the offense and contribute to the win,â€ Carter said. â€œJust to do it in front of the Ram family, itâ€™s a great feeling.â€
Football beat reporter Cris Tiller can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.