Colorado State has taken their share of hits over the last two seasons, on Saturday the Rams hit back with a signature win over Arkansas.
There’s a bias I’ll admit to up-front:
In the war for the heart of Colorado, I’ve always been on the other side, from the Colorado State Rams. There’s something about Mike Bobo and this Rams team, though that inspires. I wrote up a whole thing on the other football team and thought it was time to let old allegiances fall and give CSU some earned recognition. The Rams Saturday win shouldn’t be buried in other events in the state, theirs was easily the most impressive win on a very impressive Saturday in Colorado.
Carta-Samuels, coming off a difficult performance in the Rocky Mountain Showdown was back in form on Saturday, shredding the normally stout Razorback defense for 389 yards and two touchdowns. The largest recipient of Carta-Samuels big day was junior wideout Preston Williams who hauled in 12 balls for 154 yards.
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None bigger than the 25-yard completion from an under siege Carta-Williams on second-and-5 with 2:38 left. What looked like a sure sack and loss turned into an amazing throw-and-catch and led to the Izzy Matthews touchdown that secured the comeback and the Rams win.
On the defensive side, the Rams have had a rough start to the season. Colorado State found their legs at home, though and came up big, particularly in the passing game with 2 big first-half interceptions that kept CSU in the game.
Colorado State also managed the powerful Arkansas running attack, holding the Razorbacks to 299 yards on the ground. Arkansas tailback Devwah Whaley gashed the Rams for 165 but it took 26 carries to get there. An improvement and a stat I’m sure coach Bobo will take, given the huge victory.
Let’s hope the win is a springboard for the Rams who are too talented and too well-coached to be held down for long. We’re with you, Rammies!