Rocky Mountain Showdown
This was the 84th game of the Rocky Mountain showdown. Seven of the last ten games had a final score with less than a seven point difference. This was the first meeting between Colorado State Universityâ€™s (CSU) head coach Jim McElwain, in his first year and the University of Coloradoâ€™s (CU) head coach John Embree, in his second year.
There were several new college football rules that were obvious from the start of the game. The ball is now kicked off from the 35 yard line, and on a touchback the ball is placed on the 25 yard line.
Gov. Hickenlooper was at center field for the coin toss. After the coin toss he addressed the crowd and got them fired up for the start of this Colorado state rivalry.
The game kicked off with Colorado State University receiving the kick from the University of Colorado. Both teams went three and out during their first possessions. The Rams strike first on a 47 yard field goal from number 94 Jared Roberts and the first quarter ended with CSU on top 3 to nothing. CUâ€™s quarterback number 4 Jordan Webb, after keeping the drive alive with a fourth-down completion, through a 19 yard touchdown pass to number 22 Sprouce. This was Webbâ€™s first touchdown pass as a Colorado Buffalo.
After CSU went for it on a fourth and one and did not make it, CU took possession and kept their drive alive on a fourth down and 5 pass interference call, and capped it off with 9 yard one-handed touchdown catch by number 87 McCulloch. CU was driving down the field in the last two minutes of the half when the Rams put a hit on Webb and recovered his fumble. With 30 seconds left in the half CU muffed a punt and CSU not only recovered the fumble, but CSUâ€™s quarterback number 18 Garrett Grayson, threw a 20 yard touchdown pass to number 24 Vincon. CU blocked the extra point attempt, and went into halftime five points ahead of CSU.
CU, after receiving the second-half kickoff, went three downs and out. CSU marched down the field and capped off the drive with a 33 yard touchdown pass to number 25 Hansley. And that is where the third quarter ended CSU 16 and CU 14. The fourth quarter started with a punt by CSU. CU was able to gain momentum and cap off the drive with a 30 yard field goal by Oliver. CSU answers back with a tremendous running game that was capped off by a 49 yard field goal from Roberts. After kicking off CSU was able to hold CU to three downs and out. CSU after a 40 yard run from Alexander, and a 15 yard facemask penalty, ended the drive with another three point field goal from Roberts. The lead in this game changed four times, and the final score was CSU 22 and CU 17. This was a glorious victory for CSU as CU had won the last four games.
19 First Downs 17
125 Rushing Yards 58
172 Passing Yards 107
1 Turnovers 2
5 QB Sacks 3