While most of you were stuffing your faces with turkey, pie and whatever else you could get your hands on over the break, it was an extremely busy time for Colorado State athletics, with both men’s and women’s basketball, football and volleyball all in action.
After closing the Hughes Stadium farewell tour in style, defeating New Mexico 49-31, before the fans stormed the field and president Tony Frank shut out the lights one last time; the Rams traveled to San Diego, where they defeated San Diego State University 63-31 in perhaps the most impressive victory of head coach Mike Bobo’s young career.
Coming into the game the heavily favored Aztecs were riding the nation’s fourth longest home winning streak (10 games) and prior to losing to Wyoming and CSU in consecutive weeks, SDSU had not lost in the Mountain West since 2014.
In the 32-point victory, the Rams dominated offensively, scoring touchdowns on five of their first six possessions behind a strong performance from offensive line. Averaging 487.7 yards per-game, the Rams were already the No. one offense in the conference entering the game Saturday, but the well-balanced unit took it to another level with six different players scoring touchdowns and totalling over 500 yards (507) for a third consecutive week.
Against a potent Aztecs offense led by the nation’s second leading rusher (Donnel Pumphrey), the Colorado State defense held the explosive back to just 53 yards on 18 carries, his lowest total since 2013.
“A phenomenal effort by our guys,”Bobo said. I’m really proud of our coaches and our players who have continued to prepare and work like a champion. “
The men’s basketball team went a 3-1 on the week, losing a tough battle to Stanford (56-49), before defeating Maryland Eastern Shore (76-65), Southeastern Louisiana (67-59) and Alcorn State (80-58).
After playing four games in eight days, head coach Larry Eustachy is relieved to be able to get his team back to practice.
“What this team really needs is practice,” Eustachy said. “The only practice we have done is to get on the court and prepare for other teams. That is the problem with today’s game. You have to play so many games and the scheduling is so hard.”
The women’s basketball team went 1-1 , dominating Adams State 76-29 and losing to No. 13/12 Oklahoma 70-55. The matchup with the Sooners was the Rams third game against a Power-five opponent in their previous four games, marking the end of one of the toughest stretches the women’s team will have to face all season.
Lastly, the women’s volleyball team was down two sets to one to the University of Wyoming, before winning three-straight sets to complete the comeback victory and keep the Rams NCAA Tournament hopes alive. The selection process will take place this Tuesday, as the Rams will look to once again represent the Mountain West in the national tournament.
Collegian sports reporter Justin Michael can be reached by email at email@example.com or Twitter @JustinTMichael.