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CSU football looks for second win as they take on Arkansas

After a great showing on both sides of the ball against Western Illinois, the Rams look to build off their blowout victory as they travel to Arkansas to take on the Razorbacks.

Although the University of Arkansas is an SEC team, the Rams are familiar with the Razorbacks, as they picked up a 34-27 comeback victory against the Hogs last season.

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The Rams celebrate
The Rams celebrate after upsetting the University of Arkansas Razorbacks and overcoming an 18 point deficit. (Joe Oakman | Collegian)

Last year’s match up resulted in the Rams coming back from an 18-point second half deficit to defeat the Razorbacks in front of their home crowd. The Rams were unable to establish the run game for a full 60 minutes against the Razorbacks, and Head Coach Mike Bobo put an emphasis on balancing the offensive attack this season. 

“Our run game was nonexistent until that last drive (that) we spit out one run on the zone,” Bobo said. “We talked about that (Tuesday). We’ve got to find ways to run the ball; it might not be your traditional ways, and that’s the way we’ve been doing it for the first two weeks. … Non-traditional stuff with Dante Wright, I think we’re going to continue to do that.”

In the first two games of the season, the Rams looked solid as a team. A couple of fluky turnovers and questionable penalties made the score look a lot worse than it really was in week one. As for last week, the offense and the defense were firing on all cylinders.

Quarterback Collin Hill has looked outstanding in the first two weeks of play. He has tallied 738 passing yards, seven touchdowns and just two interceptions. Hill also has a 75.1 quarterback rating, which is good enough for 26th in the nation. The Rams’ success will hinge on the arm of the junior signal caller.

Another big part of the offense has been the one-two punch of senior running back Marvin Kinsey Jr. and freshman wide receiver Dante Wright.

Kinsey sits on 290 total yards from scrimmage with two touchdowns. As for Wright, he boasts 272 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns. These playmakers continue to make their presence felt in the Rams’ offense.

The crowd cheers as Dante Wright (22) scores on Western Illinois University during CSU's first home game of the season. CSU wins 38-13
The crowd cheers as Dante Wright (22) scores on Western Illinois University during CSU’s first home game of the season. CSU won 38-13. (Devin Cornelius | Collegian)

Wright seems to be yet another special wide receiver to put on the green and gold. Not only does Wright catch everything thrown his way and show ridiculous speed, but his IQ on the field is through the roof. Wright is a nightmare for opposing coaches.

“His football IQ is really, really high,” Bobo said. “You don’t have to tell him more than one time and he’s got it. Not that he doesn’t make mistakes, but he might make it in practice [and] he doesn’t make it again.”

Defensively, the Rams have been getting the job done so far this season. It may not show up on the stat sheet, but timely stops have helped the offense get back onto the field. Since Arkansas only has two returning starters on their offensive line, the Rams have an opportunity to take advantage of their lack of experience.

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Ultimately, to be successful, the Rams need to cut down on the turnovers and the mental mistakes. If the Rams can avoid hurting themselves, they can do a lot of damage.

The Razorbacks are heading into this clash with the Rams with a 1-1 record on the season. Led by second year Head Coach Chad Morris, the Razorbacks look to defend their home turf.

Heading into the season, the Razorbacks found themselves with a quarterback competition. Ben Hicks and Nick Starkel have split reps so far this season, but Starkel was named the quarterback against the Rams and for the rest of the season.

Like the Rams, the Razorbacks have a lot of offensive weapons and playmakers to go around. This matchup has all the characteristics of being a shootout.

Junior Guerrero can be reached at sports@collegian.com or on twitter @juniorg45.

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Devin Cornelius, Digital Managing Editor
Devin Cornelius is the digital managing editor for The Collegian. He is a fifth-year computer science major from Austin, Texas. He moved to Colorado State University and started working for The Collegian in 2017 as a photographer. His passion for photography began in high school, so finding a photography job in college was one of his top priorities. He primarily takes sports photos, volleyball being his favorite to shoot. Having been on The Collegian staff for 4 1/2 years, he's watched the paper evolve from a daily to a weekly paper, and being involved in this transition is interesting and exciting. Although Cornelius is a computer science major, his time at The Collegian has been the most fulfilling experience in his college career — he has loved every second. From working 12-hour days to taking photos in Las Vegas for the Mountain West Conference, he cannot think of a better place to work. Working as a photographer for The Collegian pushed him outside of his comfort zone, taking him places that he never expected and making him the photographer he is today. As the digital managing editor, Cornelius oversees the photos, graphics and social media of The Collegian along with other small tech things. Working on the editorial staff with Katrina Leibee and Serena Bettis has been super fun and extremely rewarding, and together they have been pushing The Collegian toward being an alt-weekly. Outside of The Collegian, he enjoys playing volleyball, rugby, tumbling and a variety of video games. When in Austin, you can find him out on the lake, wake surfing, wake boarding and tubing. You can expect that Cornelius and the rest of The Collegian staff will do their best to provide you with interesting and exciting content.

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