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Rams going for 10th straight win against New Mexico on Friday

Amid a four-game losing streak, Colorado State football will hit the road for a date with the New Mexico Lobos on Friday night. Coming off a painful 24-10 loss to San Diego State, the Rams are hoping that the latter half of the season will provide better results than their 1-5 start.

Colorado State football players celebrate after their victory during the Homecoming game against the New Mexico Lobos on Oct. 13, 2018. The Rams won 20-18. (Collegian File Photo)

Winning solves a lot of problems, and it’s been a while since this Rams team has tasted a victory. The only win on the season was in week two against Western Illinois, and each week it seems like they find themselves on the short end of the stick, unable to win close games.

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Entering their seventh game without having a bye week, the Rams’ high-powered offense has been beaten up over the past couple weeks, and a quick turnaround into a Friday night game isn’t going to do them any favors.

“We’re really beat up right now, as a football team,” Head Coach Mike Bobo said. “New Mexico, to me, is a very talented and dangerous team. They’re playing with a lot of junior college transfers. You can see that they’re talented and have speed.”

Injuries are a part of the game, but the good news is that junior wide receiver Warren Jackson participated in practice on Tuesday and will play in the contest on Friday. Jackson has been sidelined with a shoulder injury after leaving the game against Toledo back on Sept. 21, missing games against Utah State and against the Aztecs last weekend.

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Warren Jackson (9) works on a route during a recent practice. (Devin Cornelius | The Collegian)

One thing going for the Rams is that they have won nine straight games against the cherry and silver and have not lost to the Lobos since November 2009. CSU will be playing against another team that runs a spread offense, something the Rams have struggled with this season.

Bobo said they anticipate that Lobos’ quarterback Sheriron Jones will run similar in the game to Toledo signal caller Mitchell Guadagni.

“The Toledo quarterback did do a good job running the ball in their spread attack,” Bobo said. “I’m sure they’re watching that film of how they attacked us running the football, and we’ll see some of those copycat things. We’ll try to sure up ourselves and what has hurt us and then try and get a sound plan of what they’ve done with who they’ve had.”

Another big question mark for the Rams is the quarterback position. Patrick O’Brien still seems to be the consensus starter, but Bobo said they’d go with whoever gave them the best shot to win.

“I’m looking at consistency doing what we’ve asked them to do in practice, and hopefully that will carry over to the game,” Bobo said. “I’m not looking to draw it out this week, but we could go into the game playing more than one guy. … We’re going to do whatever gives us the best chance to win.”

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article stated the CSU wide receiver Warren Jackson had sidelined with a concussion, when in fact, he was out with a shoulder injury.

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Ryan Loberger can be reached at sports@collegian.com or on Twitter @Lobergerryan

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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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