This Week in Rams Athletics: Homecoming and Family Weekend `08
Oct. 6, 2008
By Danielle Marshall
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- A night of CSU tradition continues after the parade on Friday with the Homecoming Pep Rally, featuring football coach Steve Fairchild, volleyball coach Tom Hilbert, and members of their teams, followed by hours of festival fun including music, games, food and more! Participants can explore the family friendly offerings of RamTown before wrapping up the celebration with the bonfire, fireworks show and Lighting of the "A."
There is no charge to attend the Homecoming Festival; however, a $15 per person registration fee covers the cost of dinner, drinks and dessert, with plenty of options for the whole family.
$15 per person (no charge for CSU students, faculty and staff)
Ticker orders (including CSU students, faculty and staff) will be taken through the Campus Box Office at 970/491-4TIX. Tickets will also be available on site during the event.
The Rams take on the TCU Horned Frogs this Saturday at 1:30 p.m. The Rams have won five straight in Fort Collins, their longest streak since a five-game stretch from Nov. 13, 2004-Oct. 22, 2005. Gartrell Johnson was named Co-Offensive Player of the Week on Monday.
Johnson registered career highs of 33 carries and 191 rushing yards in Colorado State's 41-28 win over UNLV. The senior running back also matched a career-best with three touchdowns in the contest, including a 10-yard score late in the fourth quarter that capped off a game-winning drive in which Johnson had nine carries for 49 yards.
Ram Town opens at 10 a.m. Saturday
Ram Town is located just east of the team tunnel and opens three hours before kickoff. There are plenty of family friendly activities to enjoy, including the Quarterback Challenge, Pop-A-Shot, Field Goal Challenge, bounce house, slide, and an obstacle course.
Ram Town now features the Ram Walk, a new tradition in which the CSU football team walks through the interactive area two and half hours before game time. There will also be appearances from the CSU cheerleaders and marching band.
Admittance to Ram Town is free and there is plenty of food and beverage options for purchase.
CSU Alumni Association Tailgate - 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Alumni can enjoy traditional tailgate fare as they rev up for the big game. Visits by Cam the Ram, CSU pep band and cheer squads will set the stage for Ram Spirit!
Registration is required; tickets are $10 per person for CSU Alumni Association Members and $15 per person for non-Members.
Register for tailgate events.
Next up for Rams is a three-match week that includes a road trip to Northern Colorado on Tuesday night followed by home MWC tilts on Thursday night (TCU) and Sunday afternoon (New Mexico). Sunday’s showdown with the Lobos will be broadcast live on CBS College Sports with first serve set for 1 p.m. MT.
The Rams, in front of 3,252 fans at Moby Arena, extended their home winning streak to 23 matches with a win in Fort Collins Saturday.
The team (13-1, 4-0), despite a perfect 2-0 week, dropped one spot to No. 13 in the latest CSTV/AVCA Coaches Poll which was released Monday. Last week, the Rams swept Air Force 3-0 and then posted their third victory in as many matches against a ranked opponent as they topped No. 25 Arizona 3-1 at Moby Arena. Minnesota, which was ranked 13th last week and moved up to No. 12 this week, went 2-0 last week with wins over No. 19 Illinois and No. 18 Purdue.
On Sunday the Rams will play a doubleheader vs. Western Nebraska to conclude the fall season. Game times are 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at Ram Field.