Mychal Sisson records two fumble recoveries and one touchdown in 45-42 loss.
Images from the CSU vs. SDSU game on Saturday, October 25, 2008
Billy Farris went 12-for-25 for 96 yards and two interceptions
Started all 13 games at quarterback, finishing with the first winning record (7-6) by a CSU starter since Bradlee Van Pelt (7-5) in 2003...In his first year as a starter, led the Rams to their first bowl victory since 2001...A poised leader, in five of his seven wins, orchestrated game-winning drives in the fourth-quarter...Connected on 61.5 percent of his passes (233-for-379) for 2,934 yards, with 19 touchdowns and 13 interceptions -- a 136.2 NCAA passer rating...Finished fourth on most of CSU's all-time single-season passing lists, including yards, completions and completion percentage...Tied for fourth on the Rams' single-season TD pass chart, trailing only Justin Holland (23, 2005), Matt Newton (21, 2000) and Moses Moreno (20, 1997)...Had three games of three TD passes...In season opener, vs. Colorado (Aug. 31), made his first start since his senior year in high school, in 2003...Cut the Buffs' lead in half with his first career TD pass, a 21-yard connection with Dion Morton in the second quarter; later, his third-quarter interception came after his intended receiver, Rashaun Greer, slipped...In engineering a fourth-quarter comeback, an eventual 23-20 triumph vs. Sacramento State (Sept. 6), threw for a career-best 321 yards, the most by a CSU player since Justin Holland in the 2005 Poinsettia Bowl)...In 28-25 win vs. Houston (Sept. 20), was turnover-free, completing 24 of 33 for 276 yards and two TDs...In Cougars contest, hit Dion Morton streaking down the right sideline for a 79-yard score on the day's second snap, then orchestrated two long TD drives, including a second-half march that proved to put the game out of Houston and its high-octane offense's reach, a 15-play, 73-yard march that took 7 minutes, 31 seconds off the second-half clock; Farris capped the drive with a 9-yard scoring toss to Kory Sperry, several plays after taking a fierce hit from a blitzing Houston LB in completing a key pass on the long drive...At Cal (Sept. 27), ended a streak of 53 attempts without an interception, throwing his first since the initial half of the Week 2 Sacramento State contest; completed passes to eight targets in Cal game...Completed passes to only three targets in conference-opening win vs. UNLV (Oct. 4), throwing for 294 yards and one TD; led Rams to their most prolific offensive game (510 total net yards) since the 2005 Poinsettia Bowl...Brought the Rams back twice, erasing a 14-3 hole in the first half and a 28-27 deficit in the fourth quarter; orchestrated two impressive second-quarter drives, a 98-yard TD march, CSU's longest in recent memory, and an 85-yard drive, on which he stood poised on his own 2-yard line to complete a 23-yard pass to Rashaun Greer on third-and-13...From his own end zone on first play of 98-yard drive, found Kory Sperry for 24 yards to give the Rams breathing room...Later in Rebels contest, put CSU on its way to a game-winning TD with a 30-yard completion over the middle to a diving Sperry, part of a 12-play, 80-yard march that wiped out a one-point deficit...Against TCU (Oct. 11) and the nation's No. 1 defense, orchestrated a game-opening 78-yard touchdown drive, and saw two sure touchdown passes dropped late in the first half of eventual 13-7 loss...On opening drive of tough loss at No. 14 Utah (Oct. 18), calmly led the Rams out of the shadow of their end zone, completing a 42-yard pass to Rashaun Greer seconds before absorbing a hit on third-and-13, then finding Dion Morton for a 29-yard touchdown on third-and-9; also completed a fourth-down pass to continue the drive, and was 5-of-8 for 80 yards in engineering the game-tying march...Virtually flawless in important 38-34 win at San Diego State (Oct. 25), just missed a 300-yard game and threw for three TDs, all to Sperry; orchestrated five touchdown drives, three of which tied the contest (79, 70 and 72 yards), and two that gave CSU the lead (86, 74), including the game-winning march that culminated in a perfectly thrown pass to Sperry in the corner of the end zone early in the fourth quarter...Four of those TD drives came in consecutive fashion...Early in go-ahead march against the Aztecs in the third quarter, again stood poised in the shadow of his own end zone to move the chains on a second-and-11 pass and provide breathing room...In heartbreaking, 45-42 loss vs. No. 17 BYU (Nov. 1), threw for three more TDs, including a clutch, 55-yard strike over the middle to Dion Morton with just 1:44 remaining, giving CSU a 42-38 advantage...In second quarter of Cougars contest, stood tall in his own end zone to complete a 25-yard pass to Greer, converting a third-and-5; later in first half, lined up as a receiver, then threw a 32-yard TD to Morton off a double-reverse pass, giving the Rams a 21-14 lead...His second scoring toss against BYU was a perfectly placed lob to Greer, giving CSU a third-quarter lead...Became the first CSU passer to throw for three-or-more TDs in consecutive games since Justin Holland also strung together a pair of three-TD games vs. Nevada and vs. Air Force, Sept. 24-29, 2005...Built a string of 100 passes without an interception from Oct. 18-Nov. 8...Guided the Rams to nine touchdowns over nine straight trips into the red zone from Oct. 25-Nov. 8...At Air Force (Nov. 8), orchestrated three first-half scoring drives, completing several third- and fourth-down passes; on fourth-and-3 from the Air Force 4-yard line, hit Dion Morton for a game-tying TD, then on a 16-play scoring drive in the second quarter, converted all four third downs, completing passes on each play...Led the Rams back from a 14-3 deficit in win at Wyoming (Nov. 22) that made CSU bowl eligible; threw a pair of perfect spirals to Dion Morton for respective 51- and 43-yard scores to stake CSU to a 17-14 lead just before half, then early in the fourth quarter connected again with Morton on third-and-13 for a diving 31-yard TD that gave the Rams a lead they wouldn't relinquish (replay review upheld the score)...In CSU's record book, Morton tied for the second-most receiving touchdowns ever in a game, en route to matching the Rams' single-season record with 10 touchdown catches...In final college game, the New Mexico Bowl triumph vs. Fresno State (Dec. 20), orchestrated three TD drives of better than 80 yards; on two of those possessions, threw critical touchdowns, one that trimmed CSU's deficit to 21-20 just 2 seconds before halftime -- a 22-yard strike to Sperry -- and another -- a 69-yard bomb to Greer -- that gave the Rams their eventual game-winning points with 7 minutes remaining...In third quarter of Bulldogs contest, also threw a lead block to give Morton his final few yards on a 25-yard end around...Had great confidence and poise, despite being a first-time starter...Coaches noted his leadership skills and demeanor before naming him the starter early in fall camp.
Played in three overall quarters, one in each of three consecutive games, completing 9 of 20 passes for 91 yards with no TDs or INTs; also carried five times for 11 yards...Made his season debut against Air Force (Oct. 13), entering in the second half for a few series, and completed 5 of 11 passes for 45 yards...Played late the following week in the team's emotional first win at UNLV (Oct. 20), but didn't throw a pass...Was 4-for-9 for 46 yards in closing out a loss to Utah (Oct. 27)...An elbow injury sidelined him for the season's final month.
Saw playing time in the season opener vs. Weber State (Sept. 2), and vs. UNLV (Oct. 7), at Utah (Nov. 11), vs. TCU (Nov. 25) and at San Diego State (Dec. 2)...Went 2-for-3 passing for 49 yards and a touchdown pass, a 7-yard strike to Kory Sperry, in the final minute of loss to Utes...Set career highs in attempts, completions and yards by going 8-for-12 for 86 yards in home loss to Horned Frogs...Also got into the season finale at San Diego State, and completed 1 of 4 passes for 13 yards.
Saw action as a reserve in win vs. Nevada (Sept. 24).
Redshirted as a true freshman in his first season of college eligibility.
A first-team all-district quarterback and punter as a senior at Woodlawn High School in Baton Rouge, La. ...Named first team all-metro in the Baton Rouge area...Garnered MVP in the 2003 Bayou Bowl (Texas vs. Louisiana All-Star Game), where he threw four touchdown passes...Also was MVP for the Louisiana All-Star Classic in 2003, and for the All-Metro All-Star Game in 2002...Lettered in baseball as a pitcher and third baseman.
Given name William Joseph Farris...Born March 2, 1985, in Baton Rouge, La. ...Is engaged to Kristi Amos...Son of Bill and Brandy Farris...His father, Bill, was a defensive end and punter at Ole Miss...Has one brother and one sister...Majoring in liberal arts...Hometown: Baton Rouge, La.
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