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Ram Defense Stifles Weber State

Darryl Williams

Darryl Williams

Sept. 2, 2006


FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Colorado State defense held Weber State to negative 38 yards rushing and 86 total yards en route to a 30-6 season-opening victory over Weber State at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium Saturday afternoon. CSU set school records in both yards allowed and rushing yards allowed in the game.

Ram running back Gartrell Johnson III scored twice in the first quarter and gave the Rams an early 13-0 lead. Ram kicker Jason Smith knocked home a 29-yard field goal midway through the second to put CSU up 16-0 with 8:27 to play in the first half.

Weber State found the scoreboard for the first time as time expired in the first half with a 42-yard field goal by Conor Foley.

Foley then struck again after CSU fumbled the opening kickoff of the first half resulting in a 24-yard Wildcat field goal to make the game 16-6 early in the third.

After trading punts, Weber State nearly made it a three-point game on an interception returned for a touchdown by John Collins but the play was called back on a pass interference call. CSU went on to score on a three-yard run by Johnson to put the home team ahead 23-6.

The Rams added a touchdown with 7:11 to play in the fourth on a six-yard run by Caleb Hanie to make the final score 30-6.

"They (Weber State) fought you tough," commented CSU Head Coach Sonny Lubick, "made us earn everything. Other than the first drive or two, we got up 13 points, everything was hard-earned."

CSU ended the game with 149 yards on the ground and 212 yards through the air for a total of 361 yards of total offense compared to 86 yards by Weber State.

Individually, Hanie led CSU with 212 yards on 15-of-21 passing. Tight end Kory Sperry led CSU with four catches for 83 yards while wideout Damon Morton had six catches for 67 yards on the day.



On the ground, Nnamdi Ohaeri had three carries for 39 yards to lead CSU while Micheal Myers had 38 and Johnson had 34.

CSU (1-0) will face in-state rival Colorado next Saturday at INVESCO Field at Mile High. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. MT with the game being carried nationally on CSTV. Tickets still remain for the event and can be purchased on or by calling 1-800-491-RAMS.


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