Oct. 15, 2011
Injury city: CSU injuries have combined to prevent 28 starts this season. And among 11 key contributors, health ailments have claimed 41 combined games. Listed below is CSU’s complete list of starts and games lost due to health among key contributors.
Heisman-level completion percentage: Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore completed his first 18 passes. He finished with as many incompletions as touchdown passes (four).
Pink ribbon on helmets: In addition to their white uniforms, the Rams also wore pink items, similar to the NFL players, to raise awareness for breast cancer. Included were pink ribbons on their helmets. The Rams also plan to wear a gold ribbon on their helmets Nov. 12 vs. San Diego State, in honor of our nation’s veterans.
Forced fumbles: CSU now has forced 12 fumbles on the season, on pace for 24 this year. To put that in perspective, the Rams had nine in 2009 and 11 in 2008. They had 15 in 2007, and seven in 2006.
Penalties in first half: The Rams did not commit a penalty in the first half, and were not flagged until Shaquil Barrett’s encroachment on Boise State’s first drive of the second half. The Rams went nearly 43 minutes without a penalty walked off against them, since their previous flag, a false start against San Jose State with 11:22 remaining in the third quarter on Oct. 1.
Jackson headlines Hall class: Before leaving their Fort Collins hotel Saturday, the Rams heard from one of the best defensive backs they’ve ever had, Ray Jackson, who set the team’s career record with 20 interceptions. Including Jackson, Colorado State welcomed five new members to its Sports Hall of Fame during induction ceremonies Friday night at the Fort Collins Marriott. The group also was introduced at halftime of the Boise State game.
New voice: Marty Cesario, a CSU graduate, pinch hit for Kevin McGlue as the color analyst on the CSU Radio Network. McGlue is also the Voice of the Colorado Eagles hockey team, and had a scheduling conflict. Cesario, who has on-air experience with KOA-Radio and Comcast Entertainment Television among others, also will analyze next week’s contest at UTEP.
Hughes holds unique distinction: CSU season-ticket holders are in elite company, as they are the only fans in the nation other than those at Arkansas and Ole Miss to see multiple visitors ranked in the Associated Press top five since the beginning of 2010.
Whiteout: CSU’s football team sought and received approval from Boise State and the Mountain West to wear all-white uniforms at home against the No. 5/6 Broncos.
Rams make history in all white: According to team historian John Hirn, author of Aggies to Rams, the Boise State game marked the first time the team has worn all white at home since Nov. 10, 1956, when the Colorado A&M Aggies hosted Utah at Colorado Field. The school changed its name to Colorado State University in 1957, and permanently changed its nickname to Rams in 1959. CSU last wore a white jersey at home, with yellow pants, on Sept. 6, 1980, a 21-9 win over Air Force, with Steve Fairchild starting his senior season at quarterback. Sark Arslanian, then CSU’s head coach, decided he wanted the Rams to wear white because of the heat. Air Force that day was playing its first league game as a member of the Western Athletic Conference.
Against ranked foes: Since the beginning of the Sonny Lubick era in 1993, CSU has played 39 ranked teams (13-26). The team’s most recent victory over a Top 25 foe came in 2002, a win over No. 7/6 CU, in Denver. CSU’s most recent road win over a ranked team was in 1998 at No. 23/16 Michigan State. The highest-ranked opponent CSU has ever defeated was in 1994, a triumph at No. 6/4 Arizona.