Oct. 15, 2011
All-Florida defensive front: The Rams started four defensive linemen all from Florida: Defensive ends C.J. James (Orlando) and Nordly Capi (Ocoee), and tackles Te’Jay Brown (St. Petersburg) and Curtis Wilson (Orlando), who made his first career start, in place of an injured John Froland.
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.
|Pos||Name||Starts lost||Games lost||Injury|
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.
- The Rams also had multiple non-QBs throw touchdowns in 2009, when WR Dion Morton threw two and RB John Mosure one.
- Three of the Rams’ TD passes this year have come from non-quarterbacks.
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.
- CSU’s six-time Olympic gold medalist Amy Van Dyken, one of the most prominent members of the Hall of Fame, returned to emcee the induction ceremonies.
- The 2011 class also features Courtney Cox, a volleyball player; Gerry Glyde, a standout in cross country and track; Teri Klement, a softball player; and Don (Lefty) Straub, a baseball player.
- The headliner is Jackson, who started at cornerback for the Western Athletic Conference champions in both the 1994 and ‘95 seasons. His CSU career accolades weren’t limited to the field, as he was named first-team all-WAC in addition to the 1995 College Football Association (CFA) Good Works Team for leadership and community service.
- After his time in Fort Collins, Jackson played in the NFL from 1996-2001 for the Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills. After his playing career, he went on to work for the Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he currently serves as the AFC champion’s director of player development. He planned to take a flight following the game back to Pittsburgh, where the Steelers are hosting the Jaguars Sunday.
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.
- After this weekend, only the Rams, Rebels and Razorbacks will have hosted two top-five teams since last season began. CSU hosted No. 5 TCU on Oct. 2, 2010, and hosted No. 5 Boise State Saturday. Ole Miss hosted No. 3 Auburn on Oct. 30, 2010, and this week hosted No. 2 Alabama. Arkansas hosted both of its highly ranked visitors last season, No. 5 LSU on Nov. 27, 2010, and No. 1 Alabama on Sept. 25, 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.
- The Rams joined forces with Poudre Valley Health System in an effort to “white out” the stadium, and ultimately white out cancer
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.
- WR Charles Lovett threw his second TD pass this season, after throwing a 23-yard score to TE Crockett Gillmore Oct. 17 vs. CU.
- DE C.J. James sacked Kellen Moore, only the third sack allowed by Boise State all season.
- T Paul Madsen left the game with a knee injury early in the second quarter and did not return.
- LB Mike Orakpo left the game with a head injury early in the second quarter and did not return.
- WR Thomas Coffman, who caught a diving, 46-yard pass to set up a Rams touchdown, has now been involved in each of the Rams’ longest three plays this season.
- DL Nordly Capi’s saw his team-record-tying five-game sacks streak end. It was the Rams’ longest streak since Clark Haggans reeled off sacks in five straight back in 1998, and matched five-game streaks by Sean Moran and Brady Smith in 1994.
- S Ivory Herd has not missed a game in his college career, having played in all 43 since the beginning of ‘08.
- Herd has started 18 straight, and 23 of the past 24, dating to Oct. 17, 2009.
- TE Crockett Gillmore also has a six-game catch streak.
- DT Curtis Wilson made his first career start.
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