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Oct. 27, 2012

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  • Colorado State's 42 points tonight were the most scored by a Rams team since scoring 42 in a win vs. UNLV on Oct. 16, 2010.
  • CSU's 28 first-half points are the most scored by the Rams in one half since scoring 28 in the first half vs. Northern Colorado on Sept. 10, 2011. The last time the Rams scored more in a half was 31 in the first half vs. New Mexico on Oct. 30, 2010.
  • CSU's 21 second-quarter points are its most in a quarter since scoring 21 in the first quarter vs. New Mexico on Oct. 30, 2010. The last time the Rams scored more in a quarter was 24 in the first quarter vs. UNLV on Nov. 13, 2004.
  • Head coach Jim McElwain recorded his first home win with Colorado State tonight, and the Rams secured their first home win since Sept. 10, 2011 (Northern Colorado). The last home win against a Mountain West opponent for CSU before tonight had been on Oct. 30, 2010, vs. New Mexico (38-14).
  • The Rams and Warriors combined to score 49 first-half points. They entered the game ranked 118th (15.7) and 102nd (20.8), respectively, in scoring, averaging a combined 36.5 points per game.
  • The Rams had two interception returns for touchdowns tonight, the first time CSU has accomplished that feat since Oct. 20, 2007 at UNLV.
  • Redshirt-freshman QB Conner Smith made his first career start tonight, and was the Rams' third different starting quarterback this season. The last time CSU had three different starting quarterbacks in a season was 1981 (Terry Nugent, 4; Mark Miller, 3; Tom Thenell, 5).
  • Colorado State is one of just six schools in the country this season to start three or more quarterbacks (Southern Mississippi, 4; CSU, Kentucky, Minnesota, Tulane and Utah, 3)
    RS-Fr. CB DeAndre Elliott returned his first career interception 76 yards for a touchdown with 14:36 to play in the game, extending CSU's lead to 35-27.
  • The Elliott interception return of 76 yards was the longest by a Ram since Nick Oppenneer returned one 97 yards for a touchdown at New Mexico, Nov. 21, 2009. It is tied for the 10th-longest interception return in CSU history.
  • Freshman CB Jasen Oden snared his first career interception in the fourth quarter and returned it 40 yards for a touchdown with 1:17 to play in the game, capping the Rams' scoring for the night.
  • DE Lanston Tanyi recorded 2.5 sacks among his game-high 13 tackles to raise his season tackle total to a team-leading 59. That total is the most by a Rams defensive lineman since 2003 (Bryan Save, 59). He also had his first career solo sack, which came in the 3rd quarter.
  • Senior P Pete Kontodiakos entered the game ranked seventh in the nation in punting average (46.1) and averaged 61.8 on four punts tonight to raise his season average to 47.7 He had punts of 72, 60 and 56 yards in this game. The 72-yarder ties his second-longest of the season, and ties the third-longest of his career, while also tying for 10th-longest in CSU history.
    Kontodiakos' 61.8-yard punting average tonight is the highest figure of his career.
  • Kontodiakos has four of the five longest punts in the Mountain West this season (73, 72, 72 and 69).
  • RB Chris Nwoke rushed for 115 yards on 19 carries (6.1) to record the first 100-yard rushing game by a Ram since Dec. 3, 2011, when Raymond Carter had 158 on 29 carries (2 TDs). It was Nwoke's fourth career 100-yard rushing game and his fourth-highest single-game rushing total.
  • Nwoke scored two touchdowns, both in the first half, tying his career high (twice before, both by rush; vs. Air Force, 11/26/11 and at Utah State, 9/24/11).
  • Nwoke had a 27-yard touchdown reception from QB Conner Smith in the first quarter, the first of his career and longest reception of his career.
  • LB Cory James, already the Rams' all-time freshman sacks leader and ranked second in the Mountain West, sacked Hawaii QB Sean Schroeder in the third quarter to raise his season total to 7.5.
  • Freshman RB Tommey Morris scored his second touchdown of the season on a 1-yard run in the second quarter, marking Morris' second game in a row with a rushing TD. Morris finished the game with 54 yards on a career-high nine carries.
  • The last CSU player to have rushing touchdowns in consecutive games before Morris was RB Chris Nwoke, with three in a row in 2011 (10/22, 10/29, 11/12).
  • Senior LB James Skelton was inserted into the offensive lineup in the second quarter, in a 1st-and-goal situation, and rushed for a 5-yard touchdown. It was the first touchdown of Skelton's career, and first for him since his senior year at Chatfield High School in Littleton, Colo., as a running back.
  • Freshman WR Joe Hansley's second-quarter punt return of 76 yards was the longest of his career and longest by a Ram since Dallas Davis returned a punt 77 yards at UNLV on Nov. 27, 1999. It is the 11th-longest punt return in CSU football history and set up Skelton's touchdown run to give CSU a 21-14 lead.
  • RS-Freshman QB Conner Smith threw his first career touchdown pass, 27 yards to RB Chris Nwoke, in the first quarter to tie the game at 7-7. The pass was the longest of Smith's career.
  • LB Max Morgan's 38-yard fumble return in the second quarter was CSU's longest since Mychal Sisson's 88 yard fumble return on 11/6/10 at San Diego State.
  • With his two receptions for 33 yards tonight, WR Charles Lovett now has at least one reception in all eight games this year, the only Ram to do so.
  • S Trent Matthews recorded his first career forced fumble in the second quarter, recovered by LB Nu'uvali Fa'apito for his first career recovery. CSU turned the takeaway into the Morris touchdown run. 
  • The Rams wore their alternate pumpkin orange jerseys tonight and debuted a special helmet with orange Ram horns for this year's "Orange Out." The Rams are 3-1 wearing the pumpkin jerseys of their Aggies heritage in the modern era (9/10/11 vs. Northern Colorado, 33-14 win; 11/13/10 vs. BYU, 49-10 loss; 9/15/10 vs. Idaho, 36-34 win).
  • Instead of the traditional playing of the national anthem by the CSU marching band, tonight's anthem was sung by Emily Rusher, niece of head coach Jim McElwain and his wife Karen.
    CSU's game captains today: WR Lou Greenwood, S Trent Matthews, S Conner Roggy and K Jared Roberts.
  • Hawaii won the coin toss and elected to receive.



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