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Nov. 13, 2010

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Fumbles: The Rams lost two fumbles over the game’s first 16 minutes. Over the previous five games, they’d lost just two.

Rockies ram handlers: The Colorado Rockies’ assistant athletic trainer, Scott Gehret, and corporate account executive, Billy Witter, just two of several CSU alumni working for the major-league ballclub, will serve as honorary ram handlers at Saturday’s game.

Coin toss: The Rams have won the opening coin toss eight times in11 games, including today. They’ve now won the toss in six straight games.

Farewell, Cougars: The contest is the last in the foreseeable future between the two programs, which have met 69 times, since their first meeting in 1922, when the programs were first together in a league, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. BYU will become an FBS independent in 2011.


  • LB Mychal Sisson has five forced fumbles this season, all in the last three games. His five forced fumbles this year are the most by a CSU player since 1998 (Joey Porter 8, Clark Haggans 7 and Willie Taylor 6).
  • LB Mychal Sisson has played in 36 straight games including the BYU game, every CSU contest since the beginning of 2008.
  • RB Chris Nwoke after a practice hit this week showed concussion-like symptoms, so CSU’s athletic training staff opted to hold him out.
  • P Pete Kontodiakos has eight punts inside the 20 over the last four games. His 16 punts inside the 20 this season are the most by a CSU punter since all-conference selection Jimmie Kaylor had 19 in 2007. Kontodiakos also has 12 punts of 50-plus yards this season.
  • WR Matt Yemm made his first career start.
  • QB Pete Thomas, having established CSU’s single-season freshman passing record in Game 6, surpassing Caleb Hanie’s 1,204 yards in 2004, needs only 14 yards to surpass No. 12 Steve Fairchild (2,578, 1980) on the Rams’ single-season list. He also needs 31 yards to eclipse No. 11 Terry Nugent (2,595 in 1982), 32 to pass No. 10 Matt Newton (2,596 in 1999), 40 to pass No. 9 Kelly Stouffer (2,604 in 1986), 203 to pass No. 8 Newton (2,767 in 2000), 277 to pass No. 7 Anthoney Hill (2,841 in 1994), 281 to pass No. 6 Bradlee Van Pelt, (2,845 in 2003) and 357 to pass No. 5 Moses Moreno (2,921 in 1996).
  • QB Pete Thomas today on the Rams’ single-season completions list surpassed No. 6 Matt Newton (211 in 2000), No. 5 Newton (213 in 1999), No. 4 Billy Farris (233 in 2008) and No. 3Justin Holland (235 in 2005). Thomas enters the finale with 237, tied with No. 2 Scooter Molander (237 in 1987) and figures to finish second on the all-time list, behind record-holder Terry Nugent (275 in 1983).
  • QB Pete Thomas, the nation’s only true freshman to start each of his team’s games at QB, is on pace to finish his as the most accurate single-season passer in CSU’s history. Thomas, who has connected on 66.2 percent of his passes (237-for-358), ranked 20th in the country in that category entering the weekend. However, of the 19 players ahead of him, only Oklahoma State’s Brandon Weeden (229-for-341, .672) and Oklahoma’s Landry Jones (263-for-397, .663) had thrown as many passes. Thomas also led all freshmen (true and redshirt) in completion percentage entering Week 11. Only Georgia’s Aaron Murray (2,307) had thrown for more yards than Thomas (2,273). CSU’s most accurate single-season passers:
Player Comp-Att Pct. Year
Pete Thomas 237-358 .662 2010
Caleb Hanie 188-293 .642 2007
Justin Holland 235-369 .637 2005
Terry Nugent 275-433 .635 1983
Moses Moreno 175-281 .623 1997
Billy Farris 233-379 .615 2008
Justin Holland 121-197 .614 2004
Ryan Eslinger 206-336 .613 1998
Caleb Hanie 209-342 .611 2006
Bradlee Van Pelt 180-297 .606 2003
Kevin Verdugo 159-265 .600 1991
Kevin Verdugo 93-159 .585 1990
Matt Newton 211-362 .583 2000


  • WR Tyson Liggett, who had 11 catches for 156 yards and a TD in 2009, finished his career with 16 catches for 218 yards against BYU.
  • LB Ricky Brewer, who now has 101 tackles this season with 13 today, became the first CSU player since Eric Pauly (2002-03) with multiple 100-tackle seasons. Since three players reached 100 in 2003, only Brewer (103 in 2008, 101 in 2010) and Mychal Sisson (105 in ‘08) have reached the landmark in a season.
  • K Ben DeLine with his 16th field goal this year tied No. 4 Jason Smith (16 in 2007) and Jon Poole (16 in 1980) on CSU’s single-season list. He now needs three to match his dad, No. 3 Steve DeLine (19 in 1986).
  • DeLine is the second-most accurate kicker in CSU annals (32-for-42, .762), trailing predecessor Jason Smith (45-for-58, .776; 2005-08). Derek Franz (.757). Jeff Babcock (.750) and his dad, Steve (.724), round out the top five.
  • NT Guy Miller has played in every game of his college career, 48 including the BYU game. Today also marked his 23rd consecutive start.
  • FB Zac Pauga has played in every game of his college career, 48 including the BYU game.



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