The Rams finished the 2012 season with a record of 4-8, the program's best since 2008 (7-6).
With wins in each of its final three home games Colorado State has won three consecutive home Mountain West games for the first time since 2005.
The Rams' three consecutive home wins also represent their first three-game home winning streak against all opponents in the same season since 2008.
Colorado State finished the season 4-0 when carrying a lead into the fourth quarter. In two of the games (9/1 vs. Colorado and tonight) the Rams fell behind in the fourth quarter and came back to win.
Senior punter Pete Kontodiakos finished the season with a gross punting average of 46.47, breaking the school single-season record of 46.09 by Mike Deutsch in 1976.
The final career gross punting average for Kontodiakos is 43.79, second-best all-time at Colorado State, behind only the 44.0 average of Jimmy Kaylor (2004-07).
RS -Fr. Donnell Alexander posted his third 100-yard rushing game of the season with 112 yards and one touchdown on a career-high 22 carries (4.7). The 22 carries were the most by a Rams running back this season and the most since Ray Carter had 29 (158 yards) in the 2011 season finale (vs. Wyoming, 12/3/11).
Alexander scored on a 3-yard rush in the first quarter for his fourth rushing touchdown of season. That tied him for the team lead in total touchdowns for the season with TE Kivon Cartwright.
Alexander's 112-yard rushing effort marked the fifth game in a row in which the Rams have produced a 100-yard rusher. In order: Chris Nwoke (19-115, vs. Hawaii, 10/27/12), Alexander (20-114, at Wyoming, 11/3/12), Alexander (21-139, vs. UNLV, 11/10/12), Nwoke (10-119, at Boise State, 11/17/12) and Alexander (22-112, vs. New Mexico, 11/24/12).
The last time the Rams had a streak of five consecutive games with a 100-yard rusher was in 2002. (Sept. 7 at UCLA through Oct. 12 vs. Wyoming). In that streak, which included six total 100-yard rushers in the five games, Cecil Sapp accounted for four of the performances, while QB Bradlee Van Pelt topped the century mark twice. Both did so in a win at Nevada on Sept. 28, the third game in the five-game streak.
Freshman wide receiver Joe Hansley finished the night with career highs for receptions (5) , receiving yards (102) and receiving touchdowns (2).
Hansley scored the game's opening touchdowns (his second of the season) on a 29-yard reception from redshirt-freshman Conner Smith at the 12:18 mark of the first quarter. His second was the game-winner, covering 30-yards from Smith with 1:29 remaining in the game. That score put Colorado State ahead to stay, at 24-20.
Hansley's 102-yard receiving performance was the third of 100 yards or more by a Rams this season, and first since Thomas Coffman had 146 on four receptions at Wyoming (11/3/12).
Hansley is the first Colorado State player with two touchdown receptions in a game since Lou Greenwood (2) vs. San Jose State in 2011 (10/1).
DE Lanston Tayni, with four tackles tonight (1 solo), finished the season with 77 total tackles, most by a Rams defensive lineman since 2002 (Peter Hogan, 65).
Tanyi also finished the season with 6 quarterback hurries, most by a Colorado State player since 1999 (Clark Haggans, 10).
The Rams finished the first quarter with 14 points, most in the first quarter in the team's last 23 games (14, vs. Northern Colorado, 9/10/11).
Colorado State finished the first half with 253 total yards through a balanced attack: 123 rushing yards, 130 passing yards.
The Rams' 253 yards at halftime are second-most in a first half this season and came on their most first-half plays (38). CSU had 278 yards at halftime at Wyoming (11/3).
Colorado State scored touchdowns on each of its first two possessions for the first time all season. It was the first time doing so since the game vs. Northern Colorado on Sept. 10, 2011 when they scored on each of their first three possessions.
CSU entered the game with 36 plays of 20 or more yards this season, an average of 3.3 per game, and added five tonight, including three in the first quarter (1st quarter: 22-yd. run by Chris Nwoke, 29-yd pass Conner Smith to Joe Hansley (TD) and 26-yd run by Donnell Alexander... 2nd: 24-yard pass Smith to TE Crockett Gillmore...4th: 30-yard pass Smith to Hansley (TD)).
Soph. kicker Jared Roberts connected on a 48-yard field goal late in the first half to stretch Rams' lead to 17-7. He finished 9-10 on the season, with his only miss from 51 yards vs. North Dakota State (9/8/12). He was 4-4 from 40-49 yards on the year (47, 48, 48, 49) and was 29-31 on PATs.
The Rams scored a touchdown on their opening drive tonight for the third time this season. RS-Fr. Conner Smith connected with freshman wide receiver Joe Hansley for the 29-yard scoring reception to give Colorado State a 7-0 lead.
Smith made his fourth start this season (3-1) at quarterback and played in his sixth game at the position this season.
In his final collegiate game senior H-Back Austin Gillmore made his third career start and second this season. (other was at Wyoming, 11/3/12).
Soph. WR Charles Lovett caught four passes for 35 yards tonight to be the only Rams player with at least one pass reception in every game this season.
Colorado State won the coin toss and elected to receive.
NEW MEXICO POSTGAMES NOTES
Team: -New Mexico game captains for Saturday’s game were RB Kasey Carrier, LB Joe Stoner and DT Ugo Uzodinma. -B.R. Holbrook’s 6-yard pass to WR Lamaar Thomas early in the second quarter ended a five-quarter drought without a completion. -UNM’s string of 300-yard rushing games was halted at nine straight, which ties the 1971 team. It finished with 10 300-yard rushing games, which are a school record. The Lobos finished with a six-game losing streak, losing four of those games by seven points or less. Last season, UNM was outscored by an average of 25.9 points per game. The Lobos’ four wins this season still was their most since 2008.
Offense: -RB Kasey Carrier’s 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter was his 15th of the season and moved him into sole possession of second place on the school’s single-season rushing TD list. His 3-yard run with just 11 minutes left in the fourth quarter gave him 41 for the game and moved him past DonTrell Moore for the single-season leader in rushing in UNM history. He finished with 59 yards to give him 1,469 on the season. -QB B.R. Holbrook completed his first pass since the Fresno State game on Oct. 27. His 48-yard pass to Andrew Aho in the third quarter was a season-long. He bettered that mark with a 55-yard TD pass to RB Jhurell Pressley. The TD pass was Holbrook’s first since the season opener vs. Southern. He had a season-high 205 passing yards. -TE Andrew Aho’s 48-yard reception was a career-long. -RB Jhurell Pressley’s 55-yard TD reception in the fourth quarter was his first TD reception of the season and seventh TD overall.
Defense: -LB Dallas Bollema intercepted Conner Smith and returned the ball 35 yards to the Colorado State 3 in the first quarter. The pick was the second in as many weeks for Bollema, his third of the season and career. He had a tackle for loss in the second quarter to give him 6.5 TFLs on the season. He left the game in the third quarter because of injury. -LB Joseph Harris had two TFLs to give him 7.5 TFLs on the season to rank third on the team. -CB Cranston Jones’ second-quarter pass breakup was his fourth of the season. -SS Matt Raymer had a TFL in the third quarter to give him 8.0 on the season to tie for the most on the team with DE Jacori Greer. Raymer finished with double-digit tackles for the second consecutive game. -CB Destry Berry’s third-quarter pass breakup was his team-leading 11th of the year. -FS Freddy Young finished with double-digit tackles for the second consecutive game. -DT Ugo Uzodinma forced his second fumble of the year in the third quarter and was credited with his fifth TFL of the season.
Special Teams: -P Ben Skaer’s 64-yard punt in the first quarter was the second longest of his career and his third punt of 60 yards or more this season. His career-long coming into this season was 59 yards. He booted two for more than 50 yards Saturday, extending his career-best punts of 50 or more yards to 14. Skaer landed three punts inside the 20 to give him 15 on the season. -K Justus Adams extended his consecutive extra-point streak to all 40 this season. He booted two field goals for the first time since the New Mexico State game on Sept 22 and had nine field goals made this season. UNM had only six field goals in 2011. -Kickoff specialist Greg Rivara sent all three of his kicks to the back of the end zone for touchbacks, giving him 28 on the season. -KR Chase Clayton, who entered the game as the No. 14 kick returner in the nation at 28.9 yards per game, had two returns for an average of 31.5 yards.