Football Game Notes: Rams vs. North Dakota State Bison, Sept. 8, 2012

Aaron Davis and MW Defensive Player of the Week Cory James vs. Colorado.

Aaron Davis and MW Defensive Player of the Week Cory James vs. Colorado.

Sept. 3, 2012

GAME 2
COLORADO STATE RAMS vs. NORTH DAKOTA STATE BISON
Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 • 5:06 p.m. • Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium (32,500) • Fort Collins, Colo. • TV: KTVD-20

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THIS WEEK
The stage is set for the 1-0 Colorado State Rams to play host to the 2011 champions of the Football Championships Subdivision, the North Dakota State Bison. NDSU, also 1-0, began defense of its title last Saturday with a 52-0 home victory over Robert Morris. The Bison, of the Missouri Valley Football Conference, are ranked No. 1 in the NCAA FCS top 20 and No. 2 in The Sports Network FCS poll. The first meeting ever between CSU and NDSU also will be Rams head coach Jim McElwain’s first game at Hughes Stadium as the Rams’ head man. With Saturday’s win over Colorado, McElwain became the school’s first head coach to defeat the Buffaloes in his first try, and first since 1970 to win his first game as the Rams’ head coach.

ON THE AIR: The game will be televised in HD by Denver’s 9News to air on KDTV-20 (Comcast 657), with Bill Doleman (play-by-play) and former Denver Broncos general manager Ted Sundquist (analyst) calling the action. CSU fans can find the radio broadcast on the Colorado State network originating from AM 560 KLZ in Denver, with Brian Roth (play-by-play), former Rams great David Anderson (analyst), Kevin McGlue (analyst) and Marty Cesario (sidelines) on the call. The radio broadcast can also be heard on KCOL  600 AM in Ft. Collins, KSIR 1010 AM in Ft. Morgan and KNZZ 1100 in Grand Junction. The game will be streamed online via the official website of the Rams, www.CSURams.com. For information on this subscription-based service, please visit the website and set up your account today.

THIS WEEK’S TOP NOTES
• The Rams have now won their season opener for the second year in a row and for the third time in the last four seasons. CSU seeks to win its home opener for the fifth year in a row. The last time the Rams lost their first home game of the season came in 2007 against 10th-ranked California, and the last time CSU dropped a home opener against an unranked opponent was in 1993 when Oregon prevailed 23-9 in Sonny Lubick’s first game as Rams coach.
• CSU’s 22-17 win over Colorado on Saturday was fueled by two Mountain West Player of the Week performances, earned by a pair of redshirt-freshmen, LB Cory James and PK Jared Roberts. James’ three sacks were the most by a Ram in his first college game, while Roberts was 3-3 on field-goal attempts, the first Ram to make three in a game since Ben DeLine was 3-4 in a win over UNLV on Oct. 16, 2010. James also earned National Player of the Week for the linebacker position from the College Football Performance Awards.
• Senior P Pete Kontodiakos, a candidate for the Ray Guy Award, booted a 69-yard punt after the Rams’ first possession vs. Colorado Saturday, the second-longest punt of his career (76 yards; vs. New Mexico, Oct. 30, 2009). That punt lies just outside CSU’s all-time top-10 list by one yard. Kontodiakos finished the day with six punts for 287 yards, an average of 47.8 yards.
• Junior center Weston Richburg, a watch list candidate for the Lombari Award, Rimington Award and Outland Trophy, keyed a rushing attack that logged 44 attempts for 125 yards in CSU’s season-opening win Saturday. CSU ran fewer plays than CU, but with the rushing attack still managed to enjoy a 33:30-26:30 adavantage in time of possession.
• Colorado State was 5-of-8 on third-down conversions in the second half vs. Colorado after going 0-for-7 in the first half. On the other side of the ball, CSU’s defense allowed just one third-down conversion (on seven attempts) by CU in the second half, after the Buffs converted 4-of-9 attempts in the opening half. CSU finished the game 5-of-15, while CU was 5-of-16 in the final tally.
• The CSU defense recorded five quarterback sacks vs. Colorado, including the three by James, one of which forced a fumble). It was the most by CSU’s defense in a single game since the Rams racked up nine in a season-opening victory at New Mexico in 2011. James’ three sacks are the most by an individual in a single game since Nordly Capi’s 3.5 sacks in that same victory over the Lobos.
• The Rams held the Buffaloes to 58 net rushing yards, the lowest opponent total againt CSU in the last 34 games, since Weber State rushed for 58 on Sept. 12, 2009.
• Sophomore QB Garrett Grayson was 14-of-21 for 173 yards and two touchdown passes against Colorado. Grayson’s touchdown passes were each long strikes – a 20-yard pass to senior wide receiver Dominique Vinson just before halftime, and a 32-yarder to freshman wide receiver Joe Hansley midway through the third quarter. Grayson’s two TDs in the game matched his total from the final four games of 2011 when he took over the starting quarterback job. Coupled with his 66-yard touchdown strike last season, three of his four career touchdown passes have covered 20 or more yards.
• Sophomore linebacker Max Morgan led the Rams in tackles vs. Colorado with 7 solo stops, including one sack. He also thwarted the Buffaloes’ last attempt to steal the win from the Rams, tracking down the ball-carrier in the open field after a dump-off pass, and impeding his progress until teammates could arrive to take him down.
• Colorado State debuted a new look vs. Colorado Saturday with a return to a simpler uniform. The Rams also have added a pumpkin orange “A” on the back of their helmets as a nod to the team’s heritage as the Colorado A&M Aggies.
• The Rams in 2012 under Jim McElwain will have weekly game captains, in lieu of season captains. For Game 1 vs. Colorado, the captains were: junior RB Chris Nwoke, junior OL Weston Richburg, senior LB Shaquil Barrett, and senior LB James Skelton.

THE MATCHUP

SERIES VS. THE BISON:
All-time, Overall: First meeting

COACHES CAPSULES:
CSU—Jim McElwain: 1-0, first season as head coach
CU—Craig Bohl: 76-31, 10th season as head coach
Head to Head: (first meeting)
Against Opponent: McElwain’s first meeting vs. NDSU; Bohl 0-0 vs. CSU

• Craig Bohl was named the 29th coach in North Dakota State history on Feb. 28, 2003. The former defensive coordinator of Nebraska has led the Bison to national prominence.
• In 2011, he led the Bison to the program’s first NCAA Division I Football Championship with a 17-6 win over Sam Houston State on Jan. 7, 2012, and the Missouri Valley Football Conference title. NDSU tied the school record for wins with a 14-1 ledger and posted a 7-1 record in the MVFC.
• A native of Lincoln, Nebraska, he was a reserve in the Cornhusker secondary from 1977 through 1979 under Tom Osborne and played on NU’s 1979 Orange Bowl and 1980 Cotton Bowl teams. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Nebraska (1982).

Notable Connections
Steve Stanard, an assistant coach under Sonny Lubick, was named the Bison’s linebackers coach in March 2012… Shaquil Barrett’s former teammate at Nebraska-Omaha, Bryan Shepherd, is a junior cornerback for NDSU… Rams tight end Joe Brown, and Bison’s Jacob Davis and Derek Lee all hail from Wichita, Kan.

CSU ENHANCES GAME-DAY EXPERIENCE
Colorado State University director of athletics Jack Graham announced recently a series of changes to enhance the game day experience for fans attending the six home games at Hughes Stadium, beginning Saturday, Sept. 8.

“Our goal is to create a memorable experience for our fans from the time they arrive on a Saturday morning until they leave after a victory that night,” said Graham. “One of the great traditions in college sports is a football Saturday, and we want ours at Hughes Stadium to be filled with the type of pageantry befitting a university of excellence like Colorado State.”

Graham would like to engage more fans in support of the football team with a total game-day experience. Among the changes is a revamped Ram Town, an expanded “Ram Walk,” an exciting new team entrance and an earlier opening of stadium parking lots to give fans more time to enjoy the game-day experience.

Selected parking lots will now open at 10 a.m. for a $25 admission charge, plus the single-game parking fee of $10. Ram Club members receive free admission, provided they have a parking pass.

CSU students carrying student ID card may park free in the Orange lot beginning at 2 p.m.  The student pregame area, adjacent to the Orange Lot, will be enhanced this year with the addition of a DJ to provide pregame music and entertainment.

Ram Town, the school’s free fan experience area that includes inflatable activities for youths and corporate and private tailgate areas, has undergone changes to provide even more space for pregame activities. The inflatables have been shifted to open up the large grassy area for fans to congregate and enjoy a picnic, listen to the band and take in the pregame atmosphere.

New this year is an expanded “Ram Walk” that begins north of the stadium at approximately 2:40 p.m.   Students are encouraged to join the band as it makes its way through the east side student area and around the outside of the stadium through Ram Town to welcome the team buses upon their arrival, and line the team walk into the stadium.

Fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 4:30 p.m. to take in the full pregame experience inside Hughes Stadium. Flags representing each of the eight colleges on the CSU campus will be paraded into the stadium and displayed prominently along the south end zone wall.  CSU’s live mascot Cam the Ram will then escort to the middle of the field a new “victory flag” signed by the students outside the stadium before each game.  Cam’s delivery of the victory flag will set the stage for the team’s entrance onto the field, which has been enhanced to provide fans an exciting and memorable in-stadium experience.

By Tuesday each week of a home game, a game day agenda detailing the fan activities will be posted on CSURAMS.com and other campus websites. Fans can check there for the latest information and maps when making their plans, and also stay abreast of news and updates via the following Twitter accounts: @CSUAthletics and @CSUFootball.

NOTES FROM LAST WEEK’S GAME
Colorado State 22, Colorado 17 -- Sept. 1, 2012 -- Denver, Colo.

Pete Kontodiakos, with an outstanding day, raised his career punting average to 42.98.

Cory James currently ranks 2nd in the nation in sacks and sacks per game (3 sacks), and is tied for 3rd nationally in tackles for loss (4 TFL).

Garrett Grayson ranks 17th in the nation in passing efficiency with a ranking of 167.3. Other notable QB’s in the top-20: 15. Matt Barkley - USC; 13. Danny O’Brien - Wisconsin; 10. Geno Smith - West Virginia; 7. Derek Carr - Fresno State; 6. Chuckie Keaton - Utah State; 5. Taylor Martinez - Nebraska.

Two of those QBs in the top 10 are on the Rams’ schedule this season, Carr of Fresno State and Keaton of Utah State.

Jared Roberts is tied for 5th nationally in field goals made. The four kickers ahead of him are all tied for 1st with 4 FGM.

Colorado State captured the 2012 Centennial Cup by defeating in-state rival Colorado, 22-17, in the Cinch Jeans Rocky Mountain Showdown at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. 

• It marks Colorado State’s first victory over Colorado since the 2009 Showdown at CU’s Folsom Field in Boulder, Colo. (23-17).
• The win is CSU’s first over CU in Denver since the Rams knocked off the Buffs, 14-10, in Game 2 of the 2006 season at then-INVESCO Field at Mile High. 
• Since the annual rivalry began again in 1995 (the two schools met just once – in 1992 – between 1989 and 1995), Colorado State has now captured six victories over CU. 
• The Rams’ record vs. Colorado in the 12 neutral-site games played in Denver – at Mile High Stadium, INVESCO Field and Sports Authority Field – is now 5-7, including a stretch of three out of four for the Rams from 1999-2002. 
• Five of Colorado State’s last six victories over CU have been by six points or fewer, with the exception being the Rams’ 41-14 victory over then No. 14-ranked CU to open the 1999 season at Mile High Stadium. 
 
Colorado State Head Coach Jim McElwain, the 20th head coach in program history, becomes the first CSU mentor to win his debut game since Jerry Wampfler in 1970.
• Overall, five CSU coaches have now won their debuts with the Rams: Jim McElwain (2012 vs. Colorado, 22-17); Jerry Wampfler (1970 at New Mexico State, 28-9); Bob Davis (1947 vs. Colorado Mines, 20-12); Julius “Hans” Wagner (1942 at Wyoming, 10-0); and Clarence Griffith (1901 vs. Denver, 56-5).
McElwain also becomes the only Colorado State coach to win in his first matchup against rival Colorado.
• Overall, 16 different CSU coaches have led the Rams against the Buffaloes, and seven have picked up wins over the Buffs, but McElwain is the only one to do it in his first attempt. 
• Claude Rothgeb, who coached the Rams from 1906-09, led CSU to a 0-0 tie in his first matchup against CU (Nov. 10, 1906), one of two ties in the series.
 
Sophomore K Jared Roberts, a native of Littleton, Colo., who was awarded a scholarship just nine days before the opener (Aug. 23), opened up scoring with a 47-yard field goal midway through the first half.  Roberts also gave Colorado State its final lead, 19-17, with 6:39 remaining with a 49-yarder at the 6:36 mark of the fourth quarter.  He also added a 32-yarder with 2:56 left in the game to cushion the Rams’ lead, 22-17.  
• Each of Roberts’ first two field goals marked the longest for Colorado State since Jason Smith’s 52-yarder at Utah on Oct. 18, 2008.
• Roberts became the first Colorado State kicker with three field goals in a game since Ben DeLine went 3-for-4 in the Rams’ 43-10 victory over UNLV on Oct. 16, 2010.
 
Colorado State was 5-of-8 on third-down conversions in the second half after going 0-for-7 in the first half.  On the other side of the ball, CSU’s defense allowed just one third-down conversion (on seven attempts) by CU in the second half, after the Buffs converted 4-of-9 attempts in the opening half. 
• CSU finished the game 5-of-15, while CU was 5-of-16 in the final tally.
 
Colorado State’s defense recorded five quarterback sacks in the win, led by redshirt freshman LB Cory James who notched three (including a forced fumble).
• It marks the most sacks by CSU’s defense in a single game since the Rams racked up nine in a season-opening victory at New Mexico in 2011.
• James’ three sacks are the most by an individual in a single game since Nordly Capi’s 3.5 sacks in that same victory over the Lobos.
 
Eight Colorado State players made their first career starts on Saturday:
• Offense – OL Brandon Haynes, OL Jared Biard and WR Dominique Vinson
• Defense – LB Aaron Davis, LB Cory James, DL Lanston Tanyi, DL Alex Tucci and CB Bernard Blake.
 
The Rams’ roster featured 17 players who made their Colorado State debut in the opener vs Colorado:  Freshman RB Donnell Alexander, sophomore K Jared Roberts, freshman DB Jasen Oden, freshman RB Tommey Morris, freshman DB Nick Januska, freshman WR Joe Hansley, senior RB Mark Woodbury, freshman LB Kevin Davis, freshman LB Nu’uvali Fa’apito, junior LB Jedidiah Teofilo, junior DL Calvin Tonga, junior DL Eli Edwards, senior DL Lanston Tanyi, sophomore DL Alex Tucci, freshman DB Kevin Pierre-Louis, freshman LB Cory James and freshman DB Trent Matthews.
 
Sophomore QB Garrett Grayson went 14-of-21 (67%) for 173 yards and two touchdown passes. 
• Grayson’s touchdown passes were each long strikes – a 20-yard pass to senior WR Dominique Vinson just before halftime, and a 32-yarder to freshman WR Joe Hansley midway through the third quarter. 
• Grayson threw two touchdown passes in the final four games of the 2011 season after taking over for injured starter Pete Thomas, bringing his career total now to four.
• Three of those touchdown passes have been strikes of 20 yards or longer, including Saturday’s pair and the 66-yard touchdown strike at TCU last season.
 
Freshman WR Joe Hansley, a native of nearby Highlands Ranch, Colo., recorded his first-career receptions against Colorado.
• His first catch, an eight-yard reception for a first down, came on Colorado State’s second drive of the game and kept alive CSU’s scoring drive that resulted in a 48-yard field goal to take a 3-0 lead.
• Hansley finished with two catches for 40 yards, hauling in a 32-yard touchdown pass from Garrett Grayson with 8:37 left in the third quarter, giving CSU a 16-14 advantage.
 
Junior RB Chris Nwoke’s streak of consecutive games with a catch is now at 14, after he hauled in a 13-yard pass out of the backfield for a first down late in the second quarter.
• Nwoke recorded a catch in each of the Rams’ 12 games during his sophomore campaign in 2011, and capped his freshman season with three receptions against Wyoming.   
• Nwoke, a preseason all-MW selection, also carried the ball 11 times for 47 yards, all in the first half on Saturday.  He did not see action in the second half because of an injury to his ankle.
 
With Nwoke limited, three Rams’ running backs recorded their first career carries in today’s game, en route to 44 total rushing attempts for CSU.
• Redshirt freshman Donnell Alexander had eight carries for 66 yards.
• Freshman Tommey Morris recorded three carries for just four yards.
• Junior TE/H-Back Joe Brown also carried the ball out of the backfield for the first time in his career, notching 11 carries for 21 yards, including key totes with the Rams backed up against their own goal line late in the third quarter.
 
Senior P Pete Kontodiakos, a candidate for the Ray Guy Award, booted a 69-yard punt after the Rams’ first possession of the game. 
• It marks Kontodiakos’ second-longest career punt.  (76 yards; vs. New Mexico, Oct. 30, 2009).
• The 69-yarder narrowly misses CSU’s all-time top-10 list by one yard. 
• Kontodiakos finished the day with six punts for 287 yards, an average of 47.8 yards.
 
Senior WR Dominique Vinson, a former Rams defensive back, scored a touchdown just before halftime to cut the CSU deficit to 14-9 (PAT blocked). 
• The reception, a 20-yarder, was the first of Vinson’s career.  
 
Redshirt freshman LB Cory James recorded three sacks in his first career game at Colorado State, all in the first half. His third sack of the game also resulted in a forced fumble by CU quarterback Jordan Webb.
• It is the second straight season that a CSU player has recorded three or more sacks in an opener. (Nordly Capi; 3.5 sacks at New Mexico, Sept. 3, 2011)
 
Actor John Amos (Roots, The West Wing, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Coming to America), a Colorado State alumnus and former football player, spoke to the Rams at the team hotel Friday night.
 
Game captains for Colorado State on Saturday were : Junior RB Chris Nwoke, junior OL Weston Richburg, senior LB Shaquil Barrett, and senior LB James Skelton.
 
The temperature at kickoff Saturday was 94 degrees.  It marks the warmest starting temperature in the history of the Rocky Mountain Showdown.
 
Colorado State debuted a new look with a return to a simpler uniform this year. Additionally, the Rams have added a pumpkin orange “A” on the back of their helmets as a nod to the team’s heritage as the Colorado A&M Aggies.

2012 SEASON NOTES
Senior punter Pete Kontodiakos has the 12th-highest career punting average in the nation among active players (min. 15 games played, 3.6 punts per game). His average of 42.98 yards puts him first in the conference in the same category and ranks him fourth all-time at CSU.

Player                  Average           Years
Jimmie Kaylor         44.0               2004-07
Mike Deutsch          43.3               1974-77
Deone Horinek        43.2               1998-99
Pete Kontodiakos    42.98              2009-Present

The Florida native has also become a smarter punter each year he has been with the program. His net average has increased every year, while also decreasing the number of touchbacks that have resulted from his punts.

Year    Net Avg.
2012    38.5
2011    38.7
2010    37.6
2009    32.3

Awards and Honors
Game 1--vs. Colorado (9/1)
    Mountain West Player of the Week--LB Cory James (defense), K Jared Roberts (special teams)
    College Football Performance Awards, National LB of the Week--Cory James

Jim McElwain:
Newly appointed Athletic Director Jack Graham hired Jim McElwain on Dec. 13, 2011.
McElwain, who opened up the Bold New Era with a win over in-state rival Colorado, still hasn’t dropped a season-opener at the college level since 2004 as an assistant head coach at Michigan State.
McElwain knows the territory of being bowl eligible. He has been to a bowl games in nine of the past 11 years, including two national championships with Alabama (2009, 2011. He compiled a 47-6 record at Alabama.

FBS champ vs. FCS champ:
McElwain, who helped lead Alabama to a 2011 BCS National Championships, will coach his first game at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium against the defending FCS champion North Dakota State this week. It will be the first time the Rams and Bison have met. NDSU was ranked No. 1 in the preseason FCS poll.

Notable game on the schedule:
All coaches stress the equal importance of each game, but another notable game on the 2012 schedule will come Oct. 6 when the Rams host Fresno State. McElwain was the Bulldogs’ offensive coordinator in 2007.

2012 Preseason honor roll:
• Over the summer RB Chris Nwoke, C Weston Richburg, TE Crockett Gillmore and P Pete Kontodiakos were named to preseason watch lists for various awards.
• Richburg leads the Rams with three nominations: Rimington Trophy, Outland Trophy, and Rotary Lombardi Award.
• Gillmore was named to the John Mackey Award watch list.
• Kontodiakos is listed among the players to watch for the Ray Guy Award.
• Chris Nwoke, Kontodiakos and Gillmore also earned spots on 2012 College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) offensive awards watch lists.
• Nwoke is the only MW running back named to the 2012 CFPA Running Back Trophy watch list.
• Gillmore is among the top-42 tight ends on the CFPA Tight End Trophy watch list.
• Kontodiakos was named to the 2012 CFPA Punter Award watch list.
• Nwoke, Richburg, LB Shaquil Barrett, and Kontodiakos were named to the preseason all-Mountain West team.
• In late May, 11 Rams received Phil Steele preseason honors. Nwoke, Richburg, Barrett, Kontodiakos and defensive lineman John Froland earned first-team preseason all-MW accolades, the national college football analyst announced. Linebacker James Skelton and offensive lineman Jordan Gragert received second-team honors and Momo Thomas was the lone Ram on the third-team all-conference squad. Also garnering attention from Phil Steele was offensive lineman Joe Caprioglio and kick returner Lee Clubb.

CSU legend Greg Myers going into the College Football Hall of Fame:
Former Jim Thorpe Award winner Greg Myers, a two-time All-American at Colorado State, was selected for enshrinement in the College Football Hall of Fame in late May. He became the third individual in the history of Colorado State’s football program to earn enshrinement in the Hall of Fame, joining consensus All-American Thurman “Fum” McGraw and former head coach Earle Bruce.

In Fort Collins Myers led the Rams to a pair of league championships (1994-95) and consecutive Holiday Bowl berths. During Myers’ junior season, CSU appeared in the national rankings for 13 weeks, including the highest ranking in program history, No. 10 over the last five polls of the regular season prior to a loss to Michigan. The Rams finished No. 14 in the final 1994 rankings.

Rams head coach Jim McElwain invited Myers to speak to the team on the first day of fall camp on Aug. 4, 2012. McElwain encouraged Myers to bring his Thorpe Award back to campus and gave it a permanent home in the football offices so those in the program could continue to recognize and draw inspiration from Myers’ special accomplishment achieved as a Ram.

Reaching Into the Past
New Colorado State head coach Jim McElwain has said often since his hire that he intends to “reach back into our history to help our future.” Specifically, he has invited former players and coaches back to campus to be close to the program, and impart some of their wisdom on his current team. In addition to former All-American and Thorpe Award winner Greg Myers and his former head coach Sonny Lubick, speaking to the team, McElwain was proud to announce in August the hire of former CSU standout defensive lineman Greg Pollard in the Rams’ student-athlete academic services department.

New Leadership
The 2012 season is the Rams’ first under the leadership of director of athletics John C. “Jack” Graham, who was appointed to his position on Dec. 1, 2011. From the moment he was hired Graham has boldly placed Colorado State’s program on an ambitious path towards national prominence with his visionary leadership. A successful business leader and former Rams quarterback, Graham has integrated the department under the motto, “Dream big, work hard and settle for nothing less than excellence.” Graham, who played quarterback for the Rams from 1973-74, took on the duties of athletic director and quickly went to work. His first major initiative was to conduct a thorough evaluation of all athletic programs and to engage with donors and supporters about their goals for CSU athletics. Graham has been bold in his pursuit of a plan to build an on-campus stadium at CSU, the feasibility of which is being considered at this time by Colorado State University President Tony Frank.

JACK GRAHAM AT A GLANCE
Education: Bachelor’s degree, U.S. history; Colorado State, ‘75
Personal
Played quarterback for CSU from 1973-74
Drafted by the Miami Dolphins
Successful 30-year career in the international insur¬ance and reinsurance markets
Founded iCAT Managers, a leader in catastrophic risk insurance products
Advisory board member of the National Center of Atmospheric Research
Married to wife, Ginger Graham

Graham’s three objectives as AD:
--Maintain athletic department integrity
--Uphold academic excellence
--Win

Ag Day coming up Sept. 22
The Colorado State University College of Agricultural Sciences and Ram Athletics invite you to the 31st annual Ag Day, 1:30-4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22, in the south parking lot of Hughes Stadium in Fort Collins. Ag Day precedes the Rams vs. Utah State Aggies football game, with kickoff at 5 p.m.  Ag Day is a great game-day tradition of Colorado-grown food, football, and fun! Each fall, the barbecue draws hundreds of CSU alumni and friends to enjoy our state’s tasty bounty. We’ll celebrate Colorado’s rich agricultural heritage with food from the state’s leading commodity groups before the game kicks off.

Ag Day supports agricultural scholarships
Event proceeds fund scholarships for CSU agricultural students. During 2012-2013 alone, 20 CSU students will earn Ag Day scholarships, so people are encouraged to bring friends and family in the shadow of the famed Aggie “A,” and savor a feast of Colorado beef, pork, lamb, potatoes, beans, wheat and dairy products, green salad, watermelon, and soft drinks. Beer will be available for those with ID.  You may also give directly to the Ag Day scholarship fund by visiting the secure online giving page. Ag Day meal and football tickets are available online, by mail, in person from the Ag Day ticket office, and on event day. Visit the Ag Day website to buy tickets online or to print a mail-in ticket order form.

 


 

 

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