Sept. 3, 2013
COLORADO STATE RAMS at TULSA GOLDEN HURRICANE
Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 | H.A. Chapman Stadium (30,000)
Tulsa, Okla. | CBS Sports Network
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Colorado State (0-1, 0-0), which is coming off a Sunday afternoon season-opener, heads to Tulsa, Okla., for the first time since 1996 to take on the Tulsa Golden Hurricane (0-1, 0-0). The Rams search for their first win at Tulsa as the game kicks off at 5 p.m. MT on Sept. 7, 2013.
The 2013 meeting between the Rams and Golden Hurricane will mark only the eighth matchup between the two teams. CSU has won three of the last four meetings, however Tulsa leads the series 4-3-0. Both teams were members of the WAC from 1996-98.
WHERE TO FIND THE GAME: Saturday’s game between Colorado State and Tulsa will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network (412/846 - Comcast, 221 - Directv, 158 - Dish), with Ben Holden (play-by-play), former Penn State coach Tom Bradley (analyst) and Kristine Leahy (sideline) on the call. CSU fans can listen to the action on the revamped Colorado State Radio Network with new Voice of the Rams Gary Miller alongside Brian Roth (analyst) and Kevin McGlue (sideline). On the airwaves, fans will now be able to listen to the game across the state on: KJAC-FM 105.5/102.3 ESPN Denver, KREL-AM 1580 ESPN Colorado Springs, KSIR-AM 1010 in Fort Morgan, KRFD-FM 94.5 in Sterling, and KNZZAM Newsradio 1100 in Grand Junction. Fans can listen to the pregame show and entire game on both 105.5/102.3 ESPN FM but the postgame show will only be broadcast on 105.5 ESPN FM.
NOTES IN 140 | #CSURamsNotes | #MWFB | #1TTD
• Sunday’s defeat marks the fi rst collegiate season-opening loss for @CoachMcElwain since 2004 when he coached at Michigan State
• CSU has rattled off 3 consecutive home victories, the longest home win streak since 2005 when the Rams won 4-straight
• Six true freshmen made their collegiate debut on Sunday, including WR Rashard Higgins who caught 6 passes for 57 yards
• .@TulsaFootball has nine days to prepare for Colorado State, coming off their Thursday season-opener vs. Bowling Green
• The last @Conference_USA opponent @CSUFootball faced was UTEP on Oct. 22, 2011. CSU lost 31-17
• The Rams are one of 57 teams to not throw an interception in week 1
• RS-SO RB Kapri Bibbs made his collegiate debut vs. CU scoring two TDs and rushing for 70 yards on 15 attempts
• Bibbs’ two TDs (12 pts) is tied for the most in #MWFB
• WR Joe Hansley set a career-best with eight receptions against the Buffaloes
• CSU’s offensive line starters have a combined 95 starts, which ranks 12th in #NCAA according to @philsteele042
• JR QB Garrett Grayson’s 39 pass attempts on Sunday is the third highest total of his career
• Higgins’ 8 receptions are the most by a CSU freshman since Chris Nwoke’s 8 at Utah on Oct. 23, 2010
• JR WR Charles Lovett, who looks to return to the fi eld on Saturday, has a catch in 12 straight contests in which he has played
• Lovett’s last game without a catch was Nov. 19, 2011 at TCU, 654 days ago
• S Kevin Pierre-Louis racked up 15 total tackles on Sunday, the 4th most in #MWFB. Also in the top 10, Aaron Davis and Bernard Blake (11)
• Pierre-Louis’ 14 assisted tackles is the highest total since LB Ricky Brewer’s 12 at Utah on 10/23/10
• The Rams ranks No. 2 in rushing defense in #MWFB, after only allowing the Buffs to rush for 109 yards
• Shaquil Barrett’s 3.5 TFL in week 1 is the second-highest total in #MWFB and tied for second nationally
• Freshman punter Hayden Hunt’s 69-yd punt vs. Colorado is the longest in #MWFB. It is also the 4th-longest in #NCAA
• Hunt’s punt average of 49.7 is good for second in the Mountain West
• WR/KR Thomas Coffman leads #MWFB with a kickoff return average of 40.5 yards and his long return of 84 yards also leads the MW
• Nationally, Coffman’s kickoff return average ranks eighth
• WR/PR Joe Hansley leads #MWFB with a punt return average of 30.7 and he is the only MW player with a punt return TD
• .@LouGrozaAward candidate Jared Roberts went two-for-two on Sunday. He now has connected on eight straight field goals
• Long snapper Tanner Hedstrom has a streak of 33 consecutive games without an errant snap
The Rams return 19 starters in 2013, nine offensively, eight defensively and two from the special teams unit. Colorado State brings back 78 percent of its passing yardage, and 85.7 percent of its net rushing.
Quarterbacks Garrett Grayson and Conner Smith return after registering a combined nine starts in 2012. Grayson threw for 946 yards and Smith for 1,022. Running backs Donnell Alexander and Chris Nwoke both return after rushing for 587 and 570, respectively in 2012.
Defensively, the Rams return 100 percent of their interceptions, 92.8 percent of their forced fumbles, 78 percent of their sacks and 77.4 percent of tackles from 2012. The Rams return the 2012 statistical team leader for every major offensive and defensive category.
NEW PUNTER For the first time in four years, the Rams have a new punter. Hayden Hunt, a redshirt freshman from Long Beach, Calif., replaces three-time All-Mountain West choice Pete Kontodiakos.
Hunt did not wait long to ‘wow’ Colorado State fans. In his first collegiate appearance, the freshman punter booted the ball seven times for an average of 49.7 yards per punt, including a 69-yard bomb from the back of his own end zone. Hunt’s 69-yard punt is the longest kick by a Colorado State punter in his collegiate debut.
Hunt’s 69-yard boot is the longest punt in the Mountain West and ranks as the fourth-longest nationally.
In the season-opener, Colorado State had 15 players make their collegiate debut.
True Freshmen: DL Austin Berk, LB Deonte Clyburn, WR Rashard Higgins, S Jake Schlager, DB Tyree Simmons and RB Eric Williams
Redshirt Freshmen: P Hayden Hunt, LB Danny Nwosu, WR Robert Ruiz and WR Jordon Vaden
Sophomores: DL Terry Jackson and DL LaRyan King
Redshirt Sophomores: RB Kapri Bibbs, RB Davon Riddick and WR Willie Udofia
HONOR ROLL After winning four games in 2012, the most since 2008, expectations in 2013 are high. Fortunately, the Rams have players capable of producing a winning season and five of them earned preseason honors.
SHORT VS. LONG REST
Both teams are coming off season-opening losses. The Rams dropped their fi rst game to in-state rival Colorado and Tulsa was defeated on the road by Bowling Green. When the game kicks off on Saturday, the Golden Hurricane will have had nine days to prepare, while the Rams, who played on Sunday, only had six.
The last time Colorado State had a six-day turnaround was in 2009. The Rams traveled south to New Mexico on Saturday, Nov. 21 before playing on the Friday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 27, to end the season against Wyoming. CSU lost 17-16 to the Cowboys.
The last time the Rams won on a short week was also in 2009. CSU opened the season on Sunday, Sept. 6 vs. Colorado and six days later hosted Weber State in the home-opener, winning 24-23.
Week 1 vs. Colorado - Sophomore WR/PR Joe Hansley, Punt Returner co-Performer of the Week by College Football Performance Awards.
WEEKLY CAPTAINS Week 1 vs. Colorado - LB Shaquil Barrett, TE Kivon Cartwright, DB Trent Matthews and OL Weston Richburg
KICKING AROUND ‘EM
In the season-opener vs. Colorado, sophomore WR/PR Joe Hansley returned a punt 74 yards for a score, the first punt return touchdown by a Ram since 2006 when Damon Morton housed a punt from 58 yards out. After that the Buffs did not kick to Hansley.
Junior WR/KR Thomas Coffman returned a kick in the third quarter 84 yards before being dragged down on Colorado’s 16-yard line. It was the longest kickoff return by a Ram since John Mosure scored on a 90 yard return against the Buffaloes on Aug. 31, 2008. As with Hansley, the Buffs no longer kicked to Coffman.
Hansley leads the Mountain West with a punt return average of 30.7 yards per return. Coffman’s kick return average of 40.5 yards also leads the conference.
MORE ON HANSLEY
Not only did Hansley shine with his performance returning punts but the sophomore wide receiver also hauled in a career-high eight receptions for 91 yards. Hansley leads the Mountain West with 183 all-purpose yards and nationally it’s a figure that ranks No. 20.
A WIN SATURDAY WOULD...
Be McElwain’s fi rst road win as a head coach and be CSU’s fi rst road win since a double overtime victory at Utah State on Sept. 24, 2011.
DID YOU KNOW?
The first CSU football game to be played on a Sunday was on October 26, 1997 against Tulsa in Fort Collins after a blizzard postponed the game by one day. -Courtesy of CSU Historian, John Hirn
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