Nov. 1, 2013
Colorado State (4-4, 2-1) has earned two consecutive road Mountain West victories for the first time since 2002 and will look to continue to build a win streak at home vs. Boise State on Nov. 2. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. MT and can be found on CBS Sports Network.
The Rams are also searching for their first win against Boise State, which has won both meetings in the series. Last season the Rams traveled to Boise on Nov. 17 and were defeated 42-14. On Friday, Nov. 1, CSU will induct six member into the CSU Athletics Hall of Fame, all of whom will be honored at halftime on Saturday.
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COLORADO STATE (4-4, 2-1 MW) vs. BOISE STATE (5-3, 3-1 MW)
KICKOFF: 6:04 p.m.
TV: CBS Sports Network—Andrew Catalon (play-by-play), Aaron Taylor (analyst), Lauren Gardner (sidelines)
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COLORADO STATE FOOTBALL HEADLINES:
Oct. 30: Colorado State to induct six members into Athletics Hall of Fame at Friday banquet
Oct. 30: Joey Porter press conference
Colorado State Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2013: Tonight two members of the Colorado State football fraternity will be inducted into the Colorado State Athletics Hall of Fame, DL Joey Porter and QB Bradlee Van Pelt.
Porter played for the Rams from 1995-98. He finished his career in Fort Collins with 20 sacks, the fifth most in program history, including 14 his senior year, the second best single-season total. Porter, who was drafted in the third round of the 1999 NFL Draft, played eight seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, three with the Miami Dolphins and two with the Arizona Cardinals. Porter is finishing up his degree and is an undergraduate student assistant for the CSU football staff.
Van Pelt, who played for the green and gold from 2001-03, took CSU to three straight bowl games and earned Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year honors as a junior and senior. Val Pelt threw for 6,271 yards on 429 completions and 38 career passing touchdowns. BVP, as he was known, could also make plays with his feet rushing for 26 touchdowns.
More below on the Class of 2013
NOTES IN 140 | #CSURamsNotes | #MWFB | #1TTD
• .@CoachMcElwain picked up his first true road win of his coaching career after beating Wyoming 52-22 on Oct. 19
• CSU has back-to-back road wins in Mountain West play for the first time since 2002 when the Rams defeated Utah, AFA and SDSU.
• The Rams earned back-to-back victories over two FBS teams for the first time since 2008 when CSU rattled off three wins to end the season.
• The Rams currently sit at .500, a place they haven’t been this deep into the season since 2008, when they also started 4-4
• Under @CoachMcElwain the Rams are 7-2 when leading at halftime and 8-1 with the lead after 3 quarters
• CSU is averaging 33.4 points per game in 2013. The last time the Rams averaged 30-plus points per game was in 1997 (36.6)
• Last season the Rams only averaged 21.2 points per game but have seen a 57% increase to this season (33.4)
• The Rams hung 50-plus points on UTEP (59) and Wyoming (52) this year. The last CSU team to score 50 points in two separate games was the 1997 Rams
• CSU’s Sept. 1 loss to CU marked the first collegiate season-opening loss for @CoachMcElwain since 2004 when he coached at Michigan State
• 59 points vs. UTEP was the most since Oct. 4, 1997 when the Rams defeated Hawai’i 63-0. The 59 points ties for the ninth most in program history
• Prior to 59-point outburst vs. UTEP the Rams hadn’t scored 50-plus points since Oct. 8, 2003 at BYU, a span of 3,666 days.
• Seven true freshmen have made their collegiate debut this season (Berk, Clyburn, Higgins, Lovingood, Schlager, Simmons, Williams)
• The temperature was 98 degrees at kickoff in Tulsa (9/7), the hottest game the Rams have played since Sept. 16, 2000
• Bama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium (101,821) was sold out for the Sept. 21 contest vs. the Rams. It was the largest crowd to see a game featuring CSU
• ‘Colorado State’ was trending worldwide for 15 minutes as the Rams took on Alabama on Sept. 21
• OC Weston Richburg, cand. for @outlandtrophy @rimingtontrophy & @lombardiaward, has graded out above 90% in all eight games
• In those eight games, Richburg has accumulated 23 knockdown blocks
• JR TE Kivon Cartwright became the first CSU player to score multiple receiving TDs in back-to-back games (UTEP & SJSU) since Paul Turner in 1995
• Cartwright’s six TDs are the most by a Ram pass-catcher since 2008 when Dion Morton had 10 and Kory Sperry had 6
• SR TE Crockett Gillmore is second among MW TEs with 292 receiving yards, which also ranks 14th nationally among all FBS TEs.
• JR RB Donnell Alexander picked up 70 yards on his 2nd carry at UH before being tackled at the UH7. It is the 3rd longest non-scoring rush in CSU history
• SO RB Kapri Bibbs has rushed for 767 yards, 5th best in #MWFB but his 6.0 avg/rush is 2nd in conference among RBs with 100-plus carries
• Bibbs’ 12 rushing touchdowns tie for most in the nation and most by a CSU rusher since Cecil Sapp in 2002.
• Bibbs set a career single-game high in rushing at Wyoming with 201 yards and three TDs and is one of 4 MW RBs to rush for 200-plus in ‘13
• Bibbs became the first CSU running back to rush for three TDs in multiple games in a single season since 1996 (Calvin Branch)
• Bibbs has scored 3 rushing TDs in back-to-back games, which hadn’t been accomplished since Calvin Branch did it three consecutive games in ‘96
• WR Joe Hansley set a career best with seven receptions against CU (9/1)
• CSU’s offensive line starters have a combined 134 starts, which ranks tied for 11th in #NCAA according to @philsteele042
• JR QB Garrett Grayson has only been sacked six times in his last 179 pass attempts
• On the year, Grayson has only been sacked nine times, which ranks 21st nationally
• After not being sacked vs. Cal Poly, Grayson wasn’t sacked until the final play of the game at Alabama, a span of 120 minutes
• Grayson has thrown 14 TDs, which ranks 28th in #NCAA, the most by a CSU QB since 2008 (Billy Farris - 19)
• Grayson threw 3 TDs in three straight games (UTEP, SJSU, WYO), a feat that a Rams QB hasn’t accomplished since Terry Nugent in 1982
• FR WR Rashard Higgins’ 7 receptions at Alabama were the most by a CSU freshman since Chris Nwoke’s 8 at Utah on Oct. 23, 2010
• Higgins’ 156 receiving yards vs. UTEP are the most by a freshman in CSU history and nationally the most by a freshman this season
• WR Charles Lovett, who returned vs. SJSU after missing five games with knee injury, has a catch in 15 straight games in which he has played.
• Lovett’s last game without a catch was Nov. 19, 2011 at TCU
• Shaquil Barrett’s 13.5 TFL tie for third most in the #NCAA while his average of 1.7 per game is seventh in the country
• Barrett’s sack total of 7.5 is tied for fifth in the country and his 0.9 average per game is 10th
• Barrett’s 13-tackle, 3-sack, 2-FF performance vs. UTEP earned him Bronko Nagurski Defensive POW honors, only the 2nd Ram to earn this award
• Confirmed through research dating back to 1970, Barrett is the first Ram to block two kicks in one game
• S Trent Matthews has picked off three passes this season, tying for the most by a Ram since 2009 and third most in #NCAA
• S Kevin Pierre-Louis (vs. CU) and LB Max Morgan (at UH) racked up 15 total tackles in individual games, the 7th-most single-game tackles in #MWFB.
• Pierre-Louis’ 14 assisted tackles is the highest total since LB Ricky Brewer’s 12 at Utah on 10/23/10
• After allowing opponents to convert 48 percent of their third-down tries last season, the #CSURams have reduced the rate to 36 percent this year
• DB Bernard Blake intercepted an A.J. McCarron pass in the third quarter. McCarron had only been picked five times in two seasons prior to that point
• CSU’s defense held @AlabamaFTBL to 66 yards rushing, the lowest total by the Crimson Tide since Oct. 9, 2010 (36)
• Freshman punter Hayden Hunt, who was added to @RayGuyAward watch list, downed four punts inside the 20-yard line at Hawai’i
• WR/KR Thomas Coffman is 2nd in #MWFB with a kickoff return average of 25.4 yards and his long return of 84 yards is 2nd in MW
• Coffman’s kickoff return average ranks 26th in #NCAA
• WR/PR Joe Hansley is one of three #MWFB players with a punt return TD. Hansley’s 74-yard return is the 12th-longest nationally
• DB/PR Tyree Simmons is averaging 11.5 yards per punt return, ranking second in #MWFB and 16th in #NCAA
• The Rams are averaging 13.9 yards per punt return compared with a 9.5 average in 2012
• Opponents avg. just 7.1 yards/punt return after averaging 12.0 a year ago, and 20.7 yards/kickoff return compared to 23.5 last year.
• .@LouGrozaAward candidate Jared Roberts averages 1.4 FGs/game, 2nd in #MWFB and 31st nationally
• Roberts’ career field goal percentage of 90.9 percent leads the nation among all active kickers
• Shaquil Barrett earned MW Special Teams Player of the Week after blocking two Cal Poly field goals (9/14)
• CSU is one of eight teams in the country to block multiple kicks in one game and is second in #NCAA with 3 blocks on the year
ABOUT ALL SIX INDUCTEES
FORT COLLINS, Colo.--Six new members will join the Colorado State Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday night during the annual Hall of Fame banquet at the Hilton Hotel in Fort Collins (425 W. Prospect Rd., Fort Collins, 80526). The event begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m. in the hotel atrium, followed at 6:30 by dinner and the induction ceremonies. The event will be emceed by 9News sports anchor and CSU alumna Susie Wargin.
The Class of 2013 includes:
- Bradlee Van Pelt--Football (2001-03)
- Marne Richardson--Track & Field/Cross Country (1994-99)
- Willis Holland--Wrestling (1953-56)
- Ralph Hutton--Swimming (1968-71)
- Allison Peckham--Volleyball (1998-2001)
- Joey Porter--Football (1995-98)
Colorado State's Hall of Fame Weekend also will include the annual Legends Reunion of former football student-athletes, surrounding CSU's home football game vs. Boise State. The 4-4 Rams take on the 5-3 Broncos at 6 p.m. at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium in a game that will factor significantly in the Mountain Division standing of the Mountain West Conference. Boise State and Utah State are tied at 3-1, while Colorado State is 2-1 in conference games.
Fans in attendance Saturday evening will enjoy a special opportunity to see Hall of Fame head coach Sonny Lubick and Rams Legends lead the Colorado State team onto the field just before kickoff. The six new inductees to the Hall of Fame also will be recognized on the field at halftime of the game.
Each of the six new Hall-of-Famers excelled at the highest level of competition and will now be immortalized among the all-time best student-athletes to compete for Colorado State. The brand new CSU Athletics Hall of Fame is nearing completion on the south concourse of Moby Arena, allowing their stories to be told for generations to come.
Tickets to the banquet are available by calling (877) 498-7787, or online at http://www.Advancing.colostate.edu/HallofFame2013.
Tickets for the Rams' game against Boise State are available for purchase online at http://www.csurams.com/tickets or by calling (970) 491-RAMS (7267).
Marne Findlay--Track & Field/Cross Country (1994-99)
Marne Findlay is arguably one of the most courageous athletes to adorn the Green and Gold.
A former swimmer, Findlay made the switch to running after suffering a torn rotator cuff in high school. She quickly turned heads, becoming just the second CSU runner ever to earn a spot at the NCAA cross country championships her sophomore year.
She later earned two All-American awards in cross country in 1996 and 1997, with a best finish of 13th place in 1996. The Parker, Colo., native also won a WAC title in the 5,000-meter run in 1997, just one of her numerous all-conference accolades.
The Ponderosa High School product was named first-team all-region in cross country three times in her illustrious CSU career. She is a three-time academic All-American and four-time academic all-conference award winner.
Findlay is still ranked among the top 10 in CSU history in the 5,000 meters.
The CSU great was named the Colorado Sportswoman of the Year in 1998 for her bravery in overcoming a brain tumor and returning to competition in 1997. That year she led the Rams to their highest ever ranking, No. 12 in the nation.
Willis Holland--Wrestling (1953-1956)
Few wrestlers have matched the success of the heralded Willis Holland.
Holland put on a show for wrestling fans at Colorado A&M from 1953 to 1956, garnering All-America accolades twice for the Aggies along the way.
After qualifying for the NCAA championships in 1954, Holland finished in an impressive fourth place at the 1955 NCAA championships, and as an encore, followed that achievement up with another fourth-place finish in the 1956 campaign. His success helped lead his team to the Skyline Conference championships in both 1955 and 1956.
The 1956 Aggies squad finished seventh in the NCAA championships, scoring the most team points at the tournament in school history.
Ralph Hutton--Swimming (1968-1971)
CSU swimming legend Ralph Hutton was born to be in the water.
In 1968, he set the NCAA record, the national swimming record, and the world record in the 400 freestyle. From 1969 to 1971, Hutton set numerous Colorado State swimming records and stroked his way to three individual Western Athletic Conference championships.
In the 1970 campaign, the British Columbia native set the conference record in the 200-, 500- and 1650-freestyle events. Closing out the year at the 1970 NCAA Championships, Hutton placed second in the 500 freestyle and the 1650 freestyle and fourth in the 200 freestyle, earning three All-America awards.
Hutton's college success was just a glimpse of what would become a storied career in the pool. He won the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) national title in the 400 freestyle while finishing second in the 200 freestyle and fourth in the 1500 freestyle.
Hutton would parlay his AAU and college success into an illustrious Olympic career, capturing a silver medal in 1968 as a member of the Canadian Olympic team, finishing second behind the United States' Mike Burton in the 400 freestyle.
Hutton competed on two consecutive Canadian Olympic teams from 1968 to the Munich games in 1972.
He won more than 20 national titles in Canada and set more than 20 national records from 1963 to 1972.
In international competition, he brought home 24 total medals, including his silver medal in the 1968 Olympics.
The CSU graduate is a member of the Canadian Swimming Hall of Fame, the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame, and the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
Allison Peckham--Volleyball (1998-2001)
From 1998 to 2001, the Colorado State women's volleyball team brought home four straight WAC and Mountain West titles. Standout Allison Peckham was a large reason for that success.
Peckham was named second-team all-Mountain West as a setter her sophomore and followed that up with two MW Setter of the Year awards her junior and senior campaigns. She was also first-team all-conference during those seasons.
Voted all-district in 2001, the London, Ontario, native was named the Mencimer Award winner in 2001 as the school's most outstanding female scholar-athlete.
Three times the Oakridge Secondary School product was named to the conference all-tournament team as a setter. In 2000, she was named to the NACWAA State Farm Classic All-tournament team. She finished her illustrious career with 4,844 assists, ranking fourth all time in the CSU record books.
Peckham was part of a Rams team that made four straight NCAA tournament appearances, including the 2000 squad that won a school record 32 matches. A three-time academic all-conference award winner and former business major, she continues to be ranked among the school's career leaders in several statistical categories including assists per set (12.33; fourth) and single-season assists (1,588 in 2000; fifth).
Joey Porter--Football (1995-98)
From 1995 to 1998 there were few players more feared in college football than Colorado State defensive end Joey Porter.
Under the tutelage of legendary Rams coach Sonny Lubick, Porter helped lead CSU to some of the greatest seasons in school history.
In his four years in Fort Collins, Porter recorded 20 quarterback sacks, a number that still ranks in the top five all-time at CSU.
The 1998 campaign was a special one for Porter, as he racked up 14 sacks, the second-most in school history. He notched three sacks in a game against UNLV, as the Rams finished with an 8-4 record and their fifth consecutive winning season.
The Kansas City native capped the 1998 season with first-team all-WAC honors. Porter went on to play in the prestigious East-West Shrine Game and Senior Bowl all-star game in 1998 at the conclusion of his CSU career.
Porter was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round in 1999 and played in the NFL for 13 seasons. He was named to the Pro Bowl four times, and in 2005 led the Steelers to a Super Bowl victory over the Seattle Seahawks.
In April of 2005, just before earning a Super Bowl XL ring as a defensive leader on the Pittsburgh Steelers' world championship team, the former CSU star donated $200,000 to renovate the Rams' football locker room inside the Moby Arena building. The Joey Porter Locker Room helped transform CSU's facilities to some of the best in the Mountain West.
Bradlee Van Pelt--Football (2001-03)
The name Bradlee Van Pelt has become synonymous with Colorado State football since he joined the team in 2001.
His fearless style of play and eye-popping numbers have made Van Pelt a fan favorite to this day. The Michigan State transfer was a three-year starter for the Rams from 2001-03.
Van Pelt is the only player in CSU football history to be named the conference's offensive player of the year twice, earning that honor in 2002 and '03.
To this day, the tough-as-nails quarterback still holds CSU's career record for total yards (8,579) and single-season standard for total offense (3,754 in 2003).
Van Pelt joined an illustrious group in 2003 when he became only the fourth player in NCAA history to throw for at least 5,000 yards and rush for more than 2,000 yards during a career.
The son of a former NFL player, the late Brad Van Pelt, Bradlee would be named to the Mountain West all-conference team in both 2002 and 2003.
Van Pelt led the Rams to three consecutive bowl games, including a 2001 win over Sun Belt Conference champion North Texas in the New Orleans Bowl.
The Santa Barbara, Calif., native followed up the 2001 campaign by leading Colorado State to the 2002 Mountain West Conference championship and a berth in the Liberty Bowl, before guiding the Rams to their fifth consecutive bowl appearance one year later in the 2003 San Francisco Bowl.
The quarterback participated in both the East-West Shrine Game and Hula Bowl all-star games in 2003 before being drafted by the Denver Broncos in 2004. Van Pelt also went on to play with the NFL's Houston Texans.
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