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Colorado State football season notes

Dec. 2, 2013

SEASON NOTES UPDATE IN PDF | Season Notes (Infographic)

As the Rams wait on a bowl announcement, here are this seasons best notes and statistics.


*Colorado State has won 5 of its last 7 games and is bowl-eligible for first time since 2008 with 7 wins;

*The Rams have made some of the biggest turnarounds in the country in all major offensive statistical categories 

    • Colorado State is the only school in the country with both a 3,000-yard passer and 1,500-yard rusher.
      • Running back Kapri Bibbs leads the nation (D1 FBS) in total touchdowns (28) and rushing touchdowns (28) and ranks 6th in rushing yards (1,572). He has set the CSU and Mountain West touchdown records this season and is just 30 yards short of CSU's single-season rushing record.
    • Quarterback Garrett Grayson ranks 16th in the nation in passing yards with a school-record 3,327 & ranks 22nd in completions per game (20.5).
    • Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year candidate Shaquil Barrett is tied for 3rd nationally in sacks (12.0) and ranks 3rd in tackles for loss (20.5)
    • Colorado State, at 7-6, has secured its best regular season record since the 2003 team went 7-5.
    • The Rams are bowl-eligible for the first time since 2008 and posted a 5-3 Mountain West record, their best since 2005 (5-3).
    • CSU has closed the regular season with 5 wins in its last 7 games and in 6 of its last 9. The last time a CSU team closed a season on such a roll was 2002 when the Rams won 6 of their last 8.

CSU 2013 Season Rankings:

Total Offense--29th (461.2)
Rush Offense--31st (202.7)
TD/Game--29th (4.5)
Pts/Game--29th (35.3)

CSU Rankings in All Games Since 9/21/13:

Total Offense--11th (512.7)
Rush Offense--19th (231.9)
TDs/Game--13th (5.3)
Pts/Game--12th (40.6)

  • Defensively, Rams coaches emphasized in the offseason the need to improve their ability to get off the field on third down. This year the Rams have improved from 48% in 2012 to 36.3% in third-down defense, the NCAA's 3rd-biggest improvement.
  • Colorado State broke the school record for total offensive yards in a season, standing at 5,996 yards after the regular season.
    • Saturday's 629 yards--the fourth-highest single-game total in school history--helped push the Rams over the previous record of 5,706 yards set in the 13-game season of 2003.
  • The Rams have posted more than 600 yards in a game three times this season, including a high of 649, the third-highest figure in school history, at New Mexico Nov. 16.
    • CSU had just six games of 600 or more yards in its entire history before the 2013 season, and has added three this year (649, 629 and 626).
  • CSU on Saturday vs. Air Force extended its school records for 500-yard games in a season (7) and 50-point games in a season (4).
  • Quarterback Garrett Grayson (26-34, 395 yds., 3 TDs) broke the school's single-season passing yardage record against Air Force Nov. 30 by throwing for 395 yards, two short of his career high.
    • He now has 3,327 yards this season, topping the previous record of 3,319 yards by Terry Nugent in 1983.
    • Saturday's game was Grayson's fifth of the season with 300 or more passing yards (and fifth of his career), tied for second-most in a single season at CSU and tied for fourth-most in a career.
    • Grayson has thrown for 21 touchdowns this season, third-most in a single season by a CSU quarterback. The record is 23 by Justin Holland in 2005.
    • Grayson has 266 completions for the season, second on CSU's single-season list. The record is 275 by Terry Nugent in 1983.
  • With three touchdowns last Saturday vs. Air Force running back Kapri Bibbs has seven games this season with three or more, matching Barry Sanders' NCAA FBS record for 3-TD games in the same regular season, after not becoming a starter until the seventh game of the season.
    • Bibbs also shared the NCAA record for consecutive games with three or more, doing so in 5 from Oct. 19-Nov. 16.
  • Freshman wide receiver Rashard Higgins, a candidate for Mountain West Freshman of the Year, has 64 catches on the season, sixth on CSU's all-time single-season list, and extending his freshman record.
    • Higgins is tied for second among all NCAA FBS freshmen in receiving touchdowns (6), third in receptions (64) and fifth in receiving yards (795)
    • Higgins' 795 receiving yards are the most by a Colorado State player since Rashaun Greer had 1,114 in 2008.
  • Colorado State has scored a touchdown on its opening possession in all six home games this season. Four times it has been a touchdown and the other two a field goal. For the season, CSU has scored an opening-drive touchdown six times and a field goal twice, scoring on its first drive in 8 of 13 games total.
  • Defensively, the Rams have held their opponent scoreless on its opening possession in each of the last seven games. The last time a CSU opponent scored points on its opening drive was Oct. 12 when San Jose State kicked a field goal on its first possession of the game.
  • Colorado State has held back-to-back opponents to 13 points (Utah State and Air Force), the first time it has held back-to-back opponents to 13 or fewer points since 2002 when BYU scored 10 points on Oct. 24, followed by a 12-point output by Air Force on Oct. 31.
  • CSU was allowing 309.6 passing yards per game entering the Nevada game Nov. 9, and has allowed just 166.0 per game in its last four outings to drop its season average to 265.4.
  • Junior K Jared Roberts has made all 54 point-after attempts this season to set a new school record for PATs in a season. He is the first CSU player with 50 or more in a season. The last CSU kicker to go perfect on PATs in a season was Jason Smith who went 31-for-31 in 2008.
  • Two-time All-Mountain West center Weston Richburg, who entered the season on the Watch List for the Lombardi Award, Rimington Trophy and Outland Trophy for the second year in a row, has started every game of his career, giving him a school-record 49 starts after the Air Force game Nov. 30.


RB RS-SO Kapri Bibbs

  • Kapri Bibbs, playing in a pro-style offense, is sixth nationally and first in the Mountain West with 1,572 rushing yards (6.2 yards per carry) and leads all NCAA FBS rushers with 28 rushing and total touchdowns, a number that is a single-season conference and school record.
  • Bibbs tied a NCAA FBS regular season record scoring at least three rushing touchdowns in seven games this season. The record is also held by Barry Sanders (Oklahoma State, 1988).
  • Bibbs also tied a NCAA FBS record scoring at least three touchdowns in five consecutive games, also held by Paul Hewitt (San Diego State, 1987), Barry Sanders (Oklahoma State, 1988) and Montee Ball (Wisconsin, 2011).
  • Bibbs is 30 yards shy of setting the Colorado State single-season rushing record, currently held by Cecil Sapp, who rushed for 1,601 yards in 2002.
  • Set the school record rushing for 312 yards on 30 carries vs. Nevada on Nov. 9; It was previously held by Tony Alford in 1989 (28 attempts for 310 yards). This was the second-best single game effort in Mountain West History.
  • The following week, at New Mexico, Bibbs tied a conference record rushing for six touchdowns. It is the second-most single-game touchdowns among NCAA FBS players and it also set a school record.
  • Bibbs has two of the top three single-game rushing performances in Mountain West and CSU history (312 vs. Nevada, 291 at New Mexico).
  • Bibbs holds CSU single-season records for rushing touchdowns (28), total touchdowns (28) and points (168). Calvin Branch had held all three records since 1996.
  • Bibbs' 168 points are more than four FBS teams.
  • Had a two-game span (vs. Nevada, at New Mexico) in which he rushed for 603 yards and scored 10 touchdowns, easily the best two-game performance in CSU history.
  • Set the Rams' sophomore rushing record with 1,572 yards. The record was previously held by Kyle Bell who rushed for 1,288 yards in 2005.

LB SR Shaquil Barrett

  • Ranks third nationally with 12 sacks, which also leads the Mountain West. In CSU history, the 12 sacks ranks as third-most in a single season. In Mountain West history, Barrett's 12 sacks come in as the 4th-most in a single-season.
  • Ranks No. 3 in the nation with a Mountain West record 20.5 tackles for loss, previously held by SDSU's Mile Burris (2010), BYU's Jan Jorgensen (2007) and Utah's John Frank (1999). This total ranks as the second most nationally. 20.5 tackles for loss ranks as the third-most in a single season at Colorado State and the most since 1978.
  • 28 percent of Barrett's tackles come in the opponents backfield (20.5 - 74)
  • Barrett's 12 sacks are more than four FBS teams. 
  • Barrett's three blocked kicks this year are the most in a single-season at CSU since at least 1990.
  • Is tied for second in the Mountain West and tied for third nationally with three forced fumbles.
  • Named to Phil Steele's midseason All-America third team and was the Mountain West's only defensive representative.
  • Earned Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week for his two blocked field goals (vs. Cal Poly, 9/14) and Mountain West Defensive Player of the week after recording 13 tackles, including 4 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles (vs. UTEP, 9/28). Confirmed through research dating back to 1970, Barrett is the first Ram to block at least two kicks in one game.
  • Sept. 28 performance vs. UTEP also earned Barrett Bronko Nagurski Defensive Player of the Week and CFPA National Defensive Performer of the Week. Barrett became only the second CSU player to earn Bronko Nagurski weekly honors.
  • Additionally, Barrett has 74 total tackles, 5 QB hurries, one interception and one fumble recovery.

OL SR Weston Richburg

  • Accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl. First Ram to play in the prestigious postseason all-star game since Joel Dreessen in 2004.
  • Has started a school record 49 consecutive games.
  • Preseason first team All-Mountain West and watch list choice for the Rimington Trophy, Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award, Richburg has graded above 90% in all 13 of CSU's games and has recorded 45 knockdown blocks, including a career-best 7 vs. Boise State on Nov. 2.
  • The Rams have rushed for at least 225 yards in eight of 13 games and are on pace for an average of just over 200 yards per game (202.7), the highest since 2002 (205.7).
  • Richburg has blocked for the Rams' second-leading rusher in a single season in Kapri Bibbs, who has recorded 1,572 rushing yards and a school-record 28 rushing and total touchdowns.
  • Leader of one of the most proficient offenses in program history. The Rams are on pace for the second-highest total offensive yards per game average (461.2), have scored the second-most points in a single season (459), the most single-season yards (5,996) and second-most single-season touchdowns (58).
  • Leader of the offensive line that has only allowed 20 sacks, the fewest since 2003 when the Rams only allowed 18 sacks. 20 pass sacks allowed ranks 37th nationally.
  • Providing quarterback Garrett Grayson with time to throw for 3,327 yards, the most in a single season at Colorado State.
  • No errant snaps all season.
  • Midseason first team All-Mountain West choice by Phil Steele.

Kicker JR Jared Roberts

  • As a junior in 2013, Lou Groza Award semifinalist Jared Roberts has tallied 105 points for the Rams through 13 games, while connecting on 17-of-20 field goals, including a career-best 54-yarder vs. Air Force (Nov. 30). Roberts has also gone a perfect 54-for-54 on PATs.
  • Roberts' 105 points are tied for the sixth-most among all NCAA FBS kickers and ranks as the fifth-most in a single season at CSU. It is the second-most by a Rams kicker. He is on pace to score the most single-season points by a kicker in program history.
  • Most made PATs in CSU history (54).
  • Connected on a career-long 54-yard field goal vs. Air Force on Nov. 30. It was the 6th-longest field goal in program history and the longest by a CSU kicker since 1992. It was the 3rd-longest field goal among NCAA FBS kickers this season.
  • 17 made field goals are fourth-most in a single season at CSU.
  • For one week was the NCAA active leader connecting on 14-consecutive field goals, a streak that is a Colorado State record.
  • Has made at least two field goals in six-out-of-13 games this season.
  • Earned Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week and was named one of three "Stars of the Week," a national weekly award presented by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission. Connected on all three field goals on Nov. 9 vs. Nevada (20, 23 and 46), tying a career high. Additionally, Roberts was perfect on three PAT attempts.
  • His 1.3 field goal per game average ranks second in conference and 35th nationally.
  • This season Roberts became the schools most accurate field goal kicker. His .867 career field goal percentage ranks ahead of Jason Smith (.776), who held the record since 2008.
  • Handles kickoff duties and has recorded 27 touchbacks.
  • In 2013, Jared Roberts and the Rams are one-for-one on onside attempts.

TE SR Crockett Gillmore

  • Accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game. 2009 was the last season the Rams were represented in the East-West Shrine Game when DB Klint Kubiak, OL Cole Pemberton and OL Shelley Smith were selected to participate.
  • John Mackey Award midseasonwatch list (Most outstanding tight end)
  • Leads all Mountain West tight ends with 43 receptions for 533 yards and 2 touchdowns.
  • Ranks sixth among all NCAA FBS tight ends in receiving yards (533) and seventh among tight ends in receptions (43).
  • Gillmore's 533 receiving yards are the fourth-most by a Colorado State tight end in a single season and the most since Kory Sperry's 547 yards in 2005. Harper LeBel had 729 in 1983. In that same year Keli McGregor had 717 receiving yards.
  • Against Cal Poly (Sept. 14), hauled in 7 receptions for a season-high 83 yards, earning Tight End co-Performer of the Week by College Football Performance Awards.
  • Had a season-long 52-yard reception at New Mexico on which he threw four Lobo defenders off of him so he could gain another 20 yards.
  • Against San Jose State hauled in 5 receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown, earning College Football Performance Awards Tight End Performer of the Week honorable mention.



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