Dec. 23, 2013
The Rams capped off a record-setting season coming back from a 22-point deficit on Saturday, the second-largest comeback in program history, to defeat the Washington State Cougars 48-45 in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. With three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, the Rams trailed by 15 points, 45-30, also making this the second-largest fourth-quarter comeback in CSU history.
During summer workouts prior to Colorado State’s 2013 campaign the team searched for a season motto. In the weight room senior linebacker Shaquil Barrett came up with ‘One town, One team, One dream.’
The Rams spoke throughout the season of the importance of becoming more of a family rather than just teammates and needing to give Fort Collins and other communities along the Front Range a team to rally around. However, they wouldn’t reveal what the ‘one dream’ was, or if it was one specific thing. It was something they kept within the family.
By the end of the season it was obvious that CSU’s dream was to win a bowl game for its seniors and the community.
Colorado State football traveled south to Albuquerque, N.M., for the 2013 Gildan New Mexico Bowl with one thought, to accomplish its ‘one dream,” and that is exactly what they did.
LOST IN THE PANDEMONIUM
- Senior linebacker Shaquil Barrett’s final play in a green and gold uniform was a forced fumble and recovery which set up the eventual game-tying touchdown.
- Sophomore running back Kapri Bibbs became only the third player in NCAA history to rush for at least 30 touchdowns in a single season, joining Montee Ball (2011) and Barry Sanders (1988).
- Bibbs tied the NCAA single-season record scoring at least three rushing touchdowns in eight games, set by Barry Sanders in 1988.
- Not only did Garrett Grayson finish the year as CSU’s single-season passing leader but he now holds the single-season total offense record with 3,815 yards. Bradlee Van Pelt set the record in 2003 with 3,754 total yards.
- Grayson’s eight victories this season are the most by a CSU quarterback since Bradlee Van Pelt’s 10 in 2002.
- Rashard Higgins finished the year with 68 receptions, the fourth-most in a single season at CSU.
- Jared Roberts connected on a career-high four field goals, the second-most in a single game amongst all Colorado State place kickers, and the most in New Mexico Bowl history.
- The last time CSU made four field goals in a game was at New Mexico in 2005.
ROAD TO ALBUQUERQUE
Take a behind-the-scenes look at the Rams’ bowl journey through this series of videos by CSU Athletics:
RAMS RISING: ROAD TO ALBUQUERQUE, PART I
RAMS RISING: ROAD TO ALBUQUERQUE, PART II
RAMS RISING: ROAD TO ALBUQUERQUE, PART III
NEW MEXICO BOWL HIGHLIGHTS
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