Game Day: Rams travel to Air Force Saturday for 2012 Mountain West opener
Sept. 28, 2012
The Colorado State Rams take to the road to face Air Force in a Mountain West contest Saturday at noon at Falcon Stadium. The Rams enter the game seeking to take back the Ram-Falcon Trophy and snap the Falcons' five-game winning streak in the series. It would be CSU's first win at Falcon Stadium since 2002, and set the tone for the remainder of the conference season.
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TV: The game will be televised in HD by Altitude Sports Network, with Bill Doleman (play-by-play) and Jay Leeuwenburg (analyst) calling the action and Natalie Vickers reporting from the sidelines.
RADIO: CSU fans can find the radio broadcast on the Colorado State Radio 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, and is streamed via CSURams.com.
VIDEO WEBSTREAM: The game video will be streamed online via the official website of the Rams, CSURams.com, outside Altitude's geographic broadcast footprint of Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. For information on this subscription-based service, please visit the website and set up your account today.
Junior CB Shaq Bell recorded an interception, forced fumble and fumble recovery Saturday against Utah State, becoming the first Ram with all three in one game since LB Mychal Sisson, at San Diego State, Nov. 6, 2010.
Senior P Pete Kontodiakos, a candidate for the Ray Guy Award, has recorded a punt of of 50 yards or more in five consecutive games, dating back to last season. His 72-yard punt Sept. 15 at San Jose State is the longest by a Mountain West punter this season, tied for second nationally and second-longest of his career. With a season average of 45.9 he is on pace for the highest average in school history (Mike Deutsch, 46.1, 1976), and ranks seventh in the nation (No. 1 MW).
When sophomore QB Garrett Grayson threw two touchdown passes without an interception versus Utah State he improved his TD/INT ratio to 7/2 for the season in 127 attempts, and improved his career ratio to 9/8. With just two interceptions through four games this season (an INT percentage of 1.6), Grayson is the first Rams starting quarterback to have so few interceptions through the season's first four games since 1985 (Kelly Stouffer).
Sophomore WR Charles Lovett has 12 receptions for 163 yards in his last two games after recording just seven receptions for 53 yards for his career through the first two games of 2012.
Freshman linebacker Cory James tied the CSU freshman sack record when he recorded his fifth of the season versus Utah State. James' five sacks tie him for 8th in the nation (1st in MW), and he is tied for eighth in sacks per game (1.25). James is the only freshman ranked in the nation's top 20 in sacks. Additionally, James has recorded 5.5 tackles for loss, tying for 2nd in the Mountain West, and 33rd in the nation.
The three teams to defeat Colorado State this season have a combined record of 9-2 (North Dakota State, 3-0; San Jose State, 3-1; Utah State, 3-1). Together, they are outscoring opponents by a combined tally of 386-159 (35.1-14.5).
The Rams have averaged just 3.5 penalties for 28.5 yards in each of the last two games, after being flagged for an average of 8.5 penalties for 95 yards in the season's first two games.
Colorado State's 91-yard touchdown drive in the fourth quarter against Utah State was its longest scoring drive since Oct. 16, 2010 (2-94) vs. UNLV. The Rams' earlier 15-play touchdown drive was their longest in terms of plays this season. With a season-high six offensive plays of 20 or more yards in that game, the Rams have 15 for the season.
Amidst the inconsistency that has marked the Rams performance in all three phases, several significant areas of improvement stand out:
Passing yards/game: 216.2 (was 184.6 in 2011)
Yards/reception: 11.8 (was 10.6 in 2011)
Red Zone scores: 86% (was 68% in 2011
Opponent rushing avg., game/carry: 159.0/4.0 (was 233.7/5.5 in 2011)
Look to CSURams.com after the game for a complete recap and statistics!