Football Game Notes: Colorado State vs. Boise State, Nov. 17

Nov. 12, 2012



The Rams (3-7, 2-4) make their first trip to Boise, Idaho on Saturday to face the Boise State Broncos (8-2, 5-1), in their second and final season as members of the Mountain West. The game is scheduled to kickoff at 1:30 p.m. and will be televised by NBC Sports Network. Boise State is ranked #22 this week in the coaches’ poll and is receiving votes in the AP poll. Colorado State has won two of its last three games and has matched its win total from each of the past three seasons. With one more win in the final two games the Rams would secure their best record since 2008 when they finished 7-6. After the trip to Boise the Rams will close the 2012 season at home against New Mexico on Nov. 24.

Colorado State is coming off a 33-11 win over UNLV, its second in a row at home, a feat it had not accomplished since 2010. Boise

State on Saturday won 49-14 at Hawaii. The Rams and Broncos met for the first time last year with then-No. 6-ranked Boise State winning 63-13 at Hughes Stadium in Fort Collins en route to a 12-1 final record. 

TELEVISION: The game will be televised by NBC Sports Network, with Paul Burmeister (play-by-play) and Rod Woodson (analyst) calling the action and Anthony Herron reporting from the sidelines. Because of network contract restrictions there will not be a video stream available for this game.

RADIO: The Colorado State Radio Network, originating from AM 560 KLZ in Denver carries the broadcast, with Brian Roth (play by-play), former Rams great David Anderson (analyst), Kevin McGlue (analyst) and Marty Cesario (sidelines) on the call. The broadcast also airs on KCOL 600 AM (Ft. Collins) KSIR 1010 AM (Ft. Morgan) and KNZZ 1100 (Grand Junction). 

NOTES IN 140 < #CSURamsNotes | #MWFB (A Twitter-friendly look at this week’s top notes from Colorado State Football)


>> With their 33-11 win vs. UNLV the Rams have won back-to-back games at home for the first time since 2010 (10/16 UNLV, 10/30 New Mexico)
>> The Rams lead the nation with a school-record 18 players scoring TDs this year. LB Shaquil Barrett & CB Shaw Bell added vs. UNLV (11/10)
>> Among the 18 players to score touchdowns this season, 11 have scored the first of their career this year, 2nd-most in the nation (Navy, 14)
>> CSU has had 19 players make their first career start in 2012, fifth-most in NCAA FBS (Hawai’i 29, AFA 24, Temple 22, TCU 21)
>> Colorado State has scored four return touchdowns on defense in its last two home games (2 INTs vs. Hawaii; INT & Fum vs. UNLV)
>> The 7 teams to beat the Rams this year have a combined record of 49-23 (.681) & outscore opponents on average 33.5 to 21.9 (2,411-1,578) 


>> The Rams’ offense is tied for 25th in the nation, & No. 3 #MWFB, in red zone scoring (87.0%; 20-23). CSU is 14-16 since conference play began
>> CSU is tied for 4th w/Boise St. in passing offense in conference-only games, at 221.8, & 4th #MWFB in all games (219.6)
>> The Rams’ 24.2 yards-per-catch average at Wyoming (11/3) is third-highest by any #MWFB team this year, & 387 pass yds. are 4th-most
>> Colorado State’s 8.8 yards per play average at Wyoming (11/3) is fourth-best by a #MWFB team this season
>> CSU has had a rushing TD from a freshman in 4 straight games (T. Morris 1 each at SDSU & vs. UH; Donnell Alexander 1 at Wyo., 2 vs. UNLV)
>> CSU has started 3 different QBs this season (Garrett Grayson, M.J. McPeek & Conner Smith) because of injuries to Grayson & McPeek
>> Only two other schools, Maryland (5) & Southern Miss (4), have started more QBs this year. Five others have started 3 QBs like CSU
>> The 1981 Rams started 3 QBs--Tom Thenell (5), Terry Nugent (4) and Mark Miller (3)--in struggling to an 0-12 record
>> RB Donnell Alexander posted CSU’s 3rd 100-yd. rushing game in a row & his 2nd in a row w/career-high 139 & 2 TDs vs. UNLV (11/10).
>> QB Conner Smith’s 326 passing yds. at Wyo. (11/3) were most by a Ram since Pete Thomas threw for 387 vs. San Jose State Oct. 1, 2011
>> It also was highest passing total by a CSU freshman since 2010 (Thomas) & his 14.2 yards/att. avg. was T4th-best by #MWFB player in ‘12
>> WR Charles Lovett is the only Ram with a reception in every game this season. He leads the team with 30-396 & ranks 2nd in TDs (2)
>> WR Thomas Coffman’s 75-yd. TD reception at Wyoming is tied for the 3rd-longest reception in a #MWFB game this season
>> Coffman’s 146 receiving yards at Wyoming (11/3) were the most by a Ram since Lou Greenwood had 149 vs. San Jose State on Oct. 1, 2011. 


>> The defense ranks 3rd in pass efficiency defense (129.1) and 4th in sacks (20), pass yds. allowed (199.9; 26th NCAA) and total defense (402.2)
>> DE Lanston Tanyi ranks 2nd on the team w/70 tackles (7.0/gm.), 2nd-most by MW defensive lineman (9th MW), & T-4th in fumble rec. (2)
>> Tanyi’s 70 tackles rank 3rd among all NCAA FBS defensive linemen, & are already 2nd-most by a CSU DL since 1991 w/2 games to play
>> Tanyi had career-high 13 tackles vs. Hawaii (10/27) & has 4 of the top 6 single-game tackle totals by a CSU defensive lineman since 2007.
>> LB Cory James is T-2nd #MWFB with a CSU freshman-record 7.5 sacks, T-25th NCAA. He’s also T-4th in TFL (10.5)
>> LB Aaron Davis leads the team in tackles (72) & ranks 8th among all #MWFB LBs. He posted a career-high 13 at Wyoming (11/3)
>> Davis’ 10 solo tackles vs. Fresno St. (10/6) were the most by a CSU player since Shaq Bell had 10 at Nevada in 2010 (9/11)
>> CB DeAndre Elliott owns the 4th-longest interception return by a #MWFB player this season (76-yd. TD, vs. Hawaii, 10/27)
>> Elliott’s two interceptions in #MWFB games (both vs. Hawaii, 10/27) are T-3rd in conference-only games & T-6th overall by MW players
>> S Trent Matthews ranks 8th among #MWFB DBs w/59 tackles...11 pass breakups are 6th in MW (T-39th NCAA) & T-1st MW-only games (9) 


>> P Pete Kontodiakos leads #MWFB & ranks 3rd in NCAA in punting average at 46.8. It is 47.7 in 6 Mountain West games
>> Kontodiakos’ 46.8 avg is on pace to break the school record (46.1, Mike Deutsch, ’76). He owns the top 3 punts in #MWFB this yr (73, 72, 72)
>> Earned 2nd career #MWFB Spec. Tms. Player of Week in win over Hawaii (10/27) w/conference-record 61.8 avg. on 4 punts, & 2 inside the 20
>> Kontodiakos has 3 @CFPerformance honorable mentions for national punter of the week: at SJSU (9/15), at AFA (9/29) & vs. Hawaii (10/27)
>> His 73-yard punt at Air Force (9/29) is the longest by a MW punter this season, and tied for sixth-longest nationally.
>> The Rams rank 4th #MWFB (39th NCAA) in punt-return avg. (10.1) & rank 5th MW (32nd NCAA) in kick-return avg. (23.6)
>> K Jared Roberts, #MWFB Spec. Tms. Player of the Week, leads MW in FG pct. (88.9%) & ties for longest FG in MW this year (49)
>> Roberts’ 49-yard field goal vs. UNLV was the longest by a Rams player since Oct. 18, 2008 when Jason Smith nailed a 52-yarder at Utah
>> WR Thomas Coffman ranks 4th in MW in kick-return average (24.6; 38th NCAA), on 17 returns...ranks 2nd in #MWFB-only games (25.0)
>> Coffman’s 73-yd. KOR at SDSU (10/13) was longest by a Ram since Derek Good (74) vs. UNLV, 10/16/10, & 3rd-longest in an MW game this yr.
>> WR Joe Hansley returned a punt 76 yds. vs. Hawaii (10/27), 11th-longest in CSU history and longest since ’99 (Dallas Davis, 77, at UNLV)
>> Hansley, whose 76-yard return vs. Hawaii is second-longest #MWFB this season, has 2nd-best PR avg. in conference-only games (16.2) 



All-time, overall: 0-1
All-time, in Fort Collins: 0-1
All-time, in Boise: N/A
First meeting: Oct. 15, 2011, in Fort Collins; CSU lost, 63-13
Last meeting: Oct. 15, 2011, in Fort Collins; CSU lost, 63-13
Last meeting in Boise: None 

Series streaks: Boise State won the only previous matchup, last year in Fort Collins.


CSU – Jim McElwain: 3-7, first season as head coach
Boise State – Chris Petersen: 81-8, seventh season as head coach
Head to Head: first meeting
Against Opponent: McElwain; first meeting vs. Boise State; Petersen 1-0 vs. CSU 

Chris Petersen in 2006 was named the ninth head coach in the 40-plus- year history of Boise State’s football participation at the four-year level.

Under “Coach Pete” the Broncos have put together five-consecutive 10-win seasons, in addition to capturing four Western Athletic Conference Championships and winning three bowl games. The Broncos have gone undefeated twice under Petersen– 13-0 in 2006 and 14-0 in 2009 – capping each season with a victory in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. 

Following the 2010 season, Petersen was unanimously selected as the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year, awarded annually to a coach who represents the highest ideals both on and off the field. He was also recognized in the offseason as having the best Academic Progress Rate (APR) average the past two reporting years for FBS head coaches.

Petersen is also the only individual to win two Paul “Bear” Bryant National Coach of the Year Awards, earning his first after his debut season in 2006 and his second in 2009. Boise State went undefeated during both seasons. 


• CSU defensive line coach Greg Lupfer began his coaching career in 1994 as a graduate assistant and outside linebackers coach at Boise State.
• Boise State’s associate head coach Chris Strausser coached at in-state rival Colorado for one season in 2006. That year the Rams defeated the Buffs 14-10.
Strausser and Lupfer coached together at Portland State for the 2000 season.
• Rams co-defensive coordinator Al Simmons spent time as the defensive backs coach at University of California. There he coached alongside Boise State’s linebackers coach Bob Gregory, who was the defensive coordinator at the time.
• Boise State’s offensive coordinator Robert Prince has two Colorado ties. He spent the 2010 season as a wide receivers coach for Colorado and also coached at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., from 1994-95.
• Boise State’s defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski and secondary coach Jimmy Lake both coached at Eastern Washington, the university that groomed Colorado State head coach Jim McElwain.
• Boise State quarterback coach Jonathan Smith was a four-year starter at Oregon State during the time Rams co-defensive coordinator Al Simmons was coaching the defensive backs (2001).
• The Broncos roster features four players from the state of Colorado: WR Tyler Jackson (Douglas County), DL Beau Martin (Mullen), DB Hazen Moss (Rifle), and LB Andrew Pint (Valor Christian).
• The Broncos’ Martin and Rams kicker Jared Roberts played together at JK Mullen High School.
• Saturday’s game will feature teammates from Saddleback Junior College, Rams Dominique Vinson and Broncos Michael Frisina.
• Rams George Maumau and Broncos Andrew Pint are both graduates of Valor Christian. 


• In the lone meeting between these two teams Chris Nwoke rushed for 74 yards on 15 carries.
Charles Lovett and Crockett Gillmore both threw touchdown passes on trick plays. Lovett’s was a 20-yard pass to former WR Matt Yemm and Gillmore connected with current RB Joe Brown from 27 yards out.
Thomas Coffman only had one reception, a 46-yard diving catch. That play came in at No. 3 on SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays of the Week.
Shaquil Barrett and Max Morgan each registered nine tackles. 


Jim McElwain became the 20th head football coach in Colorado State program history on Dec. 13, 2011.

McElwain, 50, came to Fort Collins from Alabama, where he had served as Nick Saban’s offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach from 2008-11. McElwain played a key role in navigating the team to two national championship victories in the last three seasons. Alabama defeated No. 1 LSU in January 2012, several weeks after becoming CSU’s new head coach, after having topped Texas to claim the 2009 championship.

By leading his Rams team to victory over Colorado in his head coaching debut on Sept. 1,

McElwain became the first CSU mentor since 1970 to win in his first game since Jerry Wampfler. McElwain also became the only Colorado State coach to win in his first matchup against rival Colorado.


McElwain hasn’t lost a season-opener at the college level since 2004, when he was assistant head coach at Michigan State.
McElwain has been to a bowl games in nine of the past 11 years, including two national championships with Alabama (2009, 2011).
McElwain’s offenses at Alabama led the nation by committing only 57 turnovers in his four years. Ohio State was second with 59.
• Sent two players to the Heisman Trophy ceremony in New York: 2009 winner Mark Ingram and 2011 finalist Trent Richardson.
• Played key role in Crimson Tide’s 47-6 record from 2008-11.
• Ranked among the top units in the Southeastern Conference.
• In 2011 `Bama led the SEC with 219.8 rushing yards per game, and finished second with 433.4 total yards per contest, and third in scoring (36 points per game). In 2010, the team was third in both total yards and scoring.
• The offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Fresno State in 2007, McElwain improved the Bulldogs’ output from 338.2 total yards per game the year before his arrival to 419.5 (No. 38 in the nation), and from 23.0 points per contest to 32.9 (No. 32). Fresno State went 9-4 in his only season, including a 40-28 win over Georgia Tech in the Humanitarian Bowl.
• In 2006, he coached the quarterbacks of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders, under Pro Football Hall of Famer Art Shell
• Coaching wide receivers at Michigan State in 2003, McElwain helped lead the team to the Alamo Bowl, establishing school records with 312 receptions and 3,510 receiving yards.
• In 2004 he coached an All-American, punter Brandon Fields, and the Big Ten’s scoring leader, kicker Dave Rayner. And prior to his departure for the NFL, Michigan State set a school mark with 24 touchdown receptions in 2005, when five of his wideouts had at least 28 catches.
• Coached against Colorado State in the 2000 Liberty Bowl in his first season with Louisville.
• In his three seasons with the Cardinals, four of his players earned first-team all-conference honors. Three of his pupils ranked among Louisville’s all-time leading receivers, including future Super Bowl MVP Deion Branch.
McElwain started his coaching career at his alma mater, Eastern Washington in 1985 as a graduate assistant.
• During his time on the staff, the Eagles earned a berth in both the 1992 and 1995 Division I-AA playoffs, and a share of the 1992 Big Sky crown.
• A 1984 graduate of Eastern Washington. Played quarterback from 1980-83.
McElwain earned his degree in education.
• Jim and his wife Karen have three children, JoHanna, Elizabeth & Jerret.

Colorado State 33 vs. UNLV 11
11/10/12 -- Fort Collins, Colo.

• With tonight’s 33-11 win, following 42-27 win over Hawaii in most recent home game, Colorado State has back-to-back home wins for the first time since 2010 (Oct. 16 vs. UNLV and Oct. 30 vs. New Mexico).
• Tonight’s 22-point margin of victory is the Rams’ largest since beating New Mexico 38-14 on 10/30/10.
• Tonight’s game was the first for the Rams in which they held an opponent scoreless through three quarters since Sept. 3, 2003 vs. Weber State. Conversely, Colorado State scored in every quarter tonight for the second game in a row, and third time this season (vs. Colorado, 9/1/12).
• The Rams have now had a school-record 18 different players score touchdowns this season, with LB Shaquil Barrett and CB Shaq Bell joining that group tonight. Colorado State entered the game as one of just four teams in the nation to have 16 or more players score touchdowns. TCU also had 16, while Navy and Marshall had 17 players each entering today’s action.
• Colorado State allowed a season-low 219 yards in the win. The previous low this season had been 245 in the season opener vs. Colorado (9/1/12). It is the lowest allowed by Colorado State since holding Northern Colorado to 216 on Sept. 10, 2011.
• Colorado State rushed for a season-high 231 yards tonight, topping its previous season high of 176 vs. Hawaii in its last home outing (10/27). It is the most rushing yards by a Rams team since the 2011 season finale (263 vs. Wyoming, 12/3/11).
• RS-Fr. Donnell Alexander rushed for more than 100 yards for the second game in a row, finishing with a career and Rams season-high 139 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries. He scored on a 10-yard run in the second quarter to give the Rams a 21-0 lead, capitalizing on a Conner Roggy fumble recovery in Rebels territory, and in the fourth quarter capped a 10-play, 55-yard drive with a 14-yard score.
• Tonight’s game was Alexander’s second in a row with a rushing touchdown, and makes four consecutive games the Rams have had a rushing touchdown from a freshman. True freshman Tommey Morris had rushing touchdowns at San Diego State (10/13) and vs. Hawaii (10/27).
• Alexander now has 417 rushing yards this season to rank sixth on Colorado State’s freshman rushing list. The freshman record is 1,113 by Steve Bartalo in 1983.
• Alexander’s 21 carries and 139 yards are the most by a Colorado State player this season. Both totals are the most by a Ram since the 2011 season finale when Raymond Carter rushed 29 times for 158 vs. Wyoming (12/3/11).
• With 139 rushing yards and 8 receiving yards tonight, Alexander contributed a career-high 147 total offensive yards.
• The Rams built a 27-0 lead in the third quarter, their largest since leading Northern Colorado 31-0 en route to a 33-14 home win on Sept. 10, 2011.
• In last two games at home, the Rams have four defensive returns for touchdowns. They scored twice on interception returns in the fourth quarter vs. Hawaii (10/27), then on an interception return in the first quarter tonight and on a fumble return in the second quarter.
• With two defensive touchdowns tonight the Rams have four defensive scores this season, most since 2007 and tied for the most in a season since 1997 (5).
• LB Shaquil Barrett intercepted a Nick Sherry first-quarter pass near midfield and returned it 49 yards for a touchdown to give Colorado State a 7-0 lead. It was Barrett’s third career touchdown and second interception, both of which he has returned for touchdowns (52 yards last year at UNLV, 10/29/11). He also returned a fumble 15 yards for a touchdown in 2011 (vs. Utah State, 9/24/11).
• LB Max Morgan led the team with a career-high 12 tackles (8 solo) and added his first career interception in the opening quarter. It was his second takeaway of 2012. Against Hawaii (10/27) he scooped a ball out of the air for a fumble recovery after the Warriors player was ruled to have caught the ball and took one step before having it dislodged on a hard hit.
• Jr. CB Shaq Bell scooped up a fumble on the first play of the second quarter and returned it 30 yards for his first career touchdown It was his third takeaway of the season, and came after he had downed the previous punt at the 2-yard line to begin that UNLV possession.
• Fr. WR Joe Hansley took a handoff on the first play of the game and ran for 30 yards, his longest career rush.
• P Pete Kontodiakos placed a season-high three of his five punts inside the 20-yard line, keeping the Rams strong in the field position battle. His second punt was downed at Rebels’ 2-yard line, setting up a UNLV drive that ended in a Rams defensive touchdown. The last time he had three inside the 20 in the same game was Oct. 1, 2011 vs. San Jose State.
• K Jared Roberts was 2-2 on field goals and 3-4 on PATs tonight. He connected on his longest career field, a 49-yarder to extend CSU’s lead to 24-0 just before halftime, and followed with a 32-yarder in the third quarter. Roberts’ 49-yard field goal is the longest by a Colorado State player since Jason Smith connected on a 52-yarder at Utah on Oct. 18, 2008.
• Roberts, a former walk-on who earned a scholarship just nine days before the season-opener this year, is 8-9 on field goals for the season and has made 24 of 26 PAT attempts.
• Sr. DT Zach Tiedgen recorded his first career forced fumble in the second quarter, leading to soph. S Conner Roggy’s first career fumble recovery.
• WR Charles Lovett caught three passes for 6 yards, continuing to be the only Colorado State player to catch at least one pass in every game this season.
• RS-Fr. Steven Michel notched his first career sack in the fourth quarter, halting a UNLV drive and forcing the Rebels to settle for a field goal.
• CB Bernard Blake started at right cornerback for the second game in a row, and third this season, and made a career-high seven tackles (4 solo). He also added one pass breakup.
• Starting right tackle Jared Biard left the game in the first quarter due to injury. Ty Sambrailo, who started the game at right guard slid over to replace Biard, and Mason Myers came in to play right guard for the remainder of the game.
• The Rams now have nine takeaways in their last two home games (4 tonight, 5 vs. Hawaii, 10/27).
• The temperature at kickoff was recorded as 28 degrees with winds out of the east-northeast at 14 miles per hour. After a wet snow fell for much of the afternoon before the game, the first half was mostly dry. Snow began falling steadily at halftime and continued off and one throughout the second half. It is believed to be the first Colorado State home game in which snow was falling during the game since at Nov. 16, 2000 game vs. Wyoming.
• CSU’s game captains tonight: T Brandon Haynes, LB Shaq Barrett, RB Donnell Alexander and CB Jasen Oden.
• Tonight’s official attendance: 13, 887. 


KONTODIAKOS REACHING RARE STATUS: Senior punter Pete Kontodiakos has punted 207 times in his career, eighth-most among active punters in the NCAA. Remarkably, 61 of his 207 punts (29.5%) have gone for 50 or more yards. His career punting average of 43.7 ranks 14th in the nation among active players and fourth-best among the group with 200 or more career punts. That figure ranks No. 1 among Mountain West punters and No. 2 all-time at CSU.

TWO-TIGHT END ALIGNMENT: The Rams have started nine of the 10 games this season in a two-tight end set, with (Kivon Cartwright all 10; C. Gillmore 8, A. Gillmore 1). The last time a CSU team had begun a game with two tight ends prior to this year’s opener was the 2011 home-opener against Northern Colo. (Sept. 10; Crockett Gillmore and Blake Jones). C. Gillmore and Cartwright each surpassed 100 receiving yards for the season in just three games and 200 yards in seven games. The last time a Rams team had two tight ends with 200+ yards was 2004 (Joel Dreessen, 427; Kory Sperry, 225).

Two TE sets since 2005: 2012: 9/10...2011: 1/12...2010: 0/12...2009: 0/12...2008: 3/13...2007: 1/12...2006: 12/12...2005: 4/12.

TANYI’S TACKLES: Defensive end Lanston Tanyi, in his first year with the Rams after transferring from Appalachian State, ranks second among Mountain West defensive linemen and ranks No. 3 in the nation at his position with 70 tackles. That total ranks second on the team and already is second-most by a CSU defensive lineman in a season since 1991. He has recorded 8 or more tackles six times this year (13, 12, 10 twice and 8 twice). His 13 stops vs. Hawai’i on Oct. 27 were second-most by a Rams defensive lineman since 2005, and most since Jake Pottorff had 16 at Houston in 2007 (Sept. 22).

BEAST OF THE DEFENSE: Junior linebacker Shaquil Barrett has a career average of 7.1 tackles per game in 22 games and has scored three touchdowns in his two years at CSU. His 49-yard interception return for a score ignited the Rams’ 33-11 win over UNLV on Nov. 10. He had a career-high 15 tackles vs. North Dakota State Sept. 8, the most by a Ram since Ricky Brewer notched 15 twice in November 2008 (11/22/08 at Wyoming and 11/8/08 at Air Force). His performance included a sack for a loss of 6 yards. Barrett’s previous high of 14 came vs. San Diego State on 11/12/11 and at Utah State on 9/24/11. 

FRESHMAN IMPACT: Redshirt-freshman running back Donnell Alexander made the fourth start of his career vs. UNLV (11/10/12) and registered his second 100-yard game in a row with a career-high 139 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries (6.6). He had 114 on 20 carries the week before at Wyoming (11/3), the first 100-yard game by a CSU freshman since 1995 (Jaime Blake, 170, vs. Hawaii). Alexander, who leads all Rams in rushing yards (417), yards per carry (5.7) and rushing touchdowns (3), ranks sixth on Colorado State’s all-time freshman rushing list with two games to play. He added a career-best two touchdowns vs. UNLV (11/10/12).

TEAM CAPTAINS: The Rams in 2012 under Jim McElwain will have weekly game captains, instead of season captains.

• Game 1 at Colorado: Junior RB Chris Nwoke, junior OL Weston Richburg, senior LB Shaquil Barrett and senior LB James Skelton.

• Game 2 vs. North Dakota State: Senior WR Marquise Law, senior TE Austin Gillmore, senior CB Marcus Shaw and senior P Pete Kontodiakos.

• Game 3 at San Jose State: Sophomore TE Kivon Cartwright, senior LB Broderick Sargent, senior CB Momo Thomas and senior RB Mark Woodbury.

• Game 4 vs. Utah State: Sophomore WR Charles Lovett, senior DE Lanston Tanyi, senior LB Davis Burl and sophomore QB Garrett Grayson.

• Game 5 at Air Force: Junior H-Back Jake Levin, junior CB Shaq Bell, sophomore LB Max Morgan & junior LS Tanner Hedstrom.

• Game 6 vs. Fresno State: Senior QB M.J. McPeek, senior T Joe Caprioglio, sophomore CB Bernard Blake & sophomore DT Alex Tucci.

• Game 7 at San Diego State: Senior WR Dominique Vinson, Junior G Jordan Gragert, sophomore LB Aaron Davis & junior DT Curtis Wilson.

• Game 8 vs. Hawaii: Senior WR Lou Greenwood, freshman S Trent Matthews, sophomore S Conner Roggy & sophomore K Jared Roberts.

• Game 9 at Wyoming: Senior LB James Skelton, senior DT Zach Tiedgen, senior T Joe Caprioglio & sophomore TE Kivon Cartwright.

• Game 10 vs. UNLV: Junior T Brandon Haynes, junior LB Shaquil Barrett, freshman RB Donnell Alexander & freshman CB Jasen Oden.


Game 1--at Colorado (9/1)

Mountain West Player of the Week--LB Cory James (defense), K Jared Roberts (special teams)

College Football Performance Awards, National LB of the Week--Cory James

Game 2--vs. North Dakota State (9/8)

College Football Performance Awards, Honorable Mention, National TE Performer of the Week--Crockett Gillmore

Game 3--at San Jose State (9/15)

College Football Performance Awards, Honorable Mention, National Punter Performer of the Week--Pete Kontodiakos

Game 5--at Air Force (9/29)

College Football Performance Awards, Honorable Mention, National Punter Performer of the Week--Pete Kontodiakos

Game 8--vs. Hawai’i (10/27)

Mountain West Player of the Week--P Pete Kontodiakos (special teams)

College Football Performance Awards, National DB of the Week--DeAndre Elliott

College Football Performance Awards, Honorable Mention, National Punter Performer of the Week--Pete Kontodiakos

National Football Foundation Colorado Chapter Player of the Week--Lanston Tanyi

MAACO Bowl Las Vegas Mountain West Player of the Week (online vote)--CB DeAndre Elliott

Game 10--vs. UNLV (11/10)

Mountain West Player of the Week--K Jared Roberts (special teams)

BACK TO OUR ROOTS: Colorado State debuted a new look this season with a return to a simpler uniform. The Rams also have added a pumpkin orange “A” on the back of their helmets as a nod to the team’s heritage as the Colorado A&M Aggies, symbolizing the school’s history as a Land Grant institution. Head coach Jim McElwain has said often since his hire that he intends to “reach back into our past to help our future.” Specifically, he has invited former players and coaches back to campus to be close to the program, and impart some of their wisdom on his current team. In addition to former All-American and Thorpe Award winner Greg Myers and his former head coach Sonny Lubick, speaking to the team, McElwain was proud to announce in August the hire of former CSU standout defensive lineman Greg Pollard in the Rams’ student-athlete academic services department.

SIDELINE SWITCH: Head coach Jim McElwain introduced another new tradition with his choice to have the Rams inhabit the west sideline at Hughes Stadium for home games. The Rams had previously been stationed on the east sideline for their entire history at Hughes Stadium. In fact, it is believed that the last Colorado State team to use the west sideline for its home games was coached by Hughes Stadium namesake Harry Hughes, whose career spanned 1911-41.

GRAHAM USHERS IN NEW LEADERSHIP AT COLORADO STATE: The 2012 season is the Rams’ first under the leadership of director of athletics

John C. “Jack” Graham, hired Dec. 1, 2011. From that moment Graham has boldly placed Colorado State’s program on an ambitious path towards national prominence with his visionary leadership. A successful business leader and former Rams quarterback, Graham has energized the department under the motto, “Dream big, work hard and settle for nothing less than excellence.” Graham, a Rams quarterback from 1973-74, went to work quickly on his plans. His first major initiative was to conduct a thorough evaluation of all athletic programs and to engage with donors and supporters about their goals for CSU athletics. Graham has been bold in his pursuit of a plan to build an on-campus stadium at CSU, the feasibility of which is being considered at this time by Colorado State University President Tony Frank.