Colorado State Vs. San Jose State: Rams Unable To Complete Comeback Against Spartans, Lose 38-31

The Colorado St. Rams were upset by the San Jose St. Spartans, 38-31.

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Colorado State Vs. San Jose State: Spartans Too Much For The Rams, Lose 38-31

The Colorado St. Rams were stunned on Saturday when they fell to the San Jose St. Spartans, 38-31. The Rams had a good offensive performance by quarterback Pete Thomas, who had a career day throwing for 387 yards and two touchdowns but he also had two interceptions. The running game was atrocious, as the team they had 71 total yards and were led by Thomas who had 20 on the ground. The Spartan rush defense was one of the worst in the country so the expectation of the Rams running game was to be a positive one, but the poor rushing has been a theme all year.

The Spartan offense was more balanced with quarterback Matt Faulkner throwing for 313 yards and two scores. Their running game was led by Brandon Rutley who averaged 5.7 yards per carry en route to 137 on the day. The Rams actually out gained the Spartans on the day by eight yards, but it was the early 10-0 lead the Spartans had and a fumble by the Rams that was returned for a touchdown -- with multiple laterals -- that were the difference-makers in the game.

The Rams basically had to play catchup from that early deficit and the defense could never put together consecutive stops to give the offense a chance to win this game. This was a game that the Rams were counting as a win toward getting back to a bowl game, and now the Rams need to win three of their last seven games. The meat of their schedule is still down the stretch, as they play Boise State next week and still have games against San Diego State, TCU and Air Force.

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Colorado State Vs. San Jose State: Rams Trail Spartans, 24-14, At The Half

Colorado State's offense is struggling quite a bit this afternoon and are making San Jose State look like a ranked team; they have outplayed Colorado State whereas the Rams have shown no intensity during this first half.

A big issue for the Rams has been the running game, which has 32 rushing yards as a team. The San Jose State defensive line is dominating the Rams offensive line and stopping rushing plays before they can even develop. Plus, the rushing game allowed San Jose State to score an odd touchdown. Chris Nwoke fumbled the ball at the Rams 20 yard line, which the Spartan defense scooped up. After two laterals Duke Ihenacho found the end zone. 

The only positive on the offense has come from the passing game and quarterback Pete Thomas, who is 15-for-20 for 197 yards, two scores and one pick. Thomas is being patient and efficient and has thrown to nine different receivers, but for the Rams to make a come back they need someone in the running game to balance out the passing performance.

San Jose scored first in this game and moved down the field in a brisk 2:44 on seven plays covering 77 yards. They scored on a 12 yard run by Brandon Rutley. In the first half Rutley has been running all over the Ram defense with 104 yards so far and he scored the other offensive Ram touchdown.

Colorado State got on the board by a 41-yard touchdown pass to Lou Greenwood and then a late score in the second quarter by another connection between Thomas and Greenwood, a 25-yard touchdown pass to close out the half, 24-14.

Colorado State will need to find a way to slow down the Spartan rushing attack and find one for themselves if they want to get back in this game.

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Colorado State Vs. San Jose State: Rams Are Looking To Continue Their Best Start Since 2008

Colorado State is hosting San Jose State and the Rams are looking to reach four wins for the first time since 2008.

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