Rocky Mountain Showdown 2011: Colorado Sends Colorado State To 28-14 Loss; Jon Embree Wins 1st Game As Head Coach

Jon Embree picked up his first win as Buffs head coach with a victory over in-state rival Colorado State, 28-14.

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Rocky Mountain Showdown 2011: Colorado Buffaloes Give Jon Embree 1st Win As Head Coach With 28-14 Victory

The Colorado Buffaloes chewed up 10 minutes on the clock in the fourth quarter to come up with another touchdown, ending any chance the Colorado St. Rams had to make a comeback. Tyler Hansen, Rodney Stewart and Tony Jones all came up big, especially pass plays to Stewart for 14 and 26 yards. But the key play on the drive was a 15-yard face mask penalty on Colorado State's Nuku Latu. Instead of facing 3rd-and-20, the Buffs received a fresh set of downs and moved into Rams territory.

Tyler Hansen, who went 17-of-32 for 215 yards, two passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns, put the ball into the end zone for his second rushing touchdown of the game. That effectively ended the Rams' game. Jon Major and Tony Poremba sacked Pete Thomas on the play, the latter on fourth down.

Rodney Stewart had the big day with 19 carries for 98 yards on the groudn. Paul Richardson had a quiet week after his 284-yard receiving yard performance last week. He had just four receptions for 27 yards.

The Buffs won 28-14, picking up head coach Jon Embree's first win with the Buffs. They travel to Columbus, Oh., next week to face the Ohio St. Buckeyes. The Rams will lick their wounds from their first loss and take to the road for a game against the Utah State Aggies.


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Rocky Mountain Showdown 2011: Colorado Leads Colorado State At Halftime, 14-7

After Colorado State quarterback Pete Thomas found the end zone on a four-yard run to cap the first drive of the game, the Rams and the Colorado Buffaloes were unable to do much of anything in the rest of the quarter. Neither team could get the ball out of their own territory and kept punting. The second quarter, however, saw the Buffs open things up for a touchdown lead at halftime, 14-7.

After exchanging punts on the first two possessions of the second quarter, the Buffs were the team that found a rhythm on their second drive. Tyler Hansen connected on two passes to Toney Clemons and Rodney Stewart for a combined 23 yards. A couple of plays later, Rodney Stewart busted out on two runs for 12 yards and 17 yards.

At the Rams' 11-yard line, Stewart picked up three yards on the ground and then found six in the air. On 3rd-and-1, Hansen punched the ball in for the rushing touchdown and a tie game at seven. That wasn't the end of the scoring. After forcing the Rams to punt once again, Hansen managed the clock with two minutes to go and had a key 20-yard pass to Rodney Stewart and a 19-yard run to get midway into Colorado State territory. But the Buffs went to 3rd-and-10 following that. Hansen then made a nice 24-yard pass to Kyle Cefalo for the touchdown and lead.


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