Rocky Mountain Showdown 2012: Rams Rough Up Colorado In 22-17 Victory

The Colorado State Rams are now 1-0 following their victory in the Rocky Mountain Showdown.

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Colorado State Vs. Colorado Final Score: Rams Beat Buffaloes, 22-17, To End 4-Game Losing Streak In Rocky Mountain Showdown

The Colorado St. Rams picked up a 22-17 victory against the Colorado Buffaloes in the 2012 Rocky Mountain Showdown, giving Jim McElwain victory No. 1 as a head coach in his debut. After an uneven first half by both teams, Colorado State came out in the second half to play smart football, scoring 13 points and six unanswered to close things out. The Colorado State defense stifled Jordan Webb and the Colorado offense by consistently beating the offensive line.

Both McElwain and CU coach Jon Embree gambled throughout this game by going for it on fourth down -- it was windy -- but the final fourth-down attempt the Buffaloes tried came up one yard short on a 4th-and-2 play. The ball went into Colorado State's possession and the clock ticked down to zero after that.

Colorado State quarterback Garrett Grayson threw for two touchdowns on 14-of-21 passing. The first went for 20 yards and came with 26 seconds left in the first half. The Rams narrowed the gap to 14-9 at halftime. Midway through the third quarter, Grayson connected with Joe Hansley for a 32-yard touchdown and the 16-14 lead.

Colorado took a 17-14 lead early in the fourth quarter on Will Oliver's 30-yard field goal, but Jared Roberts' 48-yard field goal at 6:39 in the final quarter put the Rams back in the lead. Roberts added some breathing room to the score at 2:56 with a 32-yard field goal. He also had a 47-yard field goal in the first quarter.

Jordan Webb got beat around all by the Colorado State defense, sacked a total of five times. His played through a leg injury and took hard shots to his chest late in the game. He finished the game 23-of-42 for 204 yards and two touchdown passes. His second was to Tyler McCulloch, who made a one-handed grab.

Colorado State running back Chris Nwoke left late in the game following an injury and had 47 yards on 11 carries. Donnell Alexander finished the game with eight carries for 66 yards.

Colorado State (1-0) hosts the defending FCS Playoff champion North Dakota State Bison next week while Colorado (0-1) hosts Sacramento State.

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Chris Nwoke Injury: Colorado State RB Out With Lower Extremity Injury

The Colorado St. Rams are in a battle against rival Colorado Buffaloes as they trail 17-16 early in the fourth quarter, but for most of the second half the Rams have been without starting running back Chris Nwoke. The last time Nwoke was in the game was on the Rams' touchdown drive at the beginning of the third quarter.

The physical running back rushed for 47 yards on 11 carries. There is no official word on why Nwoke is out, but what is being said is that he has suffered a lower extremity injury. In Nwoke's place is Donnell Alexander who has been productive in Nwoke's absence and has 30 yards on seven carries.

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Rocky Mountain Showdown 2012, Colorado Vs. Colorado State: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Colorado Buffaloes and the Colorado St. Rams have a Rocky Mountain Showdown on Saturday.

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Colorado RB Tony Jones Relishing Starter Role

When the Colorado Buffaloes take the field for their first offensive play against in-state rival Colorado State on Saturday, Tony Jones will be the man lined up behind QB Jordan Webb. That seemed like a logical conclusion to most who projected Colorado's depth chart this year, but don't tell that to the sophomore tailback from Paterson, N.J.

Tony Jones could have been complacent about his position as the starting running back for the Buffaloes this season. Instead, he has worked hard to become the best he can be and assure that no one lower on the depth chart can rise up and take his carries, according to Buffzone.com.

"He understands, and I always say this, I'm coaching the starter to be the starter and I'm coaching everybody else to take your job," CU offensive coordinator/running backs coach Eric Bieniemy said. "He didn't allow anybody to take his job."

The sophomore pushed himself in the weight room this off-season, as he is now listed at 190 pounds. That's a gain of at least 12 to 15 pounds over 2011. That extra muscle should come in handy with the larger workload he'll receive as the feature back.

Head coach Jon Embree should sleep well Friday night knowing the leader of his running game won't be wasting any effort on Saturday.

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Colorado's Paul Richardson To Redshirt During 2012 Season

Colorado wide receiver Paul Richardson has decided to redshirt this season, opting to get completely healthy and play a full season next year.

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