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Colorado State vs. UNLV: Rams secure win with dominant defensive effort

The Colorado State Rams finally get their third win of the season, knocking off the UNLV Rebels on Saturday.

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CSU's Jared Roberts named MWC Player of the Week

Rams sophomore kicker Jared Roberts earned conference special teams player of the week honors on Monday for his play in Week 11.

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Colorado St. dismantles UNLV, gains third win

The Colorado State Rams finally earned their third win of the season after defeating the UNLV Rebels, 33-11, on Saturday in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Both teams have struggled this season and were looking for just their third wins but the Rams were the ones who came ready to play.

The Rams led 27-0 after three quarters before the Rebels were finally able to put up 11 points in the fourth. The Rams displayed a strong running game with Donnell Alexander leading the way with 139 yards rushing on 21 carries and two touchdowns. The team combined for 231 yards on the ground for the game.

Aside from Tim Cornett rushing for 102 yards on 20 carries, the Rams defense did the job against the Rebels offense, holding quarterback Nick Sherry to just 88 yards on 12-for-30 passing and one touchdown with two interceptions. One of his interceptions was returned for a touchdown in the first quarter by Shaquil Barrett. It was one of two defensive touchdowns for the Rams as Shaq Bell returned a fumble for a touchdown in the second quarter.

The Rams improved to 3-7 overall, 2-4 in the Mountain West while the Rebels dropped to 2-9, 2-4 in conference.

Box Score Hero: Alexander gave the Rams someone to count on, as he amassed 139 yards rushing on 21 carries and two touchdowns.

Rankings Ramifications: Neither team will be ranked come next week.

But Did They Cover?: The Rams were a 3-point favorite heading into the game and covered.

For More On This Game: Check out the SB Nation College Football hub and SB Nation Denver.

Next Week's Schedule: Colorado State will travel to face the Boise State Broncos on Nov. 17 while UNLV will take a shot at the Wyoming Cowboys

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Rams have blanked Rebels through three

The Colorado St. Rams are dominating the UNLV Rebels as the two teams enter the fourth quarter of their Mountain West Conference game with the Rams leading 27-0.

The Rams led 24-0 at the half and continue to keep the Rebels scoreless, mainly due to their passing defense. UNLV quarterback Nick Sherry has thrown for only 58 yards on 8-for-23 passing and two interceptions. They have been able to run the ball, particularly Tim Cornett, who has 99 yards on 19 carries but that's about it.

Meanwhile, the Rams have put on a balanced offensive display with quarterback Conner Smith putting up 109 yards on 16-for-26 passing and an interception to go along with Donnell Alexander's 104 yards on 16 carries and one touchdown.

The Rams' defense scored their first two touchdowns on an interception return by Shaquil Barrett and a Shaq Bell fumble recovery for a touchdown. The Rams have forced four turnovers, including two fumbles and two interceptions.

Both the Rams and the Rebels are trying to win just their third games of the season.

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