Colorado State Defeats New Mexico, 38-14

Colorado State exacted some revenge today by defeating the New Mexico Lobos, 38-14. The Rams picked up their third win, while the Lobos fell to 0-8.

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Colorado State Cruises Past New Mexico, 38-14

Fort Collins, CO (Sports Network) — Leonard Mason ran for 124 yards and three touchdowns, as the Colorado State Rams rolled past the New Mexico Lobos, 38-14, in Mountain West Conference play at Hughes Stadium in Fort Collins.

Chris Nwoke added 98 rushing yards for CSU (3-6, 2-3 MWC), which amassed 328 yards on the ground as a team. QB Pete Thomas was also effective, completing 17-of-25 pass attempts for 256 yards and a score.

Stump Godfrey threw for 82 yards and a touchdown to lead UNM (0-8, 0-4), which remains tied with the Akron Zips for the nation's longest slide at nine games. Godfrey also rushed for a team-high 72 yards, while TY Kirk hauled in five balls for 91 yards and a touchdown.

The Lobos scored just minutes into the game with one-yard touchdown plunge by James Wright.

The Rams responded by scoring the next 21 points of the opening quarter. Thomas started things off with a 43-yard touchdown pass to Lou Greenwood before Mason scurried three yards to paydirt. Tony Drake capped the scoring spurt with a 34-yard touchdown run.

UNM answered midway through the squad quarter, when Godfrey tossed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Kirk.

CSU, though, would take a 31-14 lead into the break after Mason ran 38 yards for a touchdown and Ben Deline booted a 27-yard field goal on the last play of the half.

The lone score of the second half came from Mason, who rumbled two yards to the end zone late in the third quarter.

The Rams racked up 584 yards of total offense, while limiting the Lobos to just 237 yards.

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Colorado State Leads New Mexico 31-14 At The Half

Colorado State got off to a fast start against New Mexico by scoring 21 first quarter points.  Ram quarterback Pete Thomas had a career first half by passing for 202 yards and a touchdown. The Ram running game also showed signs of life by having a great first half with 195 total rushing yards, and were lead by Leonard Mason who had 75 yards on only 12 carries and two touchdowns.

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Colorado State Head To Honor Former Coach Earl Bruce On Legends Weekend

Today's game against the New Mexico Lobos is part of Colorado State's Legends Weekend where players and coaches from the 1990 Freedom Bowl team will be introduced prior to the 4 p.m. kick-off. That 1990 team was a special team that was lead by former Ram coach Earl Bruce, who is in the College Football Hall of Fame, provided a quick turnaround for the Colorado State program.

In his second year at Colorado State he lead the Rams to a 9-3 season with a victory over Oregon in the 1990 Freedom Bowl. Bruce's turnaround of the Rams was quick and a surprise, because the two years prior to his arrival the Ram had a combined record of 2-21, and it only took Bruce in year two at Colorado State to take them to that Freedom Bowl which was their first bowl appearance since the 1948 Raisin Bowl.

His tenure at Colorado State was short lived from 1989-1992 due to allegations that he verbally and physical abusing his players, as well as discouraging players from taking classes that would interfere with football practice. This will be Bruce's first time at Hughes Stadium since the 1992 season finale win over Miami (OH).

"I want to see that team. It's a great group of young men," Bruce said this week from his home in Ohio. "I'm going to enjoy being in the stadium."

One thing that may have gotten lost in the shuffle is that Earl Bruce was a great recruiter where his junior and seniors that he recruited went on to win back-to-back Western Athletic titles under Sonny Lubbick.

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