BYU Defeats Colorado State, 49-10

Colorado State Rams vs. BYU Cougars. Saturday, November 12th.

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Colorado State No Match For BYU, Rams Fall Flat Lose 49-10

big first half by the BYU Cougars was too much for the Colorado State Rams to overcome, as were turnovers and yet another game where Colorado State had a supbar game at running the ball. BYU raced out to a quick 21-0 lead as the second quarter started. The battle between the two freshman quarterbacks was easily won by BYU's Jake Heaps who was 15-20, 242 yards and four touchdowns while Pete Thomas had 292 yards and two interceptions. Heaps damage was all done in the first half with all of his touchdowns were during the first two quarters, and all of them were to wide receiver Luke Ashworth. Ashworth had only four catches in the game and they all went for touchdowns.

Colorado State had no answers in stopping the BYU passing game, nor could Colorado State hold onto the ball. In the first half Colorado State turned the ball over three times with one being returned by BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy 44 yards for a touchdown.

The Rams avoided a shutout when kicker David Foote kicked a 34 yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter, and then the Rams scored again when Pete Thomas completed a 22 yard pass to running back Raymond Carter for the only touchdown for the Rams. The lack of a consistent running game, turnovers and poor secondary play did in the Rams today.

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BYU Vs. Colorado State: BYU Scores On A Methodical Drive, Extend Lead 42-0

BYU has shown that they can score on deep passing plays, but heir latest touchdown was an extended drive that went 16 plays, 76 yards and took 7:16 off the clock. The drive concluded on a Zac Mendenhall one yard touchdown run to put BYU up 42-0.

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BYU Vs. Colorado State: BYU Scores Again To Lead 35-0 At The Half

BYU's Jake Heaps is having a career day as he just threw his fourth touchdown pass and it is only halftime. The Rams seem to have no answer to stopping the BYU passing game. They are not pressuring Heaps which is putting a strain on an already suspect Colorado State secondary as the BYU receivers are able to get open because of the lack of pass rush by Colorado State.

BYU's latest touchdown was an eight yard reception caught by none other then Luke Ashworth who has four touchdown receptions at the half. BYU currently leads 35-0 and Colorado State receives to start the third.

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BYU Vs. Colorado State: BYU Extends Lead Over Colorado State, 28-0

Colorado State needs to start putting some offense on the board, and may also want to stop BYU's passing attack. The Cougars just scored another touchdown on a 26 yard touchdown pass from Jake Heaps to Luke Ashworth to extend the BYU lead 28-0. The touchdown was set up by the Rams third turnover of the day which came from a Pete Thomas interception.

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BYU Vs. Colorado State: BYU Takes Early 21-0

So much for BYU's awful play on the road so far in this season. It looks like BYU turned the corner as they lead Colorado State 21-0 at the beginning of the second quarter. The Rams have helped aid the Cougar lead as they have fumbled the ball twice so far in the game with the second being returned for a BYU score. The battle between the two freshmen quarterbacks is being dominated by BYU's Jake Heaps who has two touchdown passes and 129 yards on five-of-six passing. While, Pete Thomas is seven-of-eleven for 61 yards. BYU has taken advantage of a suspect secondary that the Rams have, and look for them to continue to do that until the Rams find a way to stop the BYU passing game.

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Battle Of Freshmen Quarterbacks: Colorado State's Pete Thomas Vs. BYU's Jake Heaps

BYU's Jake Heaps was the highest rated quarterback in the country and came into town with all of the accolades and was to be the next great BYU quarterback in the long list of BYU signal callers, but that was not the case as BYU implemented a two-quarterback system. Heaps may have finally broken through with his 294 yard, two touchdown performance against UNLV last week.

However, Heaps is not the only top rated freshman quarterback to grace the Mountain West, and that is Colorado State's Pete Thomas who was a four-star recruit and the highest rated quarterback to ever enroll at Colorado State. Thomas has been the better of the two so far this season, and below is a comparison of the two.  

Catagory Jake Heaps, BYU Pete Thomas, Colorado State
Games 9 10
Completion % 53.3 66.1
Yards Per Game 150.1 227.3
Yards/Attempt 5.2 7.2
TD - INT 4 - 7 10-10

One item to note is that Pete Thomas has been the only starter for Colorado State where Jake Heaps split time with Riley Nelson for the first three games before Nelson went out with a shoulder injury. Saturday's game will feature two of the bright young quarterbacks in the country before they are household names. Too bad that these two schools will not be facing each other Saturday's game with BYU going independent.

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College Football Picks: Colorado State Looks To Play Bowl Spoiler Against BYU

At 3-7 the Colorado State Rams won’t be bowling this season, however the 4-5 BYU Cougars can if they win two of their final three games. So when these two teams match-up this week in Fort Collins, the pressure will be squarely on the shoulders of the Cougars.

One would think that would mean the Rams could go out, play loose and not feel the strain of a must win game. One could then translate that into a Rams victory. Don’t count Andrea Adelson of ESPN.com as that one, though, as she predicts a close game siding in BYU’s favor.

BYU 30, Colorado State 27. I am trying not to read too much into the Cougars’ offensive explosion last week because it came against UNLV. But still, it has to be encouraging to see Jake Heaps throw for more than 100 yards in a game. This one features the two top freshmen quarterbacks in the league, and the Rams are much improved with Pete Thomas leading the way. But BYU has an improving defense — and has to win to keep bowl hopes alive.

When “Experts” predict a game separated by a field goal, it generally means they are wavering on the winner. That should be reassuring news for the hometown fans.

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Colorado State Looks To Ruin BYU Hopes For Bowl Eligibility

(Sports Network) - Still with a slim chance of making themselves bowl eligible, the BYU Cougars head to Fort Collins this weekend to tangle with the Colorado State Rams in Mountain West Conference action.

Since starting the 2010 campaign with four losses in five tries, the Cougars have bounced back to win two straight and three of the last four outings, not to mention getting back over .500 in conference play at 3-2. The squad had its best offensive output of the campaign last weekend when it handed a 55-7 beating to the UNLV Rebels in Provo, which means the Cougars now need two wins in their final three games to become bowl eligible and perhaps rescue what appeared to be a lost season.

As for the Rams, they went from scoring 38 points in a win over New Mexico on September 30th to posting just 19 points in a loss to San Diego State on the road the first week of November. The setback was the second in the last three outings for the squad and has left them with a mere three wins in 10 tries this season.

Last year, BYU cruised to a 42-23 win over CSU which gave the Cougars a 38-27-3 advantage in the all-time series. The Cougars have won the last six meetings by an average of more than 12 points. The Rams' last victory over BYU in Fort Collins was a 37-10 decision on October 24, 2002.

Joshua Quezada ran the ball 13 times for 65 yards and scored three touchdowns for the Cougars as they crushed UNLV at home over the weekend by 48 points. The BYU rushing attack generated a total of 216 yards and five scores overall, taking some of the pressure off quarterback Jake Heaps who was able to settle in and convert 19-of-31 passes for 294 yards and a couple of scores. More importantly, Heaps wasn't sacked and he didn't throw a single interception. Since Riley Nelson went down with an injury the offense has belonged to Heaps and he has had some serious growing pains while trying to survive. The youngster has completed 53.5 percent of his passes for 150.1 ypg and has just four TDs, against seven INTs thus far. Thankfully the running game has taken on a much more prominent role with 151.0 ypg and a total of 15 TDs, thanks mostly to the efforts of J.J. Di Luigi (681 yards, six TDs) and Bryan Kariya (362 yards, five TDs).

The BYU defense totally consumed the Rebels at LaVell Edwards Stadium, posting five sacks and a total of 10 tackles for loss. With all that action in the backfield the Rebels managed to post a net of only 22 yards rushing, while the combination of Caleb Herring and Omar Clayton at quarterback converted just 11-of-29 passes for 122 yards and a single score, while being picked off two times in the onslaught. Obviously the effort against the Rebels was the best of the season for the BYU defense and hopefully something the Cougars can build on as they move forward. The squad doesn't have a single dominating figure, other than Andrew Rich who leads the team with his 80 tackles through nine starts. When it comes to sacks the leader is Vic So'oto with his three quarterback takedowns for a team that averages just 1.78 sacks per game to rank fifth in the MWC and 75th in the nation at the moment.

Ben DeLine got the Rams off on the right foot Saturday night as he booted a pair of field goals in the first half, but then the CSU offense went cold until the last minutes of the fourth quarter in a 24-19 loss to San Diego State on the road. Quarterback Pete Thomas did manage to toss a 28-yard Td strike to Zac Pauga in the final frame, but missed opportunities along the way cost the squad a chance at a win. Thomas has experienced the highs and lows of being a college quarterback this season while throwing for 227.3 ypg and 10 touchdowns and also suffering from 10 interceptions along the way. He hasn't had a single, reliable outlet down the field who serves as the go-to guy, which is both good and bad and it certainly hasn't helped that the running game is ranked sixth in the conference and 96th in the nation at the moment with just 121.2 ypg. Put it all together and the squad is 107th in the nation in scoring with a mere 18.8 ppg.

Against a San Diego State offense that has been rolling along of late, the Rams actually played fairly tight on defense and made things difficult for Ryan Lindley and Co. In fact, there's was a point in the third quarter when it appeared the CSU defense may have turned the corner and had the Aztecs on their heels when Mychal Sisson stripped Lindley, scooped up the fumble and rambled 88 yards into the end zone, and yet it still wasn't meant to be for CSU. As great a play as it was for Sisson, he and the rest of the Colorado State defenders have still been beaten and bruised for the majority of the season. After 10 games the team's pass efficiency defense has a rating of 164.56, a number that ranks them last in the MWC and 117th in the country. Sisson seems to be the one shining light for the group, placing second in tackles with 74, first with 12.0 tackles for loss and tops with four forced fumbles.

As long as Heaps can stay out of the way of Sisson the Cougars should have a great shot at picking up the road win and solidifying their stance as they make a play for the postseason.

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