Colorado State Vs. New Mexico: Rams Force Late Fumble To Secure The Win, 14-10

Colorado State opens up their 2011 season in conference play against New Mexico on the road. The games kicks off Saturday at 4 p.m. MT and will be broadcast on The Mtn.

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Colorado State Forces A New Mexico Fumble To Secure A 14-10

Colorado State defensive lineman Nordly Capi forced and recovered a fumble which was set by Shaquil Barrett sacking New Mexico quarterback Tarean Austin in the closing seconds Saturday to preserve Colorado State's 14-10 victory over New Mexico. 

This low scoring game that had three missed field goals, two by Colorado State and one by New Mexico. The missed kick by New Mexico was one of the worst shanks in a long time as the kick went about six feet in the air and bounced in the endzone. New Mexico got on the board first with a 33-yard James Aho field goal in the second quarter.

Colorado State then responded right away by marching down the field on a five play 69 yard drive that lated a quick 2:37 to score the go-ahead 33-yard touchdown pass by Pete Thomas to tight end Crockett Gillmore. New Mexico then responded in even quicker fashion by driving down the field in seven plays that encompassed 80  yards in 1:08 to take the lead into halftime.

The second half saw Colorado State's defense really step up. On their first defensive possession they forced a New Mexico fumble when the Lobos were in Ram territory. The fumble was forced and recovered by Davis Burl, but with the turnover recovery the Rams could not convert as they went three and out.

However, the Rams defense kept holding New Mexico's offense as they had three straight three and outs. The Rams offense did not do much better until their fourth quarter drive that proved to be the game winner. The Rams went 11 plays for 40 yards that ate up 5:39 of clock and had Chris Nwoke score the game winning touchdown on a two-yard touchdown run.

On the day Thomas who had a solid game on Saturday by gong 22-for-26 passing with 178 yards, a touchdown and no picks. Outside of the deep touchdown pass Thomas was completing passes to multiple receivers on mostly intermediate routes. Thomas was given more freedom in the offense and completed passes to nine different Rams.

Overall the Rams had their up and downs, but they do look improved from last year especially with the defensive pressure they were putting on against a much improved New Mexico team.

The Rams next week host Northern Colorado at 12 p.m. MT.

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Colorado State Takes First Lead Of Game On Chris Nwoke Touchdown Run, Lead 14-10

After a scoreless third quarter by both teams, the Rams recorded the first touchdown of the second half on a drive that lasted 11 plays, 40 yards and took 5:39 off the clock; the drive also featured a fourth down conversion which kept this scoring drive alive. Running back Chris Nwoke scored the touchdown on a two-yard run up the middle to give the Rams a 14-10 lead.

The extended drive allowed for the Ram defense that was looking getting winded by chasing down Tarean Austin who has been elusive and making plays tonight.

and the touchdown was a 10-point swing since the Lobos turned the ball over by missing a 48-yard field goal by James Aho

The Lobos are now driving down the field and are in Colorado State territory and are threatening to score the go ahead touchdown.

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New Mexico Leads Colorado State 10-7 At The Half

Both teams played to a scoreless first quarter which included a badly shanked field goal by New Mexico's James Aho. Both quarterbacks are having good days as Colorado State's Pete Thomas has been moving the ball down the field by completing 13-for-16 passes for 128 yards and that includes a 33-yard touchdown pass to tight end Crockett Gillmore late in the half. 

His counter part Tarean Austin has been the surprise of the game. The New Mexico quarterback is playing like Michigan's Denard Robinson and in the first half has passed for 130 yards and rushed for another 42 yards. To end the first half Austin drove down on the Rams defense using a hurry up offense to give the Lobos a 10-7 lead by completing a 27-yard touchdown pass to Lamaar Thomas. The Lobo drive took only 80 seconds to regain the lead. Austin's scrambling ability is a double-edged sword, because while this can extend the play he has also taken many hits today and could be injured if he is not careful.

The second half is just underway with Colorado State receiving the ball.

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Colorado State Vs. New Mexico: Odds, Predictions

The Colorado St. Rams take on the New Mexico Lobos in an early season conference match and for Colorado State is a key game if they want to get back to a bowl game for the first time since their 2008 New Mexico Bowl win over Fresno State. The line on this game favors Colorado State by 4.5 points and the odds makers must not like New Mexico at all because a home dog to an opponent that won three games last year is uncommon.

Even though this is not the biggest game on the college football schedule there are people who like to go out and pick every single game and here are their predictions.

Mitch Light, Athlon Sports:

Mike Locksley, 2-21 in two seasons, is on the hottest of seats at New Mexico. The Lobos were outgained by 207.8 yards in their eight MWC games last season. They might be better in 2011 - but not good enough.

Colorado State 28, New Mexico 14

Mike Huguenin, Rivals:

This is one of three conference games this weekend. New Mexico has won just twice in the past two seasons - and one of those wins was over Colorado State, in 2009. Unbelievable but true: New Mexico hasn't scored a TD in a season-opener since '06.

Colorado State 20, New Mexico 10

College Football News:

This isn't exactly going to be a classic, but both teams are just mediocre enough to come up with a good, tight battle. The New Mexico defensive front won't touch Thomas, and it'll show as the Rams come up with big numbers and set a pace the Lobos won't be able to follow. New Mexico won't look as woeful as it did last year, but it won't come up with the even game needed.

Colorado State 31, New Mexico 17

My own prediction on this game falls in line with everyone else's and for a score I will go with Colorado State 31 New Mexico 13

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Colorado State Vs. New Mexico: Expect The Rams To Open Up The Passing Game

Colorado State opens up their 2011 season in conference play against New Mexico on the road. The games kicks off at 4 p.m. MT and will be broadcast on The Mtn.

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