Jim McElwain wonders why. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

Colorado State Vs. San Jose State: Rams Falter Against Spartans, 40-20

The Colorado State Rams had nothing going for them against the San Jose State Spartans and lost 40-20. They are 1-2 on the season.

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Colorado State Vs. San Jose State 2012: Final Score And Game Recap

San Jose State defeated Colorado State, 40-20, when the Rams struggled to find their offense in the second half.

The Rams would trail just 17-13 at the half after scoring two quick touchdowns to open the second quarter. After San Jose State scored 10 points to start the second half, Colorado State would pull to within 27-20 after a Garrett Grayson 38-yard touchdown pass to Charles Lovett.

San Jose State would pull away, however, with two deep passes for touchdowns in a two-minute span late in the fourth quarter.

Grayson was 24-of-42 for 297 yards and two touchdowns, while Davis Burl added 29 more yards through the air on 4-of-6 passing. The Rams would manage just 80 yards rushing in the game.

Colorado State allowed 429 yards passing for the game, with David Fales going 27-of-34 for 370 yards and three touchdowns. The defense would allow 568 yards overall in the game.

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Colorado State Vs. San Jose State 2012: Schedule, Game Time, Odds And More

Jim McElwain leads his Colorado State Rams into Spartan Stadium against the San Jose State Spartans on Saturday. Can he pick up his first road victory?

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Colorado State Vs. San Jose State: Rams O-Line Needs To Improve

The Colorado State offensive line has not lived up to expectations this season coming off a 22-7 loss to North Dakota State in which they were held to just 72 yards on the ground.

In this in-depth article from Kelly Lyell of the Coloradoan, multiple players share the sentiment that the team didn't prepare properly last week with an FCS opponent coming into town following a big win over the rival Colorado Buffaloes. Here's what head coach Jim McElwain had to say on NDSU's front seven domination of the Rams' line following the loss:

"They definitely won the line of scrimmage ... I don't think you can play this game unless you have a toughness to get down and get after it up front."

And it's not getting easier anytime soon as CSU will undoubtedly have their hands full with San Jose State defensive end Travis Johnson this weekend. The senior pass rusher had four sacks and two tackles for loss in the Spartan's 45-13 victory over UC-Davis this past Saturday. In continuing with a list of scary stats, Johnson's 23 career sacks are the most in the nation for an active player and his 35 career tackles for loss are fifth most in SJSU history.

The Rams do have three returning starters on the line from last season but they'll have to get in sync sooner rather than later if they're to be victorious against a San Jose State team that held Stanford to a mere 72 rushing yards two weeks ago.

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Chris Nwoke Injury: Colorado State RB Returns To Practice

Colorado State running back Chris Nwoke returned to practice Tuesday with a brace on his left ankle as he recovers from his sprain, according to Christopher Dempsey of the Denver Post.

The powerful junior ball-carrier was reportedly riding an exercise bike in the media portion of practice and also wore tennis shoes and pads in individual drills on the side of practice.

This is encouraging news for Nwoke's playing chances since head coach Jim McElwain has stated in the past that if a player doesn't begin practicing by Wednesday that he will be ruled out of that weekend's game.

Nwoke suffered the ankle injury during the third quarter of the Rams' 22-17 victory over Colorado in the season opener and sat out of last week's 22-7 loss to North Dakota State with the ailment. Redshirt freshman Donnell Alexander led the ground attack with 59 yards on 12 carries in his absence during their second game.

Nwoke ran for 1,130 yards on 200 attempts to go along with his nine touchdowns in 2011. Colorado State's next contest takes place on the road at San Jose State this Saturday at 8:00 p.m. EST.

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