Recap: Colorado State vs. Wyoming
Fort Collins, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Garrett Grayson passed for 390 yards and five touchdowns to help his Colorado State Rams take down the Wyoming Cowboys, 45-31, in a Mountain West Conference battle at Hughes Stadium.
Grayson completed 18-of-21 passing for Colorado State (7-1, 3-1 MWC), which has won six games in a row - the longest winning streak for the program since the 2002 season. Rashard Higgins caught a team-best five passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns in the win.
Colby Kirkegaard connected on 24-of-38 passing for 335 yards and two touchdowns for Wyoming (3-5, 1-3). Brian Hill carried the ball 28 times for 121 yards and two touchdowns in the loss, which was the fourth in a row for the Cowboys.
Jared Roberts put the Rams on the board with a short 20-yard field goal just over five minutes into the contest. Just over three minutes later, with 6:42 to play in the first quarter, Grayson connected with Dee Hart on a 21-yard scoring strike to give the hosts a 10-0 advantage.
Stuart Williams put the first score for the Cowboys up with a 31-yard field goal with 51 seconds to play in the opening frame.
Grayson and the Rams owned the second quarter, which helped to bury Wyoming. He found Joe Hansley for a 65-yard scoring strike just nine seconds into the second quarter, and then completed a 43-yard touchdown pass to Higgins with 9:10 to play in the period for the 24-3 lead. That lead would stand into the midway break.
Not even five minutes into the second half, Grayson tossed his fourth touchdown when he found Xavier Williams for 21 yards for the score. His Rams took the lopsided 31-3 edge with 10:44 to play in the third frame.
Hill finally found the end zone for the Cowboys when the running back took a handoff one yard to the house with 4:24 left in the third quarter. Wyoming sliced the Rams' lead to 31-10.
Grayson connected with Higgins on a touchdown pass - the second time in the game - to improve CSU's lead to 38-10 with 4:05 left in the third quarter. This time Grayson and Higgins hooked up for a 73-yard scoring completion.
Hill carried in his second rushing score of the night, again on a one-yard handoff. His second touchdown, which came with 13:17 left to play, cut the Rams' lead to 38-17.
Treyous Jarrells extended the Rams' advantage to 45-17 when he took a handoff six yards for the score with 11:49 to play in the game.
The Cowboys scored the final two touchdowns of the contest to draw within 45-31, but the lead for Colorado State was never in danger. With 6:50 to play, Kirkegaard found Jalen Claiborne for a 32-yard touchdown strike, and then Kirkegaard hooked up with Tanner Gentry for a 38-yard score with 15 seconds left in the contest to close out the scoring.
Colorado State managed over 100 more yards of total offense in the contest, 558-454, despite Wyoming's more than 12-minute advantage in overall time of possession. The Rams were a near-perfect 5-of-8 on third-down conversion attempts in the win.Game Notes