The Colorado State Rams escaped with a victory of the San Jose Spartans, 38-31, Saturday night, but the Rams have a few key players banged up in the win.
Rams quarterback Garrett Grayson has been bothered by a groin injury and very early in the game and he was visibly bothered by the injury. He was hobbling on one foot on the most basic hand off plays yet he was able to stay in the game the entire time, and he stayed loose on the sideline by riding the stationary bike when the offense was not on the field. For being bothered by that groin injury, Grayson had a solid day by completing 22 of 28 passes for 290 yards and a score.
The other injury came to star wide receiver Rashard Higgins who made a diving catch and fell hard on his left shoulder in the fourth quarter. Higgins went to the locker room late in the fourth quarter for further evaluation, and at this time there is no update on the extent of Higgins injury. Before Higgins left he had eight receptions for 143 yards and a touchdown.
Losing Grayson or Higgins would be a big blow to this Rams offense. Grayson is the best quarterback in the Mountain West as he leads the league with 21 touchdowns to just five interceptions (heading into this game against San Jose State), total yards, yards per game and yards per attempt.
While Higgins is not only the best wide receiver in the Mountain West but one of the best in the country. Heading into Saturday's game against the Spartans, Higgins led the nation in total yards, yards per game and touchdowns. His numbers are even ahead of Alabama's Amari Cooper and is only trailing the Crimson Tide wide out in receptions.
By not knowing the extent of Higgins' injury or how Grayson feels after the flight home after Saturday night's game it is too early to speculate how the team could look going forward without those two. Luckily for Colorado State its schedule is not too difficult the rest of the way as they host Hawaii on Nov. 8, have an off week, host New Mexico on Nov. 22 and then a stiff test at Air Force ends the season.