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Colorado State vs. UNLV: Three Keys for a Rams victory

We look at some things the Rams need to do to leave Vegas with a W

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The Colorado State Rams came up just short in a frenzied comeback attempt against the Boise State Broncos. Now they must take that game and apply those lessons to the UNLV Running Rebels.

PLAY A WHOLE GAME!!!!!

Colorado State played Boise well for 3 quarters. That one quarter they didn’t, lost them the game. If CSU had been able to play a full game they may have won. This has been an issue all year. But they are gaining on it. Before it was one half at a time (UTEP, Northern Colorado, Utah State). Now they are playing all out longer. They just need that push over the edge.

Limit the mistakes

For the just the third time since 1999, the Rams didn’t turn the ball over in back to back games. The Rams only have 9 turnovers on the year and four of those came in the horror show of a game in the Rocky Mountain Showdown. In comparison, the Rams had 27 turnovers all of last year. The Rams are doing a good job of hanging on to the ball and must continue to do that.

Feed Gallup the Ball

Every CSU fan before the season began was wondering how the Rams were going to replace Rashard Higgins. It took a couple of weeks, but it looks like the Rams have found an answer in Michael Gallup. He’s been a sneaky workhorse all year and had a breakout game against Utah State. He caught 7 balls for 140 yards and 1 touchdown. He had CSU’s second touchdown during the comeback against Boise State. Coach Bobo said Gallup was limited by injury at the beginning of the year and that slowed his development with the playbook. Now, he is looking like a star receiver.

The Rams have the talent necessary to compete with most teams in the country, they just need to put together a full game. The Rams will need to do that against the Rebels this Saturday as they haven’t won in Vegas since 2007.

The Rams should control this game. Rams 31 - Rebels 20.