The Colorado State Rams rolled to a 47-21 victory over the Northern Colorado Bears. Head coach Mike Bobo made the decision to start his third QB, freshman Collin Hill, in three weeks and it paid of.
The offense gained 569 yards of offense. Collin Hill was 21/27 for 315 yards and 4 touchdowns. Each TD was to a different receiver. Hill also scored a rushing TD.
After sputtering out on their first drive, Hill was able to lead the Rams to six-straight scoring drives in the first half. Collin Hill’s first collegiate touchdown pass came on the second drive and was a 2-yard fade route to Elroy Masters, Jr.
Hill’s second touchdown came by way of run, as he made a defender miss in the backfield and ran 51 yards to the house. This was the longest TD run by a CSU QB since Bradlee Van Pelt took one 79 yards in 2002.
Hill continued to spread the ball around as 9 different receivers caught passes. Michael Gallup, Olabisi Johnson, and Robert Ruiz were the other receivers to have touchdown catches.
Collin Hill almost doubled the Rams season passing yards in one game. The Rams had just 171 yards passing coming into this game and Hill finished with 315.
Another freshman who made a statement was Marvin Kinsey. He led Rams with 97 yards on 18 carries and had a touchdown.
The defense came into this came looking to continue what they did against UTSA in the second half last week. And they did so for the first half.
The second half definitely seemed like the defense got complacent. They let big plays happen when they shouldn’t have.
There were some good moments though. Braylin Scott got his second interception of the year. Josh Watson, Justin Sweet, O’Shea Jackson, and Jakob Buys combined for the Rams two sacks on the day. The defense as a whole combined for 9 Tackles for Loss.
Some injury news at the end of the game. Bisi Johnson and Michael Gallup both suffered minor injuries. Johnson his shoulder and Gallup his ankle. O’Shea Jackson had to be helped off the field with a leg injury of unknown severity at this time.
Overall this was a good game for the Rams. It was a game designed to put in some work before the grind of conference football and that’s exactly what it was.
Colorado State found a QB who can complete a pass and move the ball downfield. They know what they still need to work on. The major thing the Rams can take away from this game is that now if they can get both sides of the ball to play attacking football, they can be a very dangerous team to play against.