Halftime Notes: Defense stands tall as Rams build early lead
Through the first two quarters of action, Colorado State football (2-4) leads New Mexico, 14-3. A big reason the Rams were able to build the early lead was the defense played with great energy in the opening half.
The Rams forced two turnovers, including a strip-sack from senior defensive tackle Caleb Smith on UNM’s opening offensive series. The early turnover set the Rams up with excellent field position and quarterback K.J. Carta-Samuels took advantage by connecting with Preston Williams in the end zone just two plays later.
Later in the half, New Mexico responded with a 12-play, 75 yard drive that reached the red zone. But the Colorado State defenses responded once again and forced the Lobos to turn the ball over on downs.
Along with a strong defensive showing, the Rams were fairly efficient on offense. CSU converted on half of its third down attempts and had zero turnovers in the first two quarters.
The Rams did have one big missed opportunity on offense though. In the second quarter, Williams torched a UNM cornerback and had a ball placed perfectly into his hands from Carta-Samuels. Unfortunately for Rams fans, Williams dropped the ball and CSU later punted the football away on the drive.
CSU will look to build on the momentum of the first half and come out with a strong showing in the final two quarters. The Rams were outscored, 30-0 in the third quarter at San Jose State.
Score: 14-3 (CSU)
Total Yards: CSU (183), UNM (174)
First Downs: CSU (10), UNM (9)
Turnovers: CSU (0), UNM (2)