Rams make last-second field goal, defeat Lobos on Homecoming

In front of a sold out crowd for Homecoming, Colorado State football (3-4, 2-1) defeated New Mexico, 20-18 with a game-winning field goal attempt from senior kicker Wyatt Bryan. The narrow victory over the Lobos, extends CSU’s winning streak over UNM (3-3, 1-1) to nine games and gives the Rams an all-time record of 50-44-1 in Homecoming games.

“What a game,” head coach Mike Bobo told reporters. “First of all, I thought it was a great environment…It was beautiful to see the stands filled. It was great to hear them making noise and getting into the game. That’s always an awesome feeling for a player and for a coach. I felt like our guys were excited to play today.”

Despite coming down to the last second, the Rams were really in control for the vast majority of this ballgame. CSU led in time of possession by over 13 minutes and did not allow a third down conversion in the second half. The Lobos did outscore the Rams, 15-6 in the final two quarters though, which made things tight.

After missing an 18-yard field goal attempt to retake the lead with just minutes remaining in the quarter, Bryan was given a second opportunity to win the game, and the veteran kicker was able to walk off the Lobos with a 26-yard field goal as time expired. The walk-off victory was CSU’s first since the 2014 season when Jared Roberts defeated Utah State with a game-winning 46-yard field goal.

“We talked about it all week—just trying to win the ballgame—and we did,” Bobo said. “It wasn’t pretty, but that’s who we are right now. We’re growing and we’re learning.”

CSU got off to a quick start after forcing a turnover on UNM’s second offensive play of the game. Redshirt senior defensive tackle Caleb Smith was able to record a massive strip-sack to set the Rams up with excellent field position and the offense quickly capitalized with a two-play, 12-yard drive to go up 7-0.

Smith would later record another sack in the victory, but his first play was one of the biggest in the game. In total, the Rams were able to get to UNM quarterback Sheriron Jones three times in what was a solid showing from the defense.

Offensively, the Rams were led by senior quarterback K.J. Carta-Samuels, who played every series this week for the first time since the Week 0 matchup against Hawai’i. Carta-Samuels completed 24-of-42 pass attempts for 311 yards, threw a first quarter touchdown to Williams and added another score on the ground as well.

Williams led the Rams in receiving, finishing with nine catches for 93 yards. Olabisi Johnson added five receptions for 91 yards as well.

Following the home victory over the Lobos, CSU will travel to Boise State next weekend for a Friday night matchup with the Broncos (7:00 p.m. MT).

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