CSU escapes San Jose with first road win of 2018

Colorado State football blew a 28-point lead in the third quarter Saturday night, but the Rams rebounded in the fourth quarter to escape San Jose State with a 42-30 victory over the Spartans.

After outscoring SJSU 28-0 in the first half with senior quarterback K.J. Carta-Samuels under center, the Rams were outscored 30-0 in the third quarter and took a two-point deficit into the final 15 minutes (30-28). In the first half, Carta-Samuels completed 11-of-20 pass attempts for 106 yards and four touchdowns to help build up the early lead.

Despite taking a four-score lead into the break, both Carta-Samuels and Collin Hill each were each given the chance to lead multiple series in the third quarter. In the third quarter alone, SJSU racked up 220 yards of offense, scored four touchdowns and forced a safety on defense.

The Rams recovered in the fourth quarter with a pair of touchdowns to retake the lead and never looked back though. The first touchdown in the fourth quarter came from Izzy Matthews with 11:26 remaining in the game. Matthews led CSU with 22 carries and went over the century mark for the first time this season and fifth time in his career with 125 rushing yards.

Later in the quarter, freshman cornerback Rashad Ajayi secured the road victory with a 55-yard pick-six. The interception was the first of Ajayi’s young career.

In total, CSU outgained SJSU, 391-285 and had an 8 minute advantage in total time of possession. Preston Williams led the Rams in receiving with four catches for 67 yards and two touchdowns. Warren Jackson had a pair of receiving touchdowns in the game as well.

Following the first road win of the season, CSU football (2-4) returns home for a Homecoming matchup with New Mexico (3-2).

PHOTO: Elliott Jerge | Rocky Mountain Collegian