Halftime Notes: Carta-Samuels throws four touchdowns as Rams build early lead

Colorado State football (1-4) jumped out to an early 28-0 lead at San Jose State Saturday night, in what was a solid showing on both sides of the football.

The Rams held the Spartans to just 80 total yards on offense and forced the home team to punt six times. The only time SJSU reached the red zone, the Colorado State defense forced a turnover on downs.

The Spartans may not be an offensive juggernaut, but seeing CSU’s defensive unit step up was a positive sign after the bye week. The Rams are going to need the defense to keep up this kind of effort in the second half if the Rams are going to be able to come away with the first road win of the season though.

Offensively, CSU had a balanced attack in the first two quarters and probably played its most complete half of the season so far. The Rams were able to consistently run the football between the tackles and whenever SJSU would commit too many people near the line of scrimmage, Carta-Samuels would take advantage by attacking SJSU over the top.

In the half, Carta-Samuels led every series and completed 11-of-20 passes for 106 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. Two of those touchdown passes were caught by Preston Williams, who has had three catches for 35 yards in the half. Warren Jackson had a 16-yard touchdown reception and eight-yard touchdown as well.

Izzy Matthews led CSU in rushing with eight carries for 79 yards. Marcus McElroy (39) and Anthony Hawkins (32) worked their way into the mix as well.

Score: 28-0 (CSU)

Total Yards: 275 (CSU), 80 (SJSU)

First Downs: 16 (CSU), 8 (SJSU)

PHOTO: Javon Harris | Rocky Mountain Collegian