Halftime Notes: CSU struggles to contain efficient Hawaii passing offense

Colorado State football opened up the 2018 season against Hawaii Saturday and through the first 30 minutes of play, the Rams have definitely looked like a team that lost 12 starters from last season. Hawaii marched down the field for four separate first half scoring drives and converted on fourth down twice in the process. 

After hearing throughout training camp that CSU had revamped its defense, the Rams looked a lot like squad we saw in 2018. Hawaii moved the ball in large chunks and consistently found ways to keep its drives alive through the air. Quarterback Cole McDonald was 15-of-19 through the air for 175 yards and one passing touchdown. McDonald also led the Rainbow Warriors in rushing with six attempts for 57 yards and a pair of touchdowns runs. 

Offensively, the Rams came out and found the end zone on the first drive thanks to a strong start from senior quarterback K.J. Carta-Samuels. Carta-Samuels completed 7-of-10 passes on the drive and capped off the 14-play, 85-yard drive with a 10-yard passing touchdown to wide receiver Bisi Johnson. 

The next three drives were not as successful though. Carta-Samuels tried to force a ball to Johnson on a post route and was picked off on just the second play of the second offensive series. And both the third and fourth series' ended with Ryan Stonehouse punting the ball away. 

Following Hawaii's third touchdown drive of the first half, Carta-Samuels did run the offense in a two-minute drill situation. The Rams were able to get the ball in field goal range but Wyatt Bryan missed a 45-yard field goal. 


Hawaii leads 23-7

- Total yards: CSU (193) , HAW (279)

- First downs: CSU (11), HAW (15)

PHOTO: Elliott Jerge