Halftime Notes: Steven Montez, CU offense get off to hot start Friday

Total Yards: CU (332), CSU (179)

Third Down: CU (1-of-2), CSU (5-of-11)

First Downs: CU (16), CSU (12) 

Score: CU leads 28-10

Colorado State football struggled mightily on the defensive side of the football in last weekend's loss to Hawaii, and through the first two quarters of the Rocky Mountain Showdown, not much has changed for the Rams.

Colorado went straight down the field on its first three possessions to score 21 points in the first quarter and build up the early multi-score lead over CSU, and the Buffs never looked back from there. Even more concerning than the deficit itself, is the way CU dominated physically though.

CU's offensive line gave quarterback Steven Montez all day in the pocket and he was able to sit back and pick apart the Colorado State secondary. Through two quarters, Colorado has out-gained CSU by over 100 total yards, averaged twice as many yard per play and generally just looked like the more prepared football team.

In seven total first half drives, CU totalled 28 points on 330 total yards of offense. CU racked up 16 first downs and only saw the down marker hit third down twice in 30 minutes of play. 

 

On the offensive end, CSU was able to move the football a little bit more in the first half than it was able to last week, but it really did little to impact the tone of the game. Senior quarterback K.J. Carta-Samuels was 13-of-19 for 138 passing yards with one touchdown and one interception in the half. Six of those receptions were brought in by senior wide receiver Olabisi Johnson, who finished the half with a team-leading eight receptions for 82 yards and one touchdown.

PHOTO: Tony Villalobos-May