Wrecked by Ralphie: CU wins fourth consecutive game against CSU
DENVER- Colorado State football could not slow down Steven Montez and the Colorado Buffaloes Friday night, as the CU offense torched CSU for over 600 yards in a 45-13 victory at Broncos Stadium at Mile High.
With Montez under center, the Buffaloes really did whatever they wanted in the matchup and it started with the first drive of the first quarter. After CSU decided to defer and put its defense on the field first, Montez came out of the gate and led the Buffs on a five play, 75-yard touchdown scoring drive that took only 1:24. From that point on, CU's control of the game was never in doubt.
"Give Colorado credit—tonight they came out and exploited us in a lot of ways," head coach Mike Bobo said. "Number one, we probably have to beat speed on the perimeter. They did a great job of getting the ball outside on the edges and made play after play. We didn't put them in any compromising situations; I don't know if they had a third down the whole first half… everything was easy to them."
CU's offense methodically moved the football up and down the field in the victory, using a healthy mix of the ground game and passing attack to keep CSU off balance. When the final whistle blew Friday night, CU (596) out-gained CSU (284) in total yardage, recorded more total first downs and averaged six more yard per play in the victory.
Montez finished 22-of-25 with 338 passing yards and four touchdowns through the air. The veteran CU quarterback rushed the ball three times for 34 yards and one touchdown as well.
On the outside, Montez's leading receiver was Lavis Shenault, who had a team-leading eleven receptions for 211 yards and one touchdown. KD Nixon also had a nice night for the Buffs with six catches for 112 yards and one touchdown.
Flipping things over to CSU, senior quarterback K.J. Carta-Samuels was 18-of-33 for 176 yards with one touchdown and one interception in his second career start. Carta-Samuels was briefly pulled in the third quarter for two drives when Collin Hill made his 2018 debut in the third quarter, but the Washington graduate transfer handled the vast majority of the snaps in the loss.
Olabisi Johnson (82 yards) and Preston Williams (49 yards) led the way with six catches apiece for CSU. It was a relatively quiet night for the CSU skill players though.
After losing to CU for a fourth consecutive season, head coach Mike Bobo has still never won a Rocky Mountain Showdown. In games against Air Force (1-2), Boise State (0-3), CU (0-4), Wyoming (1-2) and postseason matchups (0-3), the former Georgia offensive coordinator is 2-14 in his Colorado State career.
"At the end of the day, we got whipped and that's the bottom line," Bobo said. "This is a bottom-line business. I know it. The coaches know it. It's not the standard that we want, but we will go to work and we will be a good football team this year."
PHOTO: Tony Villalobos-May