Halftime Notes: Mistakes on offense, special teams hurt CSU in first half

Colorado State football started Saturday’s game against Florida with a defensive three-and-out, and did not allow a single passing yard in the first quarter. Miscues on offense and special teams costed the Rams an opportunity to steal the momentum with an early lead though.

On CSU’s opening possession, the Rams ran just three offensive plays before sending sophomore punter Ryan Stonehouse onto the field to punt the ball downfield. Stonehouse fumbled the snap and was tackled at the CSU 4-yard line.

The Colorado State defense was able to respond with a massive goal line stand to hold the Gators to three points.

On CSU’s next three series, senior kicker missed two field goal attempts and senior quarterback K.J. Carta-Samuels turned the ball over on a fumbled snap. Early in the second quarter, a highly questionable offensive pass interference call on Darius Wise negated a 23-yard reception from Bisi Johnson on third down.

On the following Florida possession, the Gators responded with an 18-yard touchdown to go up 20-0. A few minutes later, the Gators blocked Stonehouse’s second punt of the day and sent the ball through the back of the end zone to build the lead to 27-0. In total, CSU has been outscored 47-12 in the second quarter.

Score: 27-0 (Florida)

Total Yards: Fla (136), CSU (94)

Time of Possession: Fla (09:43), CSU (20:17)

First Downs: Fla (7), CSU (9)

Turnovers: Fla (0), CSU (2)

PHOTO: Elliott Jerge | Rocky Mountain Collegian