Oct. 23, 2004
By EDDIE PELLS
AP Sports Writer
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - Jimmy Green helped Colorado State win back thecoveted Bronze Boot, running for 124 yards and a touchdown Friday night in a30-7 victory over archrival Wyoming.
Freshman Caleb Hanie threw for 167 yards in his first start for the Rams(3-4, 2-1 Mountain West), who recaptured the boot - originally worn by anAmerican solider in Vietnam - after falling to the Cowboys last year for thefirst time since 1998.
Wyoming (4-3, 1-2) gave away a lot more than just the boot on this blusterynight in Fort Collins. The Cowboys hurt themselves with four turnovers, abobbled snap on a field-goal try and some poor clock management at the end ofthe first half that cost them points.
The Rams took advantage behind Green, a junior, who carried the ball 32times in this, his first career start. Linebacker Luke Adkins returned aninterception 35 yards for his second touchdown in as many weeks.
Wyoming quarterback Corey Bramlet led his team on an 80-yard touchdown driveto open the game, but that was it for the Cowboys.
They had other chances, though.
Three plays after recovering a fumble deep in Rams territory, Wyoming linedup for a field goal that would have tied the game at 10, but holder J.J.Raterink mishandled the snap and was forced to throw an incomplete pass.
Trailing 17-7 at the end of the first half, Bramlet led the Cowboys fromtheir 20 to the Rams 6. But he had used his last timeout earlier in the driveand when his final pass was completed in-bounds, there were only 2 seconds leftand the Cowboys couldn't line up in time to spike the ball and stop the clock.
The Rams, meanwhile, made lots of good things happen, none better than whentailback Uldis Jaunarajs fumbled into the end zone and receiver Kory Sperryrecovered for a touchdown and a 10-7 lead.
Colorado State played its first full game without quarterback JustinHolland, who broke his leg in a win over San Diego State last week. In thepreseason, coach Sonny Lubick said Holland was the one player the Rams couldn'tdo without, although it didn't appear that way Friday.
Green was the first 100-yard rusher for the Rams this season. Jeff Babcockkicked three field goals to raise his career total to 47 and surpass SteveDeLine for first place on CSU's career list.
And while Hanie was far from perfect, he managed a good game and threw acouple pretty passes, including a well-timed 41-yard sideline route to JohnnyWalker that set up CSU's first field goal.
The win kept CSU well in the conference race, only a half-game behind Utah(2-0) with a meeting against the Utes still to come. As much as that, though,this win was about the boot - and bragging rights in the series known as "TheBorder War."
The Rams also may have righted a wrong from earlier in the week, whenvandals broke into Hughes Stadium and painted a big "UW" on the middle of thefield. The grounds crew worked hard over the next two days, and there were nosigns of the hijinks for the nationally televised game.