Rams Down Cowboys, Clinch MWC Title

Nov. 17, 2000

Box Score

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - The galloping Gallimores made it a twin killingfor Colorado State.

Justin Gallimore returned an interception 63 yards for a touchdown, and twinbrother Jason returned a fumble 52 yards for another score as Colorado Statebeat Wyoming 37-13 on Thursday night.

"I knew he scored, so I couldn't let him outdo me," Justin said. "I wasthinking about that at halftime. I just had to find a way to get one becauseI'd have to hear about that until the Liberty Bowl."

With the victory, Colorado State clinched the Mountain West Conference titleand earned its second straight trip to the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn., onDec. 29.

As the seconds ticked down late in the game, the shivering crowd beganchanting, "Sonny! Sonny!" and the Rams (9-2, 6-1) doused coach Sonny Lubickwith ice water - a chilly celebration on a 14-degree night.

"I remember when I first came here that we never had the opportunity to goto bowl games," said Lubick, who has guided the Rams to five bowls in eightseasons. "Our fans have enjoyed or seen what other teams around the countryget to enjoy, and that's why they have so much excitement."

Wyoming (1-10, 0-7), hampered all season by injuries and inexperience, lost10 games in a season for the first time since the school started playingfootball in 1893.

"This entire season has been ... I don't know what to say about it,"Cowboys quarterback Jay Stoner said. "We honestly came in expecting to becompeting for the conference championship."

The Gallimore brothers highlighted a big night for the Colorado Statedefense. The Rams also scored on Rick Crowell's interception return as part ofa game-turning second quarter.

Cecil Sapp added a 41-yard scoring catch and ran for 64 yards and anothertouchdown for Colorado State, which rebounded from a disappointing loss at AirForce last Saturday.

Wyoming, seeking to salvage something from its sorry season, got a gutsyperformance from Stoner, who played his final college game on a sprained leftankle.

Stoner was 9-for-18 and threw three interceptions before being replaced byfreshman Casey Bramlet early in the second half.

Bramlet led the Cowboys to their only touchdown, a 30-yard pass to RyanMcGuffey that pulled Wyoming to 27-13 in the third quarter.

"I think our underclassmen showed the seniors how much they do love andrespect them with the kind of effort they gave," Cowboys coach Vic Koenningsaid. "I don't think any of that can be faulted."

Colorado State put the game out of reach on a 20-yard field by C.W. Hurstand Sapp's 2-yard TD run with 12:49 remaining.

The blowout was slow in developing as the Rams came out sluggish, failing tocover the game-opening kickoff and committing two turnovers in the first half.

The Cowboys managed only two field goals, and their inability to capitalizeon Colorado State's mistakes proved costly when Wyoming began making its ownoffensive gaffes.

Jason Gallimore's 52-yard fumble return put Colorado State ahead 7-6 midwaythrough the second quarter, and Crowell stepped in front of Stoner's errantpass and went 32 yards for a TD 1:49 later.

The Rams took a 20-6 lead into the half after Matt Newton hit Sapp all alonealong the right sideline. It was Newton's 41st career touchdown pass, breakingthe school record he shared with Kelly Stouffer.

Justin Gallimore matched his brother early in the second half, going 63yards for a TD after his third interception of the season. It was the firsttime in Colorado State history that twins scored in the same game.

"It's exciting to do what we did," Jason said. "It's been a long road forJustin and me. We've had some struggles, but we've had a lot of great thingshappen, too, and this is just one of them."