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December 21, 2013

Rams win in remarkable fashion

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) Jared Roberts made a 41-yard field goal with 3 seconds left and Colorado State overcame a 22-point deficit to beat Washington State 48-45 on Saturday in the New Mexico Bowl.

It was a dramatic comeback to open the bowl season and came as both quarterbacks threw for close to 800 years combined.

With less than 2 minutes left, Colorado State's Shaquil Barrett forced Cougars running back Jeremiah Laufasa to fumble at the Cougars 33. That set up Kapri Bibbs' 1-yard run scoring and Garrett Grayson's two-point conversion that tied it with 33 seconds left.

Then, Washington State's Teondray Caldwell fumbled a kickoff return at the Cougars 24, setting up the winning field goal.

Grayson threw for 369 yards and Bibbs ran for 169 yards and three touchdowns for Colorado State (8-6). The Rams overcame three early turnovers, but were helped by Washington State's two fumbles with less than 3 minutes remaining.

Connor Halliday threw touchdown passes to six receivers and finished with 410 yards for Washington State (6-7).

Washington State scored 35 points in the first half, but had only 10 in the second. With the game winding down, a lack of a running game forced the Cougars to stay with their spread offense and prevented them for running down the clock when ahead by 15 points in the fourth quarter.

Washington State rushed for minus-10 yards total.

The match-up brought together two second-year coaches - Rams coach Jim McElwain and Cougars coach Mike Leach - working to turn around their teams' fortunes with high-octane offenses. Both said they had hope for a bowl victory to help with recruiting.

Colorado State had not played in a postseason game since 2008. Washington State had not been in a bowl game since 2003.

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Wash. St.: River Cracraft 25 yd pass from Connor Halliday (Andrew Furney kick)
Wash. St.: Gabe Marks 1 yd pass from Connor Halliday (Andrew Furney kick)
Colorado State: Charles Lovett 63 yd pass from Garrett Grayson (Jared Roberts kick)
Wash. St.: Theron West 28 yd pass from Connor Halliday (Andrew Furney kick)
Colorado State: Jared Roberts 25 yd FG
Colorado State: Jared Roberts 19 yd FG
Wash. St.: Vince Mayle 28 yd pass from Connor Halliday (Andrew Furney kick)
Wash. St.: Rickey Galvin 3 yd pass from Connor Halliday (Andrew Furney kick)
Colorado State: Kapri Bibbs 1 yd run (Jared Roberts kick)
Colorado State: Jared Roberts 30 yd FG
Wash. St.: Andrew Furney 33 yd FG
Colorado State: Kapri Bibbs 75 yd run (Jared Roberts kick)
Wash. St.: Isiah Myers 22 yd pass from Connor Halliday (Andrew Furney kick)
Colorado State: Jordon Vaden 12 yd pass from Garrett Grayson (Jared Roberts kick)
Colorado State: Kapri Bibbs 1 yd run (DONNELL ALEXANDER 2pt run)
Colorado State: Jared Roberts 41 yd FG
Colorado StateWash. St.
TOTAL FIRST DOWNS2921
TOTAL NET YARDS595400
Total Plays9777
Average Gain6.15.2
NET YARDS RUSHING226-10
Rushes4619
Average per rush4.9-0.5
NET YARDS PASSING369410
Completions-attempted31-5137-58
Sacked25
Yards Lost-22-52
TOTAL TURNOVERS33
Interceptions11
Fumbles Lost22
OTHER
Penalties710
Penalty Yards4870
Time of Possesion34:2125:39
Punts56
Punt Average32.840.5
Return Yards5290
Colorado StateCMPATTYDSTDINTYDS/ATT
Garrett Grayson3150369217.4
Team010000.0
Wash. St.CMPATTYDSTDINTYDS/ATT
Connor Halliday3758410617.1
Colorado StateATTYDSTDAVG
Kapri Bibbs2716936.3
Donnell Alexander73104.4
Garrett Grayson81001.3
Max Morgan1808.0
Kivon Cartwright1404.0
Jake Schlager1404.0
Joe Hansley1000.0
Wash. St.ATTYDSTDAVG
Theron West31705.7
Teondray Caldwell31404.7
Marcus Mason4501.3
Jeremiah Laufasa1202.0
Kristoff Williams1101.0
Connor Halliday7-490-7.0
Colorado StateATTYDSTDAVG
Charles Lovett593118.6
Joe Hansley456014.0
Crockett Gillmore444011.0
Rashard Higgins442010.5
Donnell Alexander31705.7
Kivon Cartwright251025.5
Kapri Bibbs1606.0
Jordon Vaden86017.5
Wash. St.ATTYDSTDAVG
Rickey Galvin32418.0
Marcus Mason31806.0
Vince Mayle238119.0
Dom Williams1303.0
River Cracraft9125113.9
Kristoff Williams772010.3
Gabe Marks53717.4
Theron West350116.7
Isiah Myers345115.0
Teondray Caldwell1-20-2.0


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