The Bulldogs are four days away from officially joining the Mountain West on July 1. GoBulldogs.com will be previewing a MW school each day leading up to July 1. Today's Mountain West spotlight is the Colorado State Rams
June 28, 2012
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Colorado State Rams
|Colorado State Quick Facts|
||Fort Collins, Colo.
||Dr. Anthony A. Frank
||Green and Gold
Men's: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Football, Track & Field
Women's: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Softball, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball, Water Polo
Football: Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium (32,500)
Men's & Women's Basketball and Volleyball: Moby Arena (8,745)
Softball: Ram Field
MW Championships (not including tournament championships for those sports that crown both a regular season and tournament championship):
Volleyball: 9 (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004*, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011)
Football: 3 (1999*, 2000, 2002)
Softball: 1 (2004)
Women's Basketball: 1 (2001-02)
* denotes co-champions
Wayne Allard, D.V.M., United States Congressman
Donald DeGryse, Vice President, Lockheed Martin
John Ensign, D.V.M., United States Senator
Peter Lemon, Recipient of Congressional Medal of Honor
James van Hoften, Former NASA Astronaut, Lt. Col. USAF
Jack Christiansen: Pro Football Hall of Famer
Becky Hammon: Olympian and current WNBA basketball player
Mark Knudson: former Major League Baseball pitcher
Martin Laird: PGA Tour
Thurman (Fum) McGraw: schools initial first-team All-American, helped Detroit Lions win three World Championships
Mike Montgomery: basketball coach (currently head coach, Cal)
Joey Porter: NFL Player
Jason Smith: NBA player (2007 first-round draft)
1997 Holiday Bowl - Colorado State defeated Missouri 35-24 on Dec. 29, 1997 to win the 1997 Holiday Bowl and claim its 11th victory of the season, a school record. The win capped off the teams ninth-straight victory to end the season. CSU finished that season ranked No. 16 in the final polls.
Aug. 26, 2010 - CSU set a new school and MW record for highest attended volleyball match when 6,333 fans went through the gates to watch the Rams defeat Duke, 3-1.
1999 Women's Basketball NCAA Tournament - The Rams reached the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history.
On Jan. 1, 1949, Colorado State - at the time known as Colorado A&M - made its first postseason bowl game by playing in the 1949 Raisin Bowl. The bowl game was played here in Fresno at old Ratcliffe Stadium. Colorado State fell to Occidental College, 21-20 that day.
Colorado State's volleyball team has made the NCAA Tournament for 17 consecutive seasons dating back to 1995. The Rams have played in 22 NCAA Tournaments all-time, have won 14 MW championships and have eight All-America selections in the history of their volleyball program.
Former Bulldog head men's basketball coach Boyd Grant (1977-86) not only played at Colorado State (1955-57), he coached there as well from 1987-91. Grant led Fresno State to three conference titles, three NCAA Tournament appearances and the 1983 NIT championship while he guided CSU to two NCAA berths and one NIT appearances in his four seasons at the Rams' coach.
Fresno State-Colorado State Classic:
The Fresno State football team opened up the 2001 season with five-straight victories before traveling to Fort Collins, Colo. to face the Rams on Oct. 13. The 'Dogs entered the nationally televised game on ESPN2 with a No. 8 national ranking - the highest ever in school history. Fresno State appeared to be on the path towards BCS consideration, but Colorado State, who came into the game with a 2-3 record, had other plans.
Colorado State (2-4) appeared to have pulled off the upset when Bradlee Van Pelt capped an 83-yard drive with a 21-yard touchdown pass to Pete Rebstock on fourth-and-9 with 27 seconds left to give CSU a 22-19 lead.
However, Bulldog legend David Carr completed three-straight passes for 49 yards in the waning seconds to get Fresno State in field-goal range to try to tie the game. Asen Asparuhov nailed a 48-yard field goal as time expired to force overtime where he then hit a 41-yarder to lift Fresno State to the 25-22 victory and improve its record to 6-0.
David Carr threw for 328 yards and two touchdowns that day and was aided by 107 yards rushing with one score from Paris Gaines and eight catches for 109 yards and one touchdown by Bernard Berrian. That game against CSU marks just one of 16 times in school history when the 'Dogs have had a 300-yard passer, 100-yard rusher and 100-yard receiver in the same game.
|Fresno State's Series History with Colorado State|
||7-5, Colorado State leads
||Dec. 20, 2008 - CSU 40, FS 35 in the 2008 New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque, N.M.)
||10-9, Fresno State leads
||Dec. 4, 2012 - CSU 87, FS 74 at Fort Collins, Colo.
||8-2, Colorado State leads
||Feb. 27, 1997 - CSU 73, FS 62 at Fort Collins, Colo.
||8-5, Fresno State leads
||Nov. 25, 1997 - CSU 3, FS 1 - in 1997 WAC Tournament (Las Vegas, Nev.)
||26-5, Fresno State leads
||March 14, 2010 - CSU 3, FS 2 - in Fresno, Calif.
||1-0, Fresno State leads
||FS 5, CSU 0 - 1998