Mountain West Spotlight: Colorado State

June 28, 2012
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Colorado State Quick Facts
Location: Fort Collins, Colo.
Founded: 1870
Enrollment: 25,500
President: Dr. Anthony A. Frank
Athletic Director: Jack Graham
Colors: Green and Gold
Nickname: Rams

CSU Rams
CSU Campus
Hughes Stadium
Moby Arena
CSU-Logo Colorado State Rams

Sports Offered:
Men's: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Football, Track & Field
Women's: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Softball, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball, Water Polo

Home Venues:
• 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

Distinguished Alumni:
• 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

Top Athletes:
• 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)

Shining Moments:
• 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.

Interesting Tidbits:
• 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
Sports Series Record Last Meeting
Football 7-5, Colorado State leads Dec. 20, 2008 - CSU 40, FS 35 in the 2008 New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque, N.M.)
Men's Basketball 10-9, Fresno State leads Dec. 4, 2012 - CSU 87, FS 74 at Fort Collins, Colo.
Women's Basketball 8-2, Colorado State leads Feb. 27, 1997 - CSU 73, FS 62 at Fort Collins, Colo.
Volleyball 8-5, Fresno State leads Nov. 25, 1997 - CSU 3, FS 1 - in 1997 WAC Tournament (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Softball 26-5, Fresno State leads March 14, 2010 - CSU 3, FS 2 - in Fresno, Calif.
Women's Tennis 1-0, Fresno State leads FS 5, CSU 0 - 1998