Colorado State shocks Washington State, 48-45
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 Donnell
Alexander’s two-point conversion that tied it with 33 seconds
Then, Washington State’s Teondray Caldwell fumbled a kickoff
return at the Cougars 24, setting up the winning field goal.
Garrett 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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