BYU vs. CSU Game Preview

Brigham Young University hosts defending MWC champion Colorado State tonight at Lavell Edwards Stadium, marking the first of two consecutive Thursday night games the Rams will play.

Colorado State's 6-2, 220-pound scrambling quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt becomes the first Ram signal-caller to record back-to-back 300 yard passing games since 1988. He also holds the CSU record for being the first quarterback to have three, 350-yard games of total offense in a single season.

Throughout the 2003 season, the Rams also feature a receiver who's recorded a 100-yard game in every outing except one against Fresno State. He is sophomore David Anderson, a 5-10, 187-pound former teammate of BYU quarterback Ben Olson at Thousand Oaks High School.

Against Fresno State, Anderson recorded six receptions for 87 yards and a touchdown to help his team defeat the Bulldogs. Anderson's season high was eight catches in a single game for 187 yards and two touchdowns against Miami of Ohio. During their season-opening rival game against Colorado, Anderson recorded his first 100-yard game with four receptions for a total of 142 yards and a touchdown.

BYU last week faced the nation's 11th ranked quarterback (3,794) in total offense in Adam Hall. Tonight they face the 11th ranked team in total offense. Van Pelt has averaged 308.3 yards per game and holds down the 8th spot nationally for pass efficiency with a 156.6 rating.

Out of high school, Van Pelt had been on BYU's recruiting radar. He transferred from Michigan State in 2000 to Colorado State had earned honorable mention all-conference honors by coaches and media in 2001.

Van Pelt started 23 games from 2001 through 2002 and received first team All-Conference honors and MWC Offensive Player of the Year last season. As a starter Van Pelt holds an overall 16-7 record and holds CSU's quarterback rushing record for a single season with 819 yards. He has had five career 100-yard rushing games and completed 17 of 27 attempts for a career high 229 yards in one game.

During Colorado State's meeting with WAC foe Fresno State last week, Van Pelt ran for 154 yards and threw for another197 and two touchdowns – for a total of 351 yards of offense.

In overall MWC standings, Van Pelt is currently ranked 7th in rushing with 58.5-yards per game and is ranked 4th in passing per game, averaging 148.1 yards a contest. His total offensive performance places him 4th in the conference with 206.6 yards per game.

BYU vs. CSU Series:

Despite CSU being the reining Mountain West Conference champions, BYU hopes to increase their overall 32-26-3 series lead. BYU has won 18 out of the last 20 games played in Provo. CSU's most recent win in Utah came in 1994 with a 28-21 victory over the Cougars.

Last Meeting:

Colorado State beat BYU on Oct. 24, 2002, in Fort Collins in a 37-10 win. Against BYU, Colorado State head coach Sunny Lubick holds a 4-3 record. Colorado State racked up 493 total yards as running back Cecil Sapp rushed for 164 yards last year. The CSU defense held BYU to 213 yards of total offense. The home team has won the last four games.

MWC Single-Game Records:

Longest Rush

BYU running back Reynaldo Brathwaite is tied for first with a 95-yard rush from scrimmage last week against San Diego State. Brathwaite is also tied for third with an 89-yard scamper against New Mexico.

© copyright by

Total Blue Sports Top Stories