Rams Batter Nevada; Lose Sapp for the Season

Looking a bit sluggish as they fought to shrug off the hangover of last week's loss to Colorado, The CSU Rams broke away late to knock off the Nevada Wolfpack 35-18 Saturday at Hughes Stadium. It was the Rams eighth straight home win, a Hughes Stadium record.

The Rams led Nevada just 14-7 at halftime, but scored on two of their first three-second half possessions to break the game open. Starting Quarterback D. J. Busch was 7-for-14 for 158 yards, including a 38-yard TD toss to Pete Rebstock early in the fourth quarter. Back-up Bradlee Van Pelt also threw a touchdown pass, a 35 yarder to Chris Pittman that finished the Rams scoring.

Most of the damage was done in the running game, and it came from an unlikely source. Senior Duan Ruff, listed fourth on the depth chart at the start of the season, came off the bench to rush for 106 yards and a touchdown on just 14 carries. Henri Childs – third on the depth chart at the start of the season - started at tailback for the Rams, but after piling up 60 yards on the ground, he left the game with a strained muscle in his leg.

Nevada was playing without star quarterback David Neill, who was suspended for this game after an argument with his coaches during last week's shellacking at BYU.

It will be a short week for the Rams as they prepare for their Friday night encounter with MWC rival UNLV in Las Vegas. The game will be televised on ESPN.

Injuries still hurting…The Rams got some bad news shortly before kick-off when it was learned that projected starting tailback Cecil Sapp will miss the entire season.

Sapp believed he was nursing a bruised heel, but doctors discovered a benign tumor on the bone of the sore heel. The junior, who led the Mountain West in rushing a year ago, will have surgery this week, and is expected to make a full recovery.

Once the game started, the Rams lost starting middle linebacker David Vickers during the first series, when he suffered a strained knee ligament. He's questionable for the UNLV game.

The Rams also lost wide receiver Joey Cuppari during the contest, when he hurt his ribs running into a retaining wall trying to catch a fade pass in the end zone in the second quarter. He's out four to six weeks.


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