Rams Coast Past Weber State 31-7

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) -- Colorado State needed an easy win after two tough games to start the season.

The Rams got it, but it took a little while before it got easy. Rahsaan Sanders ran for 123 yards and a touchdown, and Chris Pittman caught two touchdown passes as Colorado State overcame a slow start to beat Division I-AA Weber State 31-7 on Saturday. "They played us real hard in the first quarter and sometimes you get in a game and, no matter what we tell the players, it's not as easy as they think," said coach Sonny Lubick, who improved to 10-1 in home openers at Colorado State. Colorado State (2-1) opened the season with a last-minute loss to Colorado, then had to score late in a two-point win over California last week. The Rams were supposed to have an easy time against Weber State (2-1) out of the Big Sky Conference, but it sure didn't start out that way. Colorado State entered the game ranked eighth nationally with 516 yards per game but couldn't get anything going against the much smaller Wildcats. The Rams had just 70 yards in the first quarter and failed to score for the first time in nine quarters this season. "I don't know if it was an emotional letdown," Colorado State quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt said. "A lot of things were different, the environment was different. It took us a little while to get going, but when we got going we went." They sure did. Colorado State moved 68 yards on its first drive of the second quarter, scoring the game's first points when Sanders took a handoff left and cut upfield for a 29-yard touchdown. Weber State failed to get a first down on its next drive. Dexter Wynn then returned the punt 48 yards to the Wildcats' 22. Marcus Houston scored four plays later on a 7-yard run by putting his hand on the ground to balance after taking hits at the 4 and 1-yard lines. Colorado State reached Weber State's 7-yard line on its next drive, but Sanders couldn't handle a pitch from Van Pelt and the Wildcats recovered. The Rams picked it right back up on their first drive of the third quarter, moving 66 yards in eight plays for a 28-yard touchdown pass from Van Pelt to Pittman on a screen. It was more of the same on the next drive: 51 yards in eight plays for a 7-yard touchdown pass from Justin Holland to Pittman that put Colorado State up 28-0. Pittman scored his fourth touchdown of the season by winning a jump ball with Dewey Crayton in the corner of the end zone. "I think they wore us down, no doubt about that," Weber State coach Jerry Graybeal said. "You try to play keep away, you want to do the best you can with your own offense and with your defense, but we weren't able to do that today." Van Pelt threw for 163 yards and a touchdown before sitting out most of the second half, and Pittman had seven catches for 111 yards. Colorado State finished with 494 total yards. Nick Chournos had 88 yards rushing for Weber State, which had just 212 total yards to lose its 13th straight road game. The Wildcats are 3-34 all-time against Division I schools, with their last win coming in 1993 against Nevada. Weber State didn't score until Kyle Bauer hit Scott Peery on a 39-yard touchdown pass with just over eight minutes left in the game. That made it 31-6. "We need to go back and take what good there was out of it and correct the mistakes," Weber State linebacker Matt McFadden said. "At this point, I'm not sure what the good was."

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