Rams rebound to rip Wyo

A new starting quarterback and a new aggressiveness proved to be the tonic for what ailed the CSU Rams. They shook off last week's lackluster effort against San Diego State by routing their Mountain West Conference rivals, the Wyoming Cowboys, 42-14 in Laramie.

Bradlee Van Pelt got the start under center, and he responded by throwing for 115 yards, and rushing for 85. The Rams rediscovered their ground game, pounding out 302 yards rushing on 52 attempts. Duan Ruff rushed for 73 yards, while Henri Childs added 92.

Turnovers kept the game from being more lopsided. CSU lost four fumbles in the game, including one in the Wyoming end zone.

Van Pelt got the Rams on the board first with a 39-yard scoring jaunt. After the Cowboys tied it up, Dexter Wynn lit up the Pokes with a 95-yard kick-off return for a score, and the Rams were rolling. It was close for awhile; the Rams led 17-14 midway through the third quarter. But CSU then erupted for 24 straight points to ice the contest.

"Our offensive line, our defense, the whole team just did a good job," said Van Pelt after the game. The CSU defense picked off Wyo quarterback Casey Bramlet four times - three in the second half - and recovered a Cowboy fumble, so the Rams ended up winning the turnover battle.

It's a short week for the Rams, who travel to Louisville this week for a nationally televised Thursday night game against the Cardinals. The game is a re-match of last season's Liberty Bowl.

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