Rams lose heartbreaker to Fresno State in OT

Few thought they had any sort of chance against the eighth-ranked team in the nation, but the Colorado State Rams came just seconds away from pulling off the major upset, instead falling 25-22 in overtime to the Fresno State Bulldogs. It was the first overtime game in CSU football history.

The Bulldogs got a 41-yard field goal from Asen Asparuhov in overtime to gain the win. That came just moments after CSU Head Coach Sonny Lubick passed on a field goal try, and went for a first down on fourth a less than a yard from just outside the 15 yard line on the Rams first possession of overtime. Fresno stuffed a run by tailback Duan Ruff, then ran three plays before Asparuhov kicked the game winner.

The Bulldogs had tied the game at 22-22 on the final play of regulation with a 48-yard field goal by Asparuhov. The tying kick came after CSU, now 2-4 on the season, had taken a 22-19 lead with 27 seconds to play on a 21-yard touchdown pass from

Sophomore Quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt to Pete Rebstock on fourth and nine. Leading 20-19, the Rams went for, and got, a two-point conversion pass from Van Pelt to Joel Dressen to give them the three-point lead.

After a touchback on the kick-off, Fresno State Quarterback David Carr took his team to the CSU 31 with three passes of14, 17 and 18 yards to set up Asparuhov's tying kick.

The Rams offensive performance was a stark contrast to their last outing, a 7-2 loss to Louisville. Van Pelt led a strong running game that racked up 322 yards rushing, Van Pelt accounting for 141 and Ruff 108. Van Pelt, who also passed for 116 yards, had put the Rams ahead 14-10 in the third quarter on a dazzling 47-yard touchdown run, becoming the first Rams QB since 1989 to rush for more than 100 yards.

Later, an Asparuhov field goal, and Carr's second TD pass of the game gave Fresno the 19-14 lead they took until the final minutes. Asparuhov kicked four field goals in the game for the Bulldogs, who improved to 6-0 on the year, and will move up in the rankings.


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