Rams Provide Opposition for Bruins Opener

Three weeks, three games, three openers. That's the story of the 2002 football season thus far for Colorado State. Saturday night, the Rams help a third opponent open the campaign when Colorado State faces UCLA in the Rose Bowl.

Game time is 8:15 p.m. MT/7:15 p.m. PT. Fox Sports Net will telecast the game live nationally, while statewide radio coverage will be provided by the Colorado State Sports Network. Rich Bircumshaw is the play-by-play announcer, Mark Driscoll provides game analysis, and Brian Roth is the sideline reporter.

"This will be a real challenge for our football team," said Rams' coach Sonny Lubick. "UCLA is a very talented team. It may be the best defense we face this season."

UCLA finished 7-4 last year and returns all-star quarterback Cory Paus as well as a host of talented defenders.

The Rams enter the game 2-0, a strange twist having played two games while UCLA plays for the first time Saturday night.

Colorado State will also be playing the team's second road game of the year. The Rams opened the season - Lubick's 10th in Fort Collins – with a 35-29 win at Virginia. Last week's game with Colorado was played in Denver. This week's contest is the third in a row for the Rams away from home.

But Lubick isn't bothered by playing another game away from Hughes Stadium in Fort Collins. "That's kind of odd to think about. But it doesn't bother me, as long as we can keep winning," he joked. Tuesday, Lubick put his team through a two-hour workout in preparation for the game. The Rams will be without the services of regular starting weakside tackle Aaron Green, out the remainder of the season after fracturing his left fibula in last week's 19-14 win over Colorado. Special teams player Miles Kochevar suffered left knee ligament damage in the game and is also out for the rest of the year, while Mike Martz has an ankle injury and is out indefinitely.


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