Rams Back in Action; Take on Dangerous Nevada

Colorado State has won all six games in the series with Nevada including a 35-18 win in Fort Collins last season. The Rams have won both previous games in Reno, most recently a 45-14 decision in 2000.

Colorado State returns to action this week with a game Saturday afternoon at the University of Nevada in Reno following the first of two open dates. The Rams moved to 3-1 on the season with a 36-33 win over the University of Louisville in the team's most recent outing. RB Cecil Sapp led the way by gaining 130 rushing yards and scoring a career-best three touchdowns. It marked the seventh time in Sapp's career, third time in 2002, and second game in a row that he has rushed for more than 100 yards. The Rams amassed a season-best 469 yards and limited Louisville's potent attack to just 366 yards, the fewest by an opponent this season. The game was played before a sellout crowd of 31,607 and a national television audience on ESPN2. The sellout was announced a day before the game, and the crowd was the 17th largest in stadium and school history. The attendance figure set a new school record for a home opener.

Colorado State, following the win over Louisville, now plays back-to-back nonconference games at Nevada and Fresno State University before opening conference play against Wyoming in Fort Collins Oct. 12.

Colorado State's game with Louisville included the largest home opening crowd in history - 31,607 - and the 17th largest crowd in school history. The game also marked the 25th time Colorado State has drawn 30,000 or more fans to Hughes Stadium. The Rams wait nearly a month before entertaining Border War rival Wyoming Oct. 12 in the team's conference opener.

Colorado State has won all six games in the series with Nevada including a 35-18 win in Fort Collins last season. The Rams have won both previous games in Reno, most recently a 45-14 decision in 2000.

Rams' RB Cecil Sapp, named to the Doak Walker Award list last month, continues his early-season surge. Sapp gained 130 yards and scored a career-best three touchdowns in leading the Rams to the win over Louisville. Sapp has gained 493 yards (123.2 yards per game). He is also the first Rams' running back since Kevin McDougal in 1999 to carry the ball 20 times or more in back-to-back-to-back games. McDougal carried the ball 20 or more times the final five games of the season.

When the Rams return to action at Nevada in Reno, the game follows an open date. Colorado State has a 7-2 record in games under Sonny Lubick following an open date. The Rams are 1-1 on the road this season, Colorado State opened the season by winning at Virginia, then lost 30-19 at UCLA.


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