Monday Morning Quarterback: Utah

They had everything to lose – and the other guy had everything to gain. Hard to be in a much tougher spot than that, especially when everyone who knows has said that you're both about equal in talent.

Once again, however, the CSU Rams were able to cast aside all the outside ‘factors' that could have brought them down, and went out and beat a pretty good Utah team – by eight points of course – to stay in the thick of the MWC title chase. This was a game CSU could have easily let get away. Instead, they played sound on both sides of the ball, and the special teams stepped up like the days of old.

Utah was supposed to be the "co" favorite, along with the Rams, to win the conference this season. Instead, they have imploded, the 28-20 loss to CSU being their fifth straight. But going in, the pressure was squarely on the Rams, and Utah knew it. It was CSU still in the title chase, it was CSU that needed the game most. Throwing caution to the wind, the Utes tried three fake punts, and their normally conservative offensive approach gave way to an all out air attack.

On offense, CSU still had to deal with an aggressive Ute ‘D' that held Michigan to 10 points in Ann Arbor a month ago. Utah was up to the task, too, holding Cecil Sapp, under 100 yards and making every carry he got a major grind.

This day then, fittingly, belonged to Bradlee Van Pelt, the Rams starting QB who was stung by his late game benching the week before, and who showed very clearly why he is the Rams best signal caller. Two TD runs, another TD pass, no major mistakes. It added up to an important road win for a team with designs on another league title.

It was appropriate. Van Pelt is a guy who always plays like he has everything to gain.


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