Rams In ESPN2 National Spotlight Thursday Night

Colorado State hopes to keep its Mountain West Conference championship hopes alive when the Rams play host to perennial conference power Brigham Young Thursday night at Hughes Stadium. Kickoff time has been officially set for 8:05 p.m.

Thursday's game will be telecast regionally by ESPN2. Jeff Hullinger calls the play-by-play, Todd Christensen is the analyst, and the sideline reporter is Stacy Paetz.

The game can be heard live on the Colorado State Sports Network, including flagship station KIIX (1410 AM) in Fort Collins and KHOW (630 AM) in Denver. Rich Bircumshaw calls the play-by-play, Mark Driscoll is the analyst, and Brian Roth provides sideline reports. Kevin McGlue is the network engineer. Air time on the network is 6 p.m. MT.

BYU is 3-4 overall, 0-2 in the league, while the Rams enter the contest 6-2 and 2-0.

"We've been through a tough stretch and have come through it pretty well," said Rams' coach Sonny Lubick of his team's first eight games. Thursday night's game is but the third at home in Hughes Stadium for the Rams. Only four other teams nationally have played two or fewer home games through the first eight of the 2002 campaign.

Lubick said the Rams will face a BYU team focused on winning their first conference game of 2002.

"They've got good players and a good program. We are going to have to be ready to play," said Lubick. He said the shortened week caused by the Thursday night game is more difficult for the road team. Lubick's Rams are a perfect 5-0 in home Thursday night games, but 0-4 on the road.

"The extra two days, the injury factor is huge. You get that time to have bumps and bruises heal up. But they have the same problem, playing on Thursday night," said Lubick. "It's much more difficult on the road. We'll have our practice like normal Wednesday, while they are traveling. It's seems to be an advantage for the home team."

Lubick said the Rams face a vaunted BYU passing attack with little depth in the secondary. Reserve Jason Hepp, who is the team's top "nickel" back and a key special teams player, is out indefinitely with a knee sprain.

Athletic department officials said late Monday that only 2,000 student tickets remain to be distributed, and that supply will likely be exhausted Tuesday, and 1,800 reserved tickets remain for the game.

Colorado State has had sellouts in each of the first two home games. The team's game Oct. 12 against Wyoming sold out nearly two weeks prior to the contest.

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