Ranking Every Game of the Mike Bobo Era: #27, Abilene Christian

  • Final Score: Colorado State 38, Abilene Christian 10
  • Line: Colorado State -43
  • Venue: Canvas Stadium

Another day, another win against a crappy FCS team. I don’t know much about Abilene Christian. I know that they’re from Abilene, and that they are Christian. And a University. I can’t find any evidence of wildcats living in the Abilene area though. Abilene State Park lists the following animals in their park: deer, armadillos, foxes, squirrels, raccoons, and rabbits.

Do you think their fans look at TCU, Baylor, or SMU and say “Damn it, that should have been us!” the same way CSU fans look at Utah?

I hate playing random teams named the Wildcats because I can never get this Simpsons clip out of my head whenever we do:

Here’s a fun little fact about ACU, they have a kicker who set the record for the longest field goal in college football history:

Anyway, the Rams were coming off the Offensive Pass Interference loss against CU and this was the classic “CU hangover” game. Luckily, ACU was awful and the Rams won easily.

Not too many highlights from this one as all the Rams’ touchdowns were garden variety. Nick Stevens had a 41 yard run that was pretty cool/hilarious. The play took so long that I couldn’t make a GIF out of it, but you can see it in the highlight video at the end of this post.

The most exciting sequence was a goal line stand in the 2nd quarter. ACU had a 1st-and-goal from the 5 and didn’t score after running on four straight plays.

The CSU defense didn’t give up a touchdown this game, the only Wildcat TD came off a blocked punt returned for a touchdown. Classic kicking game boner.

The game was over when… well, according to ESPN’s Win Probability meter, the game was pretty much over at the opening kickoff:

But it was truly over when the Rams stopped ACU on that 4th-and-goal play, then put together a 99-yard touchdown drive to go up 17-0.

Behind Enemy Lines:

Now this is the type of saltiness you hope for when looking at another team’s board! You have the first guy crying that a random group of strangers on the internet aren’t giving his school enough credit for a 38-10 defeat. The second guy responds that CSU fans are a “different class of people” for not showering his beloved Wildcats with praise over a four touchdown loss in a game where ACU never threatened. The internet is the best and not unhealthy at all.

The Wildcats would end the year 2-10. LOL.

The game was streamed over the Mountain West website, so it basically doesn’t exist any more. Here is a quick highlight video:

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