Ranking Every Game of the Mike Bobo Era: #26, 2016 Northern Colorado

  • Final Score: Colorado State 47, Northern Colorado 21
  • Line: Colorado State -21
  • Venue: Hughes Stadium

Who says we don’t win rivalry games? Can someone please invent a trophy for this game so we can retroactively fill up the trophy case at Canvas Stadium? Is Johnson’s Corner halfway between Fort Collins and Greeley? How about the Cinnamon Roll Cup?

Okay, okay, this is isn’t a real rivalry, but I do admit that I get more excited for the occasional UNC match-up than most other OOC games. It’s not that I’m excited to win, it’s that I’m terrified to lose. The Rams lead the series with 20 wins, no losses, and one tie, but could you imagine if we lost? We would never hear the end of it.

The Rams rolled out true freshman Collin Hill for his first ever start. He responded by throwing for 315 yards on 21 for 27 passing. But his best play of the day was this 51 yard touchdown run:

Where the hell did that come from? It was the longest touchdown run by a Colorado State quarterback since Bradlee Van Pelt had a 71-yarder in 2002.

I was combing through the box score and noticed O’Shea Jackson got his first career sack in this game. Of all the defensive tackles that flamed out or we’ve missed on, Jackson was by far the best. In nine games he recorded 17 tackles, 3 TFLs, and 2 sacks, pretty good production for a freshman defensive tackle. He also allowed guys like Darnell Thompson to play on the end instead of having to help out at tackle. I think the Rams win a couple more games over the years if Jackson plays four seasons at CSU.

The game was over when… Collin Hill hit Michael Gallup for a 16 yard touchdown to go up 28-0 in the 2nd quarter.

Even though UNC had future NFL quarterback Kyle Sloter at the helm, they weren’t coming back from a four score deficit.

Rams would go into the half up 38-0 and eventually win the game 47-21.

This UNC time was actually a decent Big Sky team. They finished the year 6-5, one of their few winning seasons on the past decade or so.

Behind Enemy Lines…

I couldn’t find any salty post game messages, but this one from before the game was pretty funny. What did we do to this guy to be his most hated team in state? (I’m honestly curious.) And does he realize that his username has a double meaning that is very appropriate after his team just got their asses kicked 47-21?

This game was streamed on CSURams.com, so it basically doesn’t exist any more. Here is a short highlight video:

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