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Sports / Recreation

Rams host No. 5 Boise State in "White Out" game

October 12, 2011

Fans get a chance to see one of the nation's top teams Saturday when Boise State comes to Hughes Stadium for its first Mountain West game.

The CSU Rams, who have not beaten a ranked team since topping No. 6 Colorado in 2002, look to upset No. 5 Boise State on Saturday.The CSU Rams return to action in a big way Saturday, hosting fifth-ranked Boise State in a 4 p.m. Mountain West game at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium.

The Rams bring a 3-2 record (1-0 in MW play) after a bye. The Broncos (5-0) will not only be making their Mountain West debut Saturday, they are joining fellow MW member TCU in 2010 as the highest-ranked teams ever to play at Hughes Stadium.

"White Out Cancer"

The game, which is nearing a sellout, not only pits CSU against one of the nation’s finest teams, it provides fans with an opportunity to “White Out Cancer.” CSU has partnered with Poudre Valley Health System, encouraging fans to wear white, while the Rams will be wearing all-white uniforms for the first time in a home game since 1956.

PVHS and The Mtn. are giving white T-shirts to first 5,000 fans through the gates, and PVHS is distributing 5,000 white placards to fans, who will be asked to hold up the placards at a certain point during the game. RamStrength, formed in 2006 by former CSU coach Sonny Lubick and his family when his son, Marc, was diagnosed with cancer, is also a sponsor.

Rams coming off bye

The Rams are coming off a 38-31 loss to San Jose State. After losing six starters and several key backups to injuries throughout the first five games, they are hoping the week off gives them an edge against the talented Broncos.

CSU is led by defensive end Nordly Capi, who continues to lead the nation in sacks with 1.6 per game. Capi, a sophomore, has sacks in five consecutive games, matching the longest such streak in CSU history.

Moore leads Broncos

Boise State is led by senior quarterback Kellen Moore, who was a finalist for the 2010 Heisman Trophy and is among the favorites to win the award this year. Moore has won 43 wins as a starting quarterback and trails all-time leader Colt McCoy of Texas by just two victories with at least seven games remaining in the Broncos’ season.

Tickets are going fast, with fewer than 2,000 remaining. Tickets can be purchased at the McGraw Athletic Center ticket office, online at csurams.com or by calling (970) 491-7267.

Volleyball team faces key games

The CSU volleyball team is also home this week and plays a pair of important Mountain West matches. The league-leading Rams face New Mexico tonight at 6 in a match that will be televised by The Mtn. Saturday, the Rams host TCU in a noon match at Moby Arena.

Tickets can be purchased at the gate, at the McGraw Athletic Center ticket office, online at csurams.com or by calling (970) 491-7267.