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Rams host San Jose State for Homecoming

September 29, 2011

CSU seeking victory, canned food donations at annual Homecoming game vs. San Jose State.

The CSU Rams, looking for their first 4-1 start in five seasons, take on San Jose State at 2 p.m. Saturday in the 86th annual Homecoming game at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium.Steve Fairchild has two goals for Saturday when the CSU Rams face San Jose State at 2 p.m. in their annual Homecoming game at Hughes Stadium.

First, he’s hoping the Rams can feed off the positive energy produced last week in a thrilling 35-34 win at Utah State in double overtime. A win over the Spartans would give CSU a 4-1 record, matching their best start since 2006.

Second, he’s hoping for a sellout crowd – and not just because he wants a big crowd on hand to support his team. Fairchild and his wife Nancy are donating 10 cents for every ticket sold to the 25th annual Cans Around the Oval food drive, and the fourth-year coach wants to max out his donation.

Fairchilds support "Cans" drive

“I hope you’ll come and know that you’re helping us make a difference. I hope we get 50,000 people there,” Fairchild said of his annual contribution to the effort to feed the area’s hungry. “My wife Nancy and I have been part of Colorado State for a long time, and we’ve always supported the Cans Around the Oval campaign, fighting hunger in our area.”

In addition to the Fairchilds’ support, the other coaches’ wives will be in Ram Town and at all gates collecting non-perishable food items and cash donations. This year’s annual Cans Around the Oval collection day is Oct. 12.

Rams coming off big win

On the field, the Rams should feel confident following their win over heavily favored Utah State. The Rams trailed for most of that game before tying the score 21-21 in the final minute. CSU scored two touchdowns in overtime, then stopped a Utah State two-point conversion attempt at the end of the second overtime to earn the victory.

The Rams, who are off next week before hosting fourth-ranked Boise State on Oct. 15, are hoping to keep their momentum going.

“This is a great opportunity for our football team to start the season 4-1 going into the bye week,” Fairchild said.

Rams sweep MW honors

CSU enters the game after earning a rare honor this week, when three Rams earned player-of-the-week accolades from the Mountain West Conference. That’s a first for CSU, and only the second time a team had swept the MW weekly honors for defense, offense, and special teams.

Linebacker Shaquil Barrett, who had 14 tackles and a fumble return for a touchdown, long-snapper Tanner Hedstrom, who recovered two muffed punts on special teams, and running back Chris Nwoke, who scored two of CSU’s three touchdowns down the stretch, were cited by the conference for helping the Rams win for in overtime for the first time in school history. CSU had lost its previous two overtime affairs.

San Jose State (1-3) is coming off a 34-24 win over New Mexico State to snap a 13-game losing streak. The Spartans have lost 16 consecutive road games but have played well this season, losing close games to UCLA and Nevada before their breakout win over New Mexico State.

Tickets available

Tickets for seats in the north end zone are sold out, but tickets remain for seats in the west stands. To purchase tickets, go online to csurams.com, call (970) 491-7267 or stop by the McGraw Athletic Center ticket office. Tickets will also be available at the gate Saturday.