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Rams look to end season on a high note

November 18, 2010
By Tony Phifer

The Colorado State Rams close the season Saturday against rival Wyoming. At stake are the Bronze Boot traveling trophy and bragging rights for the coming year in one of the nation's oldest rivalries.

 

The CSU Rams will try to bring the Bronze Boot back to Fort Collins on Saturday when they take on rival Wyoming.

The Colorado State Rams close the 2010 season at noon Saturday, playing rival Wyoming in the 102nd renewal of the Border War.

The Rams (3-8, 2-5 Mountain West Conference) will look to reclaim the Bronze Boot when they head to War Memorial Stadium in Laramie. CSU leads the storied series, which dates to 1899, 55-41-5.

Bronze Boot on the line

The Bronze Boot, one of the more unique traveling trophies in college sports, has been awarded to the winning team every year since 1968, with the series tied 21-21 since that time. The trophy was donated by former CSU graduate student and assistant professor Dan Romero, who wore the boot while serving in the Army in Vietnam.

Rams, Pokes struggling

The Rams are coming off a disappointing 49-10 to loss to Brigham Young last week in their home finale. They have lost two straight overall, and have not won a road game all season.

Wyoming (2-9, 0-7) has lost six in a row and nine of 10, and is looking to avoid a winless conference season under second-year coach Dave Christensen. The Cowboys won 17-16 last year in Fort Collins and are looking for their first back-to-back wins over the Rams since 1991-92. The Rams, however, won the last game in Laramie in 2008 and have won two of the past three games in the series.

Thomas, Sisson lead the way for Rams

CSU’s Pete Thomas will be looking to close his stellar first season on a high note.Thomas is the only freshman quarterback in the country to start every game this season, and he leads all freshmen in completion percentage (66.2). He has a chance to become the most accurate starting freshman passer in history, surpassing the 61.6 completion percentage recorded by Tennessee’s Peyton Manning in 1994.

CSU’s defense is led by junior linebacker Mychal Sisson, who leads the nation in forced fumbles, averaging .55 per game. Sisson has forced five fumbles over the past three games.

ROTC run, blood drive today

Included in the festivities leading up to the game are the Bronze Boot Run and the Border War Blood Drive.

The Bronze Boot Run features CSU Army ROTC cadets running the game ball from Hughes Stadium to the Colorado-Wyoming border, where the ball will be handed off to Wyoming Army ROTC cadets, who will complete the run to Laramie. The run begins today with a 6:20 a.m. ceremony at Hughes Stadium.

The Border War Blood Drive is a challenge between the two schools to see which can donate the most blood. Donations will be taken from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today in the Hall of Fame Room, located on the south concourse of Moby Arena.