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Sports / Recreation

Rams bound for New Mexico Bowl; tickets on sale

December 6, 2013

Bowl season is almost upon us, and the CSU Rams will be leading the way. The Rams have been invited to play in the first bowl game of the season, facing Washington State in the New Mexico Bowl.

CSU tailback Kapri Bibbs (5) leads the nation in scoring with 28 touchdowns.Jim McElwain promised better days were ahead when he was hired two years ago to coach the CSU Rams. In two short seasons, he's already made good on that promise.

The Rams (7-6), who won just nine games in the three seasons prior to Coach Mac's arrival, have been invited to play Washington State (6-6) in the Dec. 21 New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque. It will be CSU's first bowl appearance in five seasons and the 13th in school history.

“This is an exciting day not only for our team and our program, but for fans of Colorado State who have waited five years for the chance to go back to a bowl game,” McElwain said. “We’re looking forward to seeing a lot of green and gold in Albuquerque. I’m especially happy for our seniors, who have really stuck together and made a commitment to each other, that they will get to finish their career experiencing a bowl game for the first time.”

Tickets, travel packages

CSU fans are encouraged to buy tickets through the school's special bowl site. The site includes not only ticket information, but a link to travel packages. Fans can best support CSU Athletics by purchasing their tickets through the Rams ticket office, and purchasing from the official CSU allotment ensures the best seat locations and seating with fellow Rams fans.

This will be CSU's second appearance in the New Mexico Bowl. The Rams beat Fresno State 40-35 in 2008 in a memorable shootout.

Rams feature stars on offense, defense

The 2013 Rams feature the nation's leading scorer in tailback Kapri Bibbs, who has scored 28 touchdows while rushing for 1,572 yards, and quarterback Garrett Grayson, who has thrown for a school-record 3,327 yards and 21 touchdowns, making CSU the only team in the country with a 3,000-yard passer and a 1,500-yard rusher.

On defense, the Rams feature Shaquille Barrett, who ranks third in the nation in both sacks (12.0) and tackles for loss (20.5), and is a candidate for Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year.

Long time for Cougars, too

Washington State has had an even longer postseason drought and will be playing in a bowl game for the first time since 2003. The Cougars of the Pac-12 Conference own wins over Arizona and Southern Cal, and lost to Auburn -- which will play for the national championship -- by just seven points in their season opener.

For ticket information, call (970) 491-7712 or visit csurams.com.