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Rams say goobye to Cougars, 16 seniors

November 10, 2010
By Tony Phifer

The CSU Rams close out their 2010 home schedule at noon Saturday, facing conference rival BYU. This is the last scheduled meeting between the Rams and Cougars, who will become an independent starting next fall.

Tight end Eric Peitz is one of 16 seniors playing their final home game for the Rams.

Farewells will be the order of the day Saturday when the Colorado State University Rams host Brigham Young at noon at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium in their final home game of the season.

Not only will this be the final home game for CSU’s 16 seniors, it will be last scheduled CSU-BYU game in a series that dates to 1922. BYU announced plans this summer to leave the Mountain West Conference to play an independent schedule in football.

Rams 3-1 at home this fall

The Rams (3-7, 2-4 MWC) will be looking to continue their solid play at home, where they have posted a 3-1 record this season. Their only Hughes Stadium loss was to third-ranked TCU.

CSU is coming off a heartbreaking 24-19 loss at San Diego State. The Rams put together perhaps their best overall performance of the season, collecting five turnovers on defense and holding the powerful Aztec offense in check for most of the game. A late rally fell short, however, ending CSU’s chance for a second bowl game in three years under coach Steve Fairchild.

Rams, Cougars have long history

CSU has not beaten BYU since 2003 and has not topped the Cougars in Fort Collins since 2002. BYU leads 78-year-old series 38-27-3.

The Cougars, who have been one of the dominant programs in the MWC in recent years, have struggled this year but still have a chance to earn a bowl berth in its final season in the league. BYU (4-5, 3-2 MWC) has posted back-to-back wins for the first time this season and needs to win two of its final three games to qualify for a bowl game.

Marquee matchup of freshman QBs

The game will match two talented young quarterbacks in CSU’s Pete Thomas and BYU’s Jake Heaps. They are two of 16 true freshmen in the country starting at quarterback, and both have had solid seasons. Thomas is second in the MWC with 2,273 passing yards, while Heaps is fourth with 1,351.

Sixteen seniors facing final home game

The Rams will be wearing their orange "throwback" jerseys for Saturday's home finale against BYU.

CSU will honor its 16 departing seniors in a pregame ceremony. The group includes starting nose tackle Guy Miller and starting fullback Zac Pauga, who have played in all 47 games during their careers. Other senior starters include wide receiver Tyson Liggett, offensive tackle Mark Starr, tight end Eric Peitz, running back Leonard Mason, defensive tackle Ty Whittier, and linebacker Ricky Brewer.

Orange jerseys, free concert

The Rams will don their orange "throwback" jerseys for the game. The jerseys, which pay tribute to CSU's past when it was known as Colorado A&M, first appeared earlier this season when the Rams rallied to beat Idaho in their home opener.

Prior to the game, country performer Rivers Rutherford will perform in the first-ever concert at Ram Town. Rutherford, a noted country songwriter who has penned two chart-topping tunes, will perform from 1:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. 

Tickets are available

Tickets are available online, at the gate, or by calling (970) 491-RAMS. Studnets are encouraged to pick up their tickets at the McGraw Athletic Center or Lory Student Center box offices. Student tickets are not available at the stadium.