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Sports / Recreation

Ag Day, 'Orange Out' on tap for Saturday

September 7, 2011

CSU's football and volleyball teams will be donning orange jerseys Saturday to celebrate the school's Aggie heritage. Combine that excitement with the food and fun associated with the 30th annual Ag Day festivities, and you have can't-miss entertainment.

The CSU Rams will be donning their orange jerseys Saturday when they take on UNC at Hughes Stadium.Orange will be in style Saturday when the CSU Rams host UNC in both football and volleyball as part of the 30th annual Ag Day celebration.

The football team, coming off a season-opening 14-10 win over Mountain West foe New Mexico, will be looking to start the season 2-0 in its first meeting with the Bears since 1986. CSU leads the all-time series with UNC, which dates to 1893, 16-0-1. Kickoff is at noon at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium.

Capi coming off memorable performance

The Rams are coming off a stellar defensive effort vs. New Mexico in which they recorded nine quarterback sacks. Sophomore defensive end Nordly Capi set an NCAA record with four forced fumbles and 3.5 sacks to pace the defense. Capi was named Mountain West defensive player of the week for his efforts.

The volleyball team, which moved up to 14th this week in national rankings, is coming off a memorable weekend during which it upset No. 5 Nebraska in five games Friday before sweeping Albany on Saturday. The Rams (4-1) host Wichita State at 7 tonight before taking on UNC at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Ram Volleyball Classic at Moby Arena. Saturday night’s game, like the football game, is the annual “orange out” event, with fans encouraged to wear orange.

Plourde leads way for volleyball team

The Rams will be led by junior middle blocker Megan Plourde, who was named Mountain West player of the week for her efforts vs. Nebraska and Albany.

Tickets for all games are available online, at the game or by calling (970) 491-7267. Students must pick up their free football tickets by 5 p.m. today; students with valid CSU ID are admitted free to volleyball games.

Ag Day celebrating 30 years

Ag Day festivities, featuring live music and some of Colorado’s best food, begin at 9:30 a.m. in the south parking lot at Hughes Stadium. Colorado-grown food, including beef, pork, lamb, potatoes, watermelon, wheat bread, dairy and salad will be dished out. Refreshments will be available to help participants wash down meals. Colorado-grown flowers also will be available.

Ag Day, co-hosted by the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Department of Athletics, is an annual feast that attracts up to 3,500 people and spotlights Colorado fare – in many cases, commodities that have blossomed with help from agricultural research at CSU.

Special entertainment

There will be special entertainment: Trent Loos, a Nebraska-based radio personality who broadcasts a program called “Rural Route,” will be the day’s emcee, while Bob Purcell and the Outriders, a country-western band from the Greeley area, also will entertain the crowd.

Cost is $15 for meal only, or $35.50 for meal and football ticket (handling fees apply). Buy tickets online at or in person in the Ag Day ticket office, 127A Shepardson Building on the CSU campus (cash or check only). A limited number of meal tickets is expected to be available at the event.

For information, call (970) 491-6497 (ticket orders cannot be taken at this number).

Contact: Tony Phifer
Phone: (970) 491-7712