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Sports / Recreation

Rams get win, players honored

September 27, 2010

Pete Thomas led the Rams to a dramatic, 36-34 triumph over Idaho last Saturday.

Pete Thomas and the rest of the Rams wore their new orange jerseys in honor of Ag Day. The crowd also wore orange as part of "Orange Out."

Ag Day brings victory

A sea of orange filled up Hughes Stadium last Saturday as the CSU football team looked to snap a 0-3 start to the season. CSU picked up its first victory of 2010, a 36-34 win over the Idaho Vandals and it was only fitting it came on the celebration of the 29th annual Ag Day, a foundation this university was founded on.

True freshman quarterback Pete Thomas had 29 of 36 completed passes and threw for 386 yards on the day, three which resulted in touchdowns.

Running back Raymond Carter was the connection on two of Thomas' touchdowns and also had one rushing touchdown.

While Thomas and Carter did have outstanding performances, the Rams picked up the win thanks to Ben DeLine's 35 yard field goal kick just as time expired.

Players receive honors

After only his fourth college game, Thomas a true freshman from El Cajon, Calif., has earned Mountain West Player of the Week honors after an impressive performance, the conference office announced Monday morning.

Thomas, who ranks 21st in the nation with 270.2 passing yards per game, becomes the first CSU player to win the MWC’s weekly offensive award since RB Gartrell Johnson on Oct. 6, 2008.

Raymond Carter, like Thomas a four-star recruit out of high school, earned the Mountain West Player of the Week recognition.

He became the first CSU player since Lawrence “The Clutch” McCutcheon 40 years ago to top 100 yards rushing and receiving in the same game. A future NFL star, McCutcheon did it on Oct. 31, 1970, in a 20-13 win over Utah State at Hughes Stadium (104 rushing yards, 117 receiving). Carter also joined McCutcheon (twice in 1970, also at Wyoming), as one of only two running backs in CSU history to eclipse 100 yards receiving.

Carter’s 72-yard TD reception from Pete Thomas that gave the Rams a 27-24 lead late in the third quarter was the longest CSU play from scrimmage since Johnson’s 77-yard touchdown run in the 2008 New Mexico Bowl vs. Fresno State, Dec. 20, 2008, at University Stadium in Albuquerque. Carter also ripped off a career-long run on the Rams’ first drive, 37 yards.

Can they do it again?

Rams Football will play Texas Christian University on Saturday, Oct. 2 at Hughes Stadium. Kickoff is at noon.

They will try to carry their momentum of this big morale win as they face Horn Frogs.