BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Jeff Babock's 32-yard field goal with
1:57 remaining lifted Colorado State to a 23-21 win over California
Van Pelt finished with 317 yards passing and 60 yards rushing
for the Rams (1-1) while David Alexander had seven receptions for
California (1-2) erased a 20-7 Colorado State lead with two
fourth-quarter touchdowns, but couldn't come back again following
Babcock's late field goal.
With 1:50 left to play, Colorado State's Ben Stratton
intercepted a pass from Reggie Robertson to end the Golden Bears'
Robertson had three touchdown passes, two to Geoff McArthur in
the fourth quarter, and threw for 248 yards.
Colorado State opened the scoring when Babcock hit a career-best
48-yard field goal with 7:48 left in the first quarter.
Cal immediately countered with a six-play 80-yard drive that
culminated in a 30-yard touchdown pass from Robertson to Vincent
Strang with 4:42 remaining.
The Rams took the lead back on the first play from scrimmage
after the kickoff, as Van Pelt connected with tight end Joel
Dreesen on an 85-yard pass that put the Colorado State up 10-7. The
85-yard strike was the second-longest pass play in Colorado State's
110-year football history.
The Rams extended their lead to 17-7 on a 25-yard pass from Van
Pelt to Alexander, who is averaging 25.8 yards per catch this
season, with 12:46 to go in the second period.
Van Pelt finished the first half with six completions in seven
attempts for 177 yards and two touchdowns.
The win was just the seventh for Colorado State in 43 games
against Pac-10 schools, and the first since Oct. 8, 1994, when the
Rams beat Arizona, 21-16.