FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) -- A spark from a sophomore running back
and a refocused offensive line revitalized Colorado State's rushing
attack Saturday at Hughes Stadium.
Kyle Bell rushed for a career-high 183 yards on 33 carries and
his first career touchdown to propel Colorado State to its first
win of the season, a 42-21 victory over Nevada.
It was the most rushing yards for a Rams running back since
Henri Childs had 237 yards against BYU in 2001.
The Rams had averaged just 77 yards rushing in their first two
games, but piled up 257 in the victory. CSU (1-2) scored touchdowns
on its first three possessions for an early 21-0 lead.
"We knew what we had to do coming in," Bell said. "We finally
got a chance to get in a flow in the game, and that's something we
lacked in the first two games."
Bell had more yards -- 87 -- in the first quarter than he had in
the Rams' first two games combined.
"Kyle's in such good condition that he could have played
another quarter, and that's a tribute to him," Colorado State head
coach Sonny Lubick said. "He was just a workhorse in there."
Colorado State quarterback Justin Holland threw for 223 yards
and three touchdowns to give the Rams a balanced attack against the
Wolf Pack (1-2). He threw touchdown passes of 26 and 23 yards to
Johnny Walker and George Hill respectively on the Rams' first two
Walker finished with a career-high 120 yards and one touchdown.
"The credit's got to go to the offensive line," Holland said.
"I can't emphasize how important running the ball is to our team.
It makes it so much easier for me to run the offense. We knew it
was there all along, and the coaches told the o-line all week we
were going to run the ball and we did."
The Rams offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage all
game, paving the way for 480 yards of total offense.
"Today was all about execution and focusing," center Albert
Bimper said. "We tried to be physical and put guys on the
The Rams' third touchdown, a 2-yard run by Tristan Walker, came
one play after David Anderson blocked Justin Bergendahl's punt and
Zac Bryson recovered it on the 2-yard-line. It was Colorado State's
first blocked punt since 2001.
Colorado State's early momentum ended when Kevin Mack missed a
27-yard field goal late in the first quarter. Nevada capitalized
with a 12-play, 80-yard drive to cut the Rams' lead to 21-7 on an
8-yard touchdown pass from Jeff Rowe to B.J. Mitchell.
Late in the third quarter, Bell fumbled at the Rams' 43. On the
next play, Kyle Sammons caught a 43-yard touchdown pass from Rowe,
cutting CSU's lead to 21-14. It was as close as the Wolf Pack would
Bell then put Colorado State up 28-14 early in the fourth
quarter with his first career touchdown, a 1-yard run. The Rams
added a 6-yard touchdown reception by tight end Matt Barts and a
40-yard touchdown run by wide receiver Damon Martin on an
end-around to seal the win.