Nevada 21

(1-2, 0-0 MW)

Colorado State 42

(1-2, 0-0 MW)

Coverage: Fox Sports Net

6:00 PM ET, September 24, 2005

Hughes Stadium (CO), Fort Collins, CO

1 2 3 4 T
NEV 0 7 7 721
CSU 21 0 0 2142

Top Performers

Passing: J. Rowe (NEV) - 324 YDS, 3 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: K. Bell (CSU) - 33 CAR, 183 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Walker (CSU) - 4 REC, 120 YDS, 1 TD

Colorado State 42, Nevada 21

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 possessions.

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 ground."

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 get.

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.