Table of Contents
- 1 Postgame Coverage:
- 2 Another look: CSU players make a beeline toward the Bronze Boot
- 3 Check the highlights
- 4 Honk if you’re happy!
- 5 FINAL: Colorado St. 34, Wyoming 24
- 6 CSU takes over!
- 7 Colorado State adds a huge FG
- 8 Wyoming cuts the CSU lead to 7
- 9 Wyoming, CSU trade punts
- 10 END 3rd Quarter: CSU 31, Wyoming 17
- 11 Trey McBride huge touchdown
- 12 Wyoming cuts CSU lead to 7
- 13 First-half photos
- 14 CSU can’t capitalize
- 15 Wyoming drive falls apart
- 16 Second half underway
- 17 Halftime: CSU 24, Wyoming 14
- 18 Wyoming answers with a TD
- 19 Someone saw this coming!
- 20 CSU football grows the lead
- 21 Touchdown Wyoming
- 22 CSU adds to the lead
- 23 End of first quarter
- 24 Another stop by CSU defense
- 25 CSU misses field goal
- 26 Touchdown CSU once again
- 27 CSU forces fumble
- 28 Colorado State defensive touchdown
- 29 CSU punts on first drive
- 30 A different pre-game hype
- 31 The Boot is in the house
- 32 Patrick O’Brien to start at quarterback
- 33 No fans, but some here to watch
- 34 Colorado State football’s rivalry woes
- 35 Pre-game Border War reading
Fans stand outside an empty Canvas Stadium and watch the CSU football team’s pregame entrance before facing Wyoming on Nov. 5, 2020.
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CSU players were plenty eager to get their hands on the Bronze Boot after the game.
And why not? No scholarship CSU player had been a part of a Rams’ win in the Border War series.
It was a game full of big plays, and CSU made most of them en route to a 34-24 win.
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Multiple reporters and others in the Canvas Stadium pressbox said they can hear CSU fans honking outside the north gates of the on-campus stadium after the Rams took down Border War rival Wyoming.
The Bronze Boot is back in Fort Collins! For the first time since 2015, the Rams claim the Border War with a 34-24 win over visiting Wyoming in an empty Canvas Stadium.
It’s a huge first win for Steve Addazio, as former coach Mike Bobo’s 12-game losing streak in rivalry games to end his tenure was a sore spot for Rams fans.
The team was plenty fired up after, sprinting to the Bronze Boot trophy on the Wyoming sidelines as soon as the clock hit zero.
Patrick O’Brien played a crisp game, throwing for 255 yards and accounting for three touchdowns, while speedy sophomore Dante Wright returned to action with 10 catches for 146 yards. Tight end Trey McBride added five catches for 90 yards and two scores.
The defense also chipped in big-time, forcing two turnovers early that led to a quick 14-0 lead, and then came up with some key second-half stops.
Wyoming’s last-chance drive comes up empty after the Rams sack Levi Williams and snuff out a screen pass.
Every time the Rams were challenged in the second half, they responded with a score. That should just about do it from Canvas Stadium.
Freshman kicker Robert Liss comes up with the kind of clutch play CSU has been missing for a long time.
Liss boots a 47-yarder through the uprights to give CSU a 2-score lead at 34-24 with 2:46 left in the game.
The kick capped off a drive that took almost 6 minutes off the clock and included some key 3rd-down conversions, like Dante Wright’s leaping grab that got CSU into field-goal range.
It’s not over yet – Wyoming still has all three timeouts – but that was an impressive kick under pressure from the freshman.
Not quite panic time for CSU, but the Border War just got really interesting. Levi Williams’ QB sneak from the 3-yard-line ends up with a spin outside the tackles and into the endzone. That’s a huge touchdown for Wyoming.
It’s still CSU 31, Wyoming 24 with 8:18 left in the game. Can the Rams close it out?
It’s getting close to now-or-never time for the visiting Cowboys, as they take over at their own 44 down 31-17 with 11:40 left in the game.
CSU offense couldn’t convert a 3rd and short after Toby McBride joined brother Trey with a huge 3rd-and-short stop on Wyoming’s previous possession.
Even though Wyoming held the ball for over 10 minutes of the quarter, CSU still extended its halftime lead with a timely touchdown drive.
It’s right there for the taking heading to the final frame, as the Rams are tantalizingly close to breaking a 12-game rivalry losing streak that dates back to 2016.
Wyoming will open the fourth quarter with a 2nd and 8 near midfield after a CSU pass interference penalty to close the third.
Trey McBride with a massive play. The superstar tight end catches a 38-yard TD from Patrick O’Brien. McBride caught the ball about the 11 and dragged a defender all the way to the end zone for his second score of the game.
Huge response and CSU’s lead on Wyoming is 31-17 with 3:18 left in the third quarter.
Thomas Pannunzio had a great kick return to set CSU up at its own 47 to start the drive.
O’Brien now has 208 pass yards and McBride has 90 receiving yards.
Wyoming cuts CSU lead to 7
The bad news for CSU is the lead is down to one score. The good news is Wyoming drove inside CSU’s 10-yardline but the Rams held the Pokes to a field goal.
CSU is up 24-17 with 4:24 left in the third quarter. A Treyton Welch for catch for 25 yards from Levi Williams on a blown CSU coverage put Wyoming inside the 10. Xazavian Valladay had a 38-yard rush to put Wyoming inside CSU’s half.
It was an 11-play, 80-yard drive that took a significant chunk of time (6:02) for Wyoming.
Check out action shots from Coloradoan photographer Bethany Baker, one of the select few on the field for the game. We’ll update throughout the night with the latest shots.
After the muffed punt the Rams can’t take advantage of the first drive.
CSU goes three-and-out and punts. Wyoming ball at own 12 early in the third quarter.
A Levi Williams pass to Isaiah Neyor for 37 yards would have put Wyoming inside CSU’s 20, but an unsportsmanlike penalty for spinning the ball after the catch pushed them back.
Then back-to-back sacks from CSU (Mohamed Kamara and then Scott Patchan) push Wyoming back to CSU’s 38 for a third and 26.
Wyoming then fumbled on an attempted punt and turned the ball over on downs at its own 48. CSU went from being on its heels to being in great shape to open this second half, as the Rams still lead 24-14 with 11:37 remaining in the 3rd quarter.
Wyoming gets the ball to start the second-half. First down at own 25 after kick return.
It’ll be Wyoming ball, as the Rams will kickoff to begin the third quarter.
After two quarters, Wyoming has 244 total yards of offense to 218 for CSU but two turnovers led directly to 14 points for the Rams.
CSU QB Patrick O’Brien is 11-16 for 161 yards and a touchdown. Dante Wright has five catches for 98 yards and Trey McBride has four for 52 and a TD.
Xazavian Valladay has 74 rush yards for the Cowboys.
Wyoming answers CSU’s touchdown with a 2-yard rushing TD from Xazavian Valladay. Wyoming cuts CSU’s lead to 24-14 with 2:34 left in the first half.
A 56-yard pass from Levi Williams to Loveland High School grad Ayden Eberhardt set up the score.
Eberhardt’s sister, Lexi, is on the CSU women’s basketball team.
Someone saw this coming!
The 17-point first-half lead for Colorado State might be stunning to some (er, most) but at least one saw it coming!
All hail super fan Kevin Kuhnen.
CSU football grows the lead
This, so far, is looking unlike any of the last four Border War games.
A 1-yard QB sneak touchdown from Patrick O’Brien has the Rams up a shocking 24-7 with 5:38 left in the first half.
The big play on the drive was a 28-yard pass to Dante Wright, and the sophomore speedster already has 98 receiving yards.
It was a 9-play, 75-yard drive in 3:19. A perfect response by CSU after Wyoming’s scoring march.
In a week where many Americans have spent a lot of time staring at a map of the United States, at least one has learned something new.
Colorado and Wyoming, indeed, share a border.
Was that in doubt?
Wyoming strikes back with a 13-yard TD run from Trey Smith.
It was a drive of big plays, with a 33-yard pass from Levi Williams to Isaiah Neyor and a 21-yard Xazavian Valladay run before the score.
CSU lead is 17-7 with 8:57 left in the half. It was a 6-play, 81-yard drive that took just 2:56.
Freshman Robert Liss hits a 29-yard field goal for Colorado State to move the lead over Wyoming to 17-0 with 11:58 left in the first half.
CSU drives inside the 10 of Wyoming with a third-and-goal from the 7 but a sack of Patrick O’Brien ends the drive.
A 15-yard pass to Wright on 3rd and 13 helped push the Rams into the redzone.
It was a nearly perfect first quarter for the CSU football team, who forced a couple turnovers and cashed both in for touchdowns.
Rams lead Wyoming 14-0 to start the second quarter.
The Rams keep moving it downfield on offense too, and it’ll be CSU ball at the Wyoming 22 after a 30-yard run by A’Jon Vivens to end the quarter.
What a great first quarter for the CSU defense. Wyoming goes three-and-out after CSU’s missed field goal and then punts it away.
CSU ball at its own 28 late in the first quarter.
A 42-yard pass from Patrick O’Brien to Dante Wright put CSU in position to score, but back-to-back sacks pushed the Rams back.
True freshman Robert Liss attempted a 45-yard field goal but missed wide right.
CSU lead is still 14-0 with 2:07 left in the first quarter.
Wyoming drove down to CSU’s 33, but was stuffed on a 4th and 3 when Dequan Jackson shut down a rushing play in the backfield for a loss of 3 yards.
What a start for the Rams. CSU ball at its own 36 with 5:56 left in the first quarter and Rams up 14-0 on Wyoming.
First play after the fumble and Patrick O’Brien hits a wide-open Trey McBride for a 29-yard touchdown. Where has this Rams team been?
CSU leads Wyoming 14-0 with 9:13 left in the first quarter.
Where did this CSU defense come from?? Marshaun Cameron is having a heck of a game. On a 3rd and 12 on Wyoming’s second drive the DB blitzes, gets a sack and forces a fumble that Manny Jones recovered.
CSU ball at Wyoming’s 29.
On a third-and-long during Wyoming’s first drive, it’s the Rams who score. Cornerback Marshaun Cameron left his man after reading QB Livei Williams, jumping the route to make an interception.
He returned the ball 30 yards for a touchdown to put CSU up 7-0 with 12:03 left in the first quarter.
CSU punts on first drive
The CSU football team earned one first down on the opening drive of the game, but stalled near midfield and had to punt.
Wyoming’s first drive will begin at its own 25 after a touchback.
CSU football still entered the field to an impressive hype video, music blaring and strobe lights flashing…it’s just a weird feeling with no fan noise following.
There are roughly three dozen people standing outside the gates to the north of Canvas Stadium.
A few also brought chairs and tents to watch the game through the gates or on the big Canvas Stadium screen.
The Boot is sitting in the northeast corner of Canvas Stadium, near where the band would normally be.
No band for this game, but there are cheerleaders stationed in the band area.
It’s safe to say that Patrick O’Brien will start at quarterback for Colorado State. The senior QB who was benched in favor of Temple transfer Todd Centeio last week is taking all pregame snaps with the No. 1 offense.
Receivers Dante Wright and Ty McCullouch both missed last week’s game due to coronavirus contact tracing protocols. Both are suited up and will play tonight.
It’s not in the stands, but some fans set up camp almost two hours before the game just outside Canvas Stadium to try and catch a peek and to watch on the jumbotron.
Colorado State football’s rivalry woes
The numbers are stunning every time you see them.
Twelve times in the last four seasons the CSU football team has played one of its three Front Range rivals and twelve times the Rams have lost.
That’s four full seasons in a row without a win against the three teams CSU has a traveling trophy battle against — Air Force, Colorado and Wyoming.
The last rivalry win for the Rams was almost exactly five years ago when CSU beat Wyoming 26-7 on Nov. 7, 2015.
Pre-game Border War reading
Here’s some content to keep you busy until we get to kickoff.
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CSU football mailbag: Does Addazio get a pass this season? Who fits best at QB?
Wyoming at Colorado State football: What you need to know about the Border War
The Colorado State football team against the Wyoming football team. A rivalry more than 100 years old.
The Battle for the Bronze Boot takes place Thursday night (7 p.m., CBS Sports Network) in a nearly empty Canvas Stadium in Fort Collins.
Wyoming (1-1, 1-1 Mountain West) has won the rivalry game four times in a row. Can CSU (0-1, 0-1 MW) break the streak?
The Coloradoan team will be at Canvas Stadium covering the game, so follow along here for live updates throughout the night.
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