Rocky Mountain Showdown: Buffs Feast On Ram Stew

Ron JohnsonSenior Writer ISeptember 1, 2008

As I was heading to my wrestling show yesterday, I stopped over at a gas station to pick up some energy drinks.

I was in Fort Collins, which is home of Colorado State University. I got into a trash talking battle with the clerk and a woman who was decked out in Rams colors. The reason? I am a CU Fan. And yesterday was our Super Bowl.

And the Buffaloes proved me right on my boisterous behavior.

In the final game at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver between these two titans of college football, the Colorado Buffaloes unveiled their prized recruit, Darrell Scott, and Cody Hawkins did what he does best as the Buffs dished out some more punishment in a 38-17 victory over the rival Rams.

This game started out with much promise as both teams showed their "special" side with a pair of kickoffs returned for touchdowns. Cody Hawkins finished with 20-of-29 passes for 214 yards and a touchdown. Scott finished with 54 yards and a touchdown as well. But after the pair of kickoff returns, Colorado got the job done on both sides of the ball.

In front of almost 70,000 people in the House that Elway built, new Colorado State head coach Steve Fairchild never got his offense off the ground.

The Rams O went 2-for-12 on third downs, finished with only 258 yards of total offense and gave up five sacks to a hungry defense that made sure that Fairchild's debut, as well as the CSU fans, were full of tears and foot-in-mouth disease.

As for the Rams, Billy Farris went 27-of-37 for 187 yards, a touchdown and a pair of interceptions. With the exception of the touchdown return, the Colorado State Rams were beyond mediocre. If this is how life is after Sonny Lubick, the Rams are in for a long season. On the lighter side, the Rams won't have anything severe to be ready for until their September 27th date with California.

But Colorado State's weekend wasn't as bad as Michigan's. The Wolverines got shocked last season by Appalachian State in The Big House. In Rich Rodriguez's debut, the Mountain West Conference gave them something to think about as Utah shocked Michigan the Big House.

But back to what matters. Colorado celebrated its final game in Denver with a victory over their in-state rivals. Next season, the game goes back to their original backyards. Next year, CSU will be stuck in Folsom "Prison" Field.

Then in 2010, the Rams will host possibly the final game of the Rocky Mountain Rivalry. I say possibly because the Rams might not want to play anymore. But both sides got a month to decide if they want to do this after 2010.

For everyone's sake, let's hope that in 2011, we see the Buffs and Rams in Boulder.