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Colorado State scores 11 points in final minute to stun Washington State in New Mexico Bowl

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Too many bowl games? Tell that to Colorado State fans.

Colorado State (8-6, 5-3 MWC) took advantage of some late miscues by Washington State (6-7, 4-5 Pac 12) to win the first bowl game of the season. Kapri Bibbs pushed through for his third touchdown if the game to bring the Rams within two points of Washington State and an official review overturned a two-point conversion ruling to give Colorado State two more points to tie the game at 45-45 in the final minute of the fourth quarter. A fumbled kickoff return set the Rams up for a game winning field goal as time expired for a wild 48-45 victory.

Washington State coughed away a late lead in the game at a time when Colorado State had no timeouts to stop the clock with two minutes to play. One lost fumble was overturned following a lengthy review determining Halliday had been down before losing the football. But a handoff on the very next play saw Colorado State rip the football away from the running back to have one final chance to tie the game up. The Rams took advantage with Bibbs pushing in for the touchdown, his third of the game.

The first quarter of this one had a little bit of everything. In the first 40 seconds in to the game both teams had turned the football over. Halliday got in to a bit of a shouting match with Colorado State defensive line coach Greg Lupfer after tossing the game’s first touchdown of the afternoon. The Rams got off to a poor start and Washington State took advantage with great starting field position set up by a blocked punt in the end zone allowing Washington State to score an easy touchdown for a quick 14-0 lead. The Cougars took a 35-23 lead in to the half.

Colorado State’s Bibbs rushed for his 30th touchdown of the season in the third quarter to cut the Washington State lead to 38-30. With the touchdown run Bibbs joined some elite company in college football history by becoming the third running back to rush for 30 touchdowns in a single season. He joins former Wisconsin running back Montee Ball and former Heisman Trophy winner from Oklahoma State Barry Sanders. Bibbs ended the game with a game-high 169 rushing yards and three touchdowns. He became the first FBS player to rush for three touchdowns in a game eight different times in a season as well.

Where Washington State goes from here should be fun to follow. Mike Leach‘s team ends on a low note but has a bright future ahead of them. Washington State was a young team this season. On the depth chart for this bowl game the first team offense and defense had eight seniors, so there will be some holes to fill, most notably on the offensive line and in the secondary. Leach was always expected to be capable of turning things around for Washington State the way he did at Texas Tech. This season showed they still have a long way to go before being able to challenge the likes of Stanford and Oregon for Pac 12 North bragging rights, and with Chris Petersen taking over at rival Washington the challenges may only get tougher in the future, but the Cougars have now come close to the thrill of postseason victory, and that can do a lot to continue building on a foundation.

And let us not overlook what Jim McElwain has done with Colorado State since taking over as head coach. Just as Leach has created an identity for Washington State’s turnaround, McElwain is bringing a bit of a Nick Saban-esque toughness to the program and the signs of progress are showing. In just his second year in the job, McElwain coached the Rams to a winning regular season and is in a conference where competing for a championship is not a far-fetched idea if things continue to develop.

Washington State opens the 2014 season in Seattle’s Century Link Field against Rutgers, who will be making their debut as a member of the Big Ten. The Cougars also get homes games against Oregon, USC and Washington.

Colorado State’s 2014 will begin in Denver against rival Colorado along with a home game against Tulsa.

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17 Responses to “Colorado State scores 11 points in final minute to stun Washington State in New Mexico Bowl”
  1. scoops1 says: Dec 21, 2013 6:26 PM

    2nd year in a row New Mexico Bowl has a great finish

  2. madtownthrowdown says: Dec 21, 2013 6:43 PM

    It’s spelled C-O-L-O-R-A-D-O not Colroado.

  3. longtallsam says: Dec 21, 2013 6:48 PM

    “…but the Cougars have now tasted the thrill of postseason victory…”

    Hmm…I thought Colorado State won the game??

  4. longtallsam says: Dec 21, 2013 7:05 PM

    This is one of the most poorly written articles I have seen on PFT, and that says a lot. Besides the above mentioned snafu, I reread the first paragraph, and I am still trying to figure out if there really was an overtime. Kevin first says Colorado State takes advantage of miscues to force overtime, but two sentences later he says they kick the game winning field goal as time expired. Which was it?

  5. thefiesty1 says: Dec 21, 2013 7:19 PM

    Only because Leach refuses to run the ball and run out the clock. But, I guess he knows best.

  6. beastmode5150 says: Dec 21, 2013 7:37 PM

    Oh cougs, you silly bastards…

  7. mophatici says: Dec 21, 2013 7:40 PM

    Up by 15, the WSU band gets classy and plays f–k you by cee-lo. I guess karma paid them back for that one. despite the cold, that was a heck of a game.

  8. ratsfoiledagain says: Dec 21, 2013 8:16 PM

    longtallsam says:
    Dec 21, 2013 7:05 PM
    This is one of the most poorly written articles I have seen on PFT, and that says a lot. Besides the above mentioned snafu, I reread the first paragraph, and I am still trying to figure out if there really was an overtime. Kevin first says Colorado State takes advantage of miscues to force overtime, but two sentences later he says they kick the game winning field goal as time expired. Which was it?
    *****
    The author of the article must be a WSU grad. Because the way it this article was written, and how the game ended, is the most pure definition of:

    Coug’n it!

  9. seattlecvd says: Dec 21, 2013 8:30 PM

    On the shouting match…you decide…

    http://deadspin.com/is-this-colorado-state-coach-calling-the-wsu-qb-a-fuck-1487838727

  10. jkaflagg says: Dec 21, 2013 8:39 PM

    Classic snatch defeat from the jaws of victory game…..total meltdown by both WSU players and coaching staff. The TV guys kept prattling on about how WSU “have to be who they are”, i.e. throw the ball just about every play…when you ignore simple logic and refuse to run out the clock with a lead, who you are becomes a loser…..

  11. Kevin McGuire says: Dec 21, 2013 9:13 PM

    Hey guys. My apologies for earlier. The article posted before I was done rewriting and editing, so I was doing a lot of editing as quickly as possible on the go.

  12. polegojim says: Dec 21, 2013 9:41 PM

    Thanks Kevin… nicely edited.

    Great CSU Victory… wow… I had to eat my words just 1.5 minutes earlier…

    Go RAMS!

  13. trippinthecripple says: Dec 22, 2013 4:53 AM

    Used to be a Cougar fan. But between Leach being a d-bag and the AD saying fans and alum who spoke ill of the Cougars (including letters to the AD’s office) would not be allowed to purchase game tickets or bowl tickets or some crap.
    Either way: Brilliant!
    Wazzu, your karma sucks.
    Go Vandals! Go Dawgs!

  14. ibreathefootball says: Dec 22, 2013 8:07 AM

    Mike Leach needs FIRED! My grandma can coach better than this chump. Throwing the ball with 4min left in the game, up by 15. That’s what you get Mike Leach. A BIG FAT LOSS AS USUAL!!!

  15. goodfieldnohit says: Dec 22, 2013 10:28 AM

    Did any of you guys actually WATCH the game?

    Washington State lost the game because they fumbled 3 times on RUNNING PLAYS and a kickoff return.

  16. lamontjoe says: Dec 22, 2013 11:49 AM

    Washington State’s loss was the biggest choke job since ………..The Cowboys loss to Packers last Sunday. Really, I couldn’t believe how they gave the game away. Pretty pathetic.

  17. tigersfandan says: Dec 22, 2013 2:55 PM

    longtallsam says: Dec 21, 2013 7:05 PM

    This is one of the most poorly written articles I have seen on PFT, and that says a lot. Besides the above mentioned snafu, I reread the first paragraph, and I am still trying to figure out if there really was an overtime. Kevin first says Colorado State takes advantage of miscues to force overtime, but two sentences later he says they kick the game winning field goal as time expired. Which was it?
    __________________________________

    This is CFT. Kind of ironic that you made that mistake.

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