Preston Williams

Associated Press

Hail no: Colorado State has game-winning TD negated by penalty

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The game of college football can be the cruelest of mistresses.  Case in point: Colorado State.

After taking a 24-23 lead with 1:36 left in the game, CSU watched as No. 23 Utah State scored a touchdown less than a minute later that, with a failed two-point conversion, gave the Aggies a 29-24 edge with just :43 remaining.  Four plays into the ensuing possession, the Rams had moved to the Aggies’ 34-yard line with one last shot at the end zone.

Miraculously, Collin Hill‘s Hail Mary found the arms of teammate Preston Williams (pictured) with no time left on the clock to give the homestanding Rams the win as fans stormed the field in Fort Collins.

Unfortunately for the Rams, Williams was penalized for illegal touching as he went out of bounds on his own and was then the first to touch the ball, negating the game-winning touchdown and handing the victory to the visiting Aggies.

Utah State improved to 10-1 overall and 7-0 in Mountain West play.  They will face Boise State (9-2, 6-1) on the Blue Turf next Saturday night, with the winner claiming the Mountain division title and a spot in the conference championship game.

Colorado State, which entered this season riding a five-game bowl appearance streak, dropped to 3-8 with the loss. A loss to Air Force Thanksgiving Day afternoon would give CSU its worst record since going 3-9 in 2011.