October 13, 2010
By Tony Phifer
The Colorado State University football team heads into the second half of the season looking for first conference win.
The Colorado State University Rams look to stage a happy Homecoming at noon Saturday when they host Mountain West Conference rival UNLV at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium.
Third-year coach Steve Fairchild leads the Rams against UNLV in Saturday's Homecoming game.
The Rams (1-5, 0-2 MWC) will be facing a team with a losing record for the first time this season. CSU’s opponents in the first half of the season have a combined 26-8 record and include three teams ranked in the Top 25: No. 4 TCU, No. 19 Nevada, and No. 23 Air Force.
Like CSU, UNLV (1-5, 1-1) has played a very challenging schedule that includes four teams currently ranked in the Top 25: No. 11 Utah, No. 18 Wisconsin, No. 19 Nevada and No. 25 West Virginia. The Rams, though, have had great success against the Rebels in the past, owning a 12-5-1 advantage in the series, including wins in six of the past seven games at Hughes Stadium.
Third-year coach Steve Fairchild's Rams will be looking to carry over some of the offensive momentum they gained in last week’s loss to Air Force. CSU finally got its ground game on track, with senior Leonard Mason rushing for a career-high 139 yards and helping the Rams amass 427 total yards. Quarterback Pete Thomas threw his fifth touchdown pass of the season and has 1,333 passing yards, already breaking the CSU freshman mark of 1,204 yards held by current Chicago Bears backup Caleb Hanie.
Of course, the Rams will be hoping for a little Homecoming magic as well as they attempt to snap their 10-game conference losing streak. The Rams are 11-6 in Homecoming games since 1993 and have won nine of their past 13.
Fans will be treated to a halftime performance featuring Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and the CSU marching band. Big Bad Vodoo Daddy, a popular contemporary swing band from California, will play Saturday night at the Lory Student Center. The show includes Bop Skizzum and the CSU Idol finale.
Tickets for the game are available online, at the McGraw Athletic Center ticket office or by calling 491-RAMS.