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November 19, 2011Colorado State true freshman Garrett Grayson performed admirably in place of an injured Pete Thomas last week against San Diego State, nearly leading the Rams to a comeback victory. This week, Grayson had the arduous task of making his first career start at TCU, which with a win, would claim another Mountain West crown in its final season before bolting for the Big 12.
The Horned Frogs (9-2, 6-0) did just that, winning 34-10 in Fort Worth to win at least a share of the conference title. With the loss, Colorado State dropped to 3-7 (1-4) on the season.
While CSU's offense failed to put many points on the scoreboard, it did have its fair share of bright moments.
Grayson proved why he was ranked the 22nd all-purpose quarterback by Rivals.com in the Class of 2010, passing for 244 yards and rushing for 53 more. His 66 yard touchdown toss across his body to a wide open Raymond Carter in the third quarter showcased not only his arm strength, but also his accuracy while on the run. While the score wasn't close, the Rams actually out gained the Horned Frogs 404 total yards to 369.
Grayson had several dropped passes that hindered his statistics, but his lone gaffe was an interception by TCU senior linebacker Tank Carder that was returned 69 yards for a touchdown, putting the Horned Frogs ahead 27-3, and out of reach for good.
The vaunted three-headed monster in TCU's offensive backfield proved to be too much for a Rams defense that, until late in the third quarter, had swarmed to TCU ball carriers all afternoon. Waymon James reached the century mark, while Matthew Tucker and Ed Wesley each had a score while combining for another 157 yards on the ground. In total, Texas Christian wore down the Rams defense with 252 yards rushing.
Chris Nwoke struggled to repeat the success he saw the previous two weeks, racking up only 60 yards on 21 carries, including a costly fumble on CSU's second drive of the game. Carter actually had CSU's biggest plays on offense, including a 20 yard run late to go along with two catches for 77 yards and Colorado State's lone touchdown.
Ram senior linebacker Mychal Sisson made his return to action for the first time since breaking his ankle in a week two win against Northern Colorado. Sisson played sparingly, but made his presence felt with a fourth quarter fumble recovery.
Colorado State is now officially out of bowl contention, and the Rams will return home to Fort Collins for their final two games of the season. CSU hosts Air Force on Saturday for a 4pm matchup at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium.
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