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TIGERS ROAD TO THE BIG DANCE
NORTH CAROLINA STATE W 30-20@MISSISSIPPI STATE W 42-13SOUTH CAROLINA W 31-9@UTAH (DMAN) W 37-7#10 FLORIDA W 38-14@KENTUCKY W 63-44AUBURN W 53-14@ #3 ALABAMA W 34-27@OLE MISSISSIPPI W 45-28#14 ARKANSAS W 48-23MARSHALL W 31-0#10 FLORIDA (CCG) W 35-28
RAMS ROAD TO THE BIG DANCE
COLORADO W 27-11@SAN DIEGO STATE (OSHIO) W 37-7#21 WISCONSIN W 13-0@ #7 AIR FORCE (MNOFFKE) W 23-20@CALIFORNIA W 23-0#17 BOISE STATE W 38-17TEXAS CHRISTIAN (BAKERWILDCAT) W 38-22@UTAH (DMAN) W 61-7BRIGHAM YOUNG (FUZZY) W 48-7NEVADA LAS VEGAS (UCWILDCAT) W 34-31NEW MEXICO (JASONKAPONO) W 14-12@ #18 WYOMING (COUGARS) W 49-24
THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP - ON PAPER
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NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME PREVIEW
This National Championship Game has many intriguing aspects that will get any college football fan's blood pumping with excitement. The biggest story has to be Colorado State finally getting the Mountain West Conference over the giant hurdle of getting a team from the conference into the big dance. Experts tabbed it as impossible, many said it would be a miracle if it ever happened, but Coach IrishBearcat and his squad hung in there and just did their part on the field. They were kindly rewarded for their efforts!
The LSU Tigers have had a phenomenal season as well. The South Eastern Conference has been touted as the toughest in college football for much of the past two decades. Knocking off Florida twice, Alabama on the road, and Arkansas is about as impressive of a resume as anyone can muster from this season. The offense is dynamic with a Heisman Winning TE leading the Tigers high-powered offense. Some are not only calling him the best at his position in the history of college football, but perhaps one of the best players to play the game. The attention reminds me of what Reggie Bush received back in 2004/2005, but this is coming from a Tight End! I guess 20 receiving touchdowns will get any offensive weapon that type of attention.
The Tigers definitely have the talent advantage, but I would give the discipline and execution edge to Colorado State. LSU has shown times were they were can be vulnerable when they don't show up early. It'll be interesting to see if the top defense in college football can stand up to the arguably the top offense in college football.
Ultimately, I like the Rams' chances to win not only their first National Title, but the conference's first National Title. It should be one for the ages!
PREDICTION: CSU 28 LSU 24
Kickoff for the game will occur tomorrow afternoon. I will post the official kickoff time around noon EST tmr for any of my many fans that are interested in watching the scoreboard
About to post kickoff time..
Kicking off around 4:30 PM EST. CANT WAIT
Good Luck to the Rams!!
COLORADO STATE BRINGS HOME NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
The anticipation was immense, and the intensity was felt as soon as the ball kicked off. Colorado State's defense stuffed LSU on the first drive of the game and forced a punt. Orlando Ward came out firing three straight passes, with WR Patrick Lambdin catching a curl pattern to move the chains for the first time in the big dance. LSU's defense stiffened and forced a punt at midfield. LSU would punt again, but the Rams suffered two devastating injuries on the drive. QB Orlando Ward was knocked out of the game with an injury that would take 3 weeks to heal from. Leading WR Ryan Henderson was knocked out for the game in the first quarter. LSU took advantage and marched down the field, with RB R. Jackson rushing for a 1 yard touchdown on 3rd and goal to put the first points of the National Championship on the scoreboard.
Backup quarterback Austin Pittman entered the game and was impressive with his poise. He started 9 games the previous season and won the Rams their first MWC Championship in quite some time. He move the chains and got the Rams into field goal range. He would be sacked on third down and CSU settled for a field goal. The Rams cut the deficit to 4 with a Danny Fitzpatrick field goal. The CSU defense forced a stop, but then Austin Pittman would take a devastating hit the next drive and was knocked out. The crowd gasped but luckily his injury would only need a quarter to heal. Third string quarterback John Ross entered the game and answered the call. He drove CSU down to the 3 yard line, but with no timeouts they would have to rush the field goal team quickly. CSU trailed at half 6-7.
The Rams got the ball to open the half. Pittman returned to the game and sparked the offense with a 56 yard run that almost went for six. He was tackled at the 11 yard line and the Rose Bowl was buzzing. Runningback Adam Robertson would eventually give the Rams their first lead of the day with a 2 yard touchdown run. CSU led 13-7. Colorado State's defense was picking up steam and really stuffing an offense with Heisman winning TE Joe Baker (1334 rec yards, 20 TDs) and Heisman runner-up QB James Campbell (3863 yards, 42 TDs, 5 INT) that many claimed to be unstoppable. They forced another punt. The first play of the next drive Pittman hit WR Erik Barnes on a corner pattern for a 76 yard gain that go the offense down to the 4 yard line. With 2:16 left in the third backup RB Phillip Holley rushed for a 4 yard touchdown giving the Rams a 20-7 lead.
It was now or never for the Tigers. They started to get the offense going down the field but were forced into a 4th down situation. QB Campbell hit a wide open WR but big hit forced him to drop the ball. The stadium exploded as Colorado State was now up 13 points, with the ball, and 5 minutes away from claiming not only their own, but the MWC's, first ever National Championship. Pittman orchestrated another good drive that led them into field goal range. Danny Fitzpatrick added his third field goal on the day to give them a 23-7 lead. The LSU offense wouldn't score another point, and Colorado State defied the odds by winning a National Championship in conference many believed would never even get the opportunity to prove it on the field.
FEELS DAMN GOOD TO BE A NATIONAL CHAMPION!!!
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