(Saturday, October 25th)
Final Score: Colorado State 38, San Diego State 34
San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Billy Farris threw for three touchdowns as the Colorado State Rams slipped by the San Diego State Aztecs, 38-34, in Mountain West Conference action at Qualcomm Stadium.
Farris converted 25-of-34 passing for 296 yards for the Rams (4-4, 2-2 MWC) as they snapped a two-game slide. Although he's a wideout, Dion Morton contributed a pair of rushing TDs and running back Gartrell Johnson rolled up a team-best 130 yards on 26 attempts.
The Aztecs (1-7, 0-4) were paced by Atiyyah Henderson who registered a career- best 177 yards on 25 carries and also scored a pair of touchdowns in the team's fourth consecutive setback. Ryan Lindley hit on 24-of-33 passing for 166 yards and a score, but was also picked off once.
The teams traded scores through the first half of the third quarter, beginning with a one-yard TD run by Henderson at the five-minute mark of the first frame to give the Aztecs an early 7-0 edge.
CSU's Jason Smith responded with a 43-yard field goal, but that was quickly answered with a 43-yard field goal by SDSU's Lane Yoshida.
Tying the score at 10-10 with 7:36 to play in the first half, Kory Sperry reeled in a 20-yard TD pass from Farris.
On the ensuing possession the home team eased ahead, 17-10, when Vincent Brown collected a 10-yard touchdown pass from Lindley. Brown posted a game-high 11 receptions, but they generated a mere 40 yards.
Morton scored the first of his two touchdowns on a 12-yard run to open the third for the Rams, bettering that effort with a 24-yard scamper later in the frame.
In between Davion Mauldin returned a kickoff 93 yards for a TD for the Aztecs, while Farris and Sperry combined again on a six-yard TD play. Sperry, who opened the fourth quarter with a nine-yard TD reception to give Colorado State a 38-31 advantage, finished the night with five catches for 61 yards.
Yoshida's 33-yard field goal with seven minutes to play in regulation drew the home team to within four points, but that's as close as the Aztecs would get in the setback.
Both teams ran off 67 offensive plays in the contest, but in the case of the Rams they managed to produce 507 yards, compared to just 392 yards for a slumping SDSU group.
10/26 02:31:12 ET