PULLMAN, Wash. — Things went sideways virtually instantly on this one.
The Colorado State football team obtained the opening kick and the drive ended with a sack, which was the seventeenth allowed on the younger Rams’ season.
A shanked 26-yard punt adopted and 4 performs later, Washington State was in the long run zone.
That set the tone as Washington State shortly ripped by way of the Rams on the best way to a 38-7 win.
Here are three takeaways from the sport as CSU falls to 0-3.
CSU protection picked aside
The level totals allowed within the first two weeks weren’t good, however CSU’s protection typically performed higher than scores would recommend after being put in some poor positions.
The offense hampered the protection at instances once more Saturday however this time there was little optimistic from the protection within the first half as they have been picked aside by Cameron Ward and the Washington State (3-0) offense.
The Cougars ripped by way of the Rams with touchdowns on their first 4 drives. The first three landing drives have been 5 performs or fewer because the Rams supplied little resistance.
Ward was 16-of-21 for 174 yards and people 4 touchdowns by halftime and the sport was functionally over by that time. Washington State compiled 255 yards of offense within the first half-hour.
There have been just a few small positives (CJ Onyechi forcing a fumble recovered by Cam’Ron Carter and Mo Kamara persevering with to be a backfield terror) however the general protection could not maintain CSU within the recreation early.
Similar to final week the protection was sturdy within the second half, however a few of that was right down to Washington State not needing to hunt factors.
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Slow begins proceed to hang-out
Yes, the circumstances (corresponding to taking part in at Michigan) do dictate a few of the math, however CSU should repair its poor begin downside.
The Rams aren’t giving them an opportunity to be aggressive due to horrible begins to video games.
The “closest” CSU has been at halftime was a 23-0 gap at Michigan. On common, the Rams are giving up 26 factors within the first half and have but to attain a single first-half level.
CSU is averaging 2.9 yards per play in first quarters whereas opponents are averaging 7.6 yards per play and have outscored CSU 41-0 within the first quarter-hour by way of 3 video games.
It would not matter who you are taking part in, it is robust to beat anybody digging holes that deep.
A fourth-quarter TD move from Clay Millen to true freshman Justus Ross-Simmons was a small vibrant spot for CSU. Ross-Simmons noticed extra snaps on this one than he has in earlier weeks and caught his first move of the season earlier within the recreation.
Is there a reset button on this factor?
There are a number of truths in play proper now. It’s true that it is a large rebuild and a few rising pains ought to have been anticipated. It’s additionally true that these first three weeks have been uglier than virtually anybody would have anticipated.
It has highlighted how poor of form this system is in and the way far there may be to go to any good stage of success.
The excellent news: in some methods, the schedule turns extra favorable now. The Rams are again residence subsequent week in opposition to an FCS team, nevertheless it’s an excellent one in Sacramento State. Still, CSU wants to have the ability to win at residence in opposition to FCS groups.
After that’s what will likely be a much-needed bye week, earlier than video games in opposition to Nevada, Hawaii and Utah State. All these groups are having critical struggles of their very own. Of course, they’re all CSU as an opportunity to get themselves on monitor.
As these first three video games have proven there aren’t any ensures of success there, however an opportunity for CSU to enhance. If the following three appear to be the final three, then there’s actually loads to fret about.
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