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Colorado State Blown Out in Embarrassing Loss To South Dakota

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The Colorado State Rams entered the 2021 college football season with plenty of hope and optimism, but both of those feelings went away quickly on Friday night.

What transpired on the field in a blowout loss to South Dakota State has the CSU players and coaching staff searching for answers.

South Dakota State is one of the best teams in the Football Championship Series, but they aren’t supposed to win games on the road against an FBS opponent. Colorado State paid the SDSU program nearly $500,000 to play this game, and they were repaid with an embarrassing defeat.

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The final score of the game says that South Dakota State won by a score of 42-23, but the action on the field wasn’t even that close. The stadium started to empty out well before the final buzzer sounded, and the Rams were blown out in front of a national television audience.

Steve Addazio is the new head football coach at Colorado State, and he made some big promises in advance of the season opener. The defense was supposed to lead the way for the Rams, but they gave up nearly seven yards per carry.

Colorado State entered the locker room at halftime, trailing 21-10, and the Rams didn’t exactly come out firing in the second half. The score got all the way up to 35-10 at one point in the third quarter, and there might as well have been a running clock in the fourth quarter.

Quarterback Todd Centeio was the lone bright spot for Colorado State as he threw for 304 yards and one touchdown in the loss. The offense wasn’t the problem for the Rams, and they have to find a way to get stops moving forward.

This has been a rough stretch for the Colorado State football program over the past few years, and it looks like it is going to be another wasted season.

Buffaloes Take Care of Business

It was a much different story for the Colorado Buffaloes as they took care of business against a much weaker opponent. Colorado picked up a 35-7 win over Northern Colorado on Friday night in a game that was decided pretty early on.

It’s hard to tell what to make of the Colorado football team this season as they weren’t really challenged by Northern Colorado. The Buffaloes will begin to face tough tests soon when the Pac-12 slate starts, but they did little wrong in the season opener.

Even though the final score on Friday night showed a blowout win for Colorado, the stats from the game paint a different picture. Colorado was able to jump out to a 21-0 lead in the second quarter and then simply controlled the game the rest of the way.

Brendon Lewis threw for just 105 yards on Friday night, and the Buffaloes are going to need a better passing attack as the season moves along. The defense was able to get stops when it needed to, but it wasn’t like they dominated Northern Colorado.

It was important for Colorado to start the season off with a win, but they are going to need to show improvement as the season moves along.

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