The Cougars struck hard and fast. 10 minutes into the game the Washington State University Cougars already had 21 points on the board. The Colorado State Rams were getting abused, they looked so lost and helpless. They were frustrated they couldn’t move the ball, and looked even more scared about giving the ball back to the dominant Cougar offense. Somehow it all unraveled in the 2nd half and the Cougs couldn’t choke up the win fast enough. Up by 15 with just under 3 minutes to go the Cougars let up a score. Now we have the ball with 2 and a half minutes or so and are up by 8. Then all hell broke loose. The Cougs fumbled the ball away and luckily upon review the fumble was overturned… whew, close call, lets carry on. Bam, next freaking play we fumble again. Just over 2 minutes left, 8 point lead, and we are gonna need the defense to make a stand and bring home WSU’s first bowl victory in 10 years. Well damn, the defense lets them go right down the field and score. But the Rams still have to go for 2 to tie it up. They pull the Boise State ‘Statue of Liberty’ play and the running back dives but comes up just short, knocks over the pylon but is out-of-bounds. But wait… the play is reviewed and overturned! Tie game. By this point we all know what is going to happen before it does. The Cougars proceeded to fumble away the next kick off, giving Colorado State the ball back again, within field goal range, and 30 seconds left. The inevitable happens and Colorado State kicks a field goal as time expires. Cougs lose 48-45 after surrendering 18 unanswered points in the games final 3 minutes.
As expected, this game did not lack excitement or offense. Colorado State RB Kapri Bibbs was as advertised, touchdown eating beast. Bibbs ran for 169 yards and 3 TD’s. The other offense did not disappoint either. Connor Halliday lit up the New Mexico skies with 411 yards and a bowl record 6 passing touchdowns. Halliday, as he has done all season, got everyone involved by completing a pass to an astonishing 10 different receivers. Even all 6 of his TD strikes hit 6 different targets. Colorado State fans would probably tell you that was one of the best games in school history… but all I can tell you is we Coug’d it.
- Cougars Are Going Bowling! (nwsportsjunkies.com)
- New Mexico Bowl 2013 final score: Rams beat Cougars on dramatic comeback win, 48-45 (sbnation.com)
- Washington State collapses, loses New Mexico Bowl, 48-45 (seattletimes.com)
- Washington State blows 18-point lead in final three minutes of loss to Colorado State (sacbee.com)
- Recap: Colorado State 48, Washington State 45 (wyff4.com)