FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) -- Quarterback Justin Holland expressed
relief in finally getting a win. It didn't matter against who or
what classification as Colorado State struggled in its worst start
under coach Sonny Lubick.
"We'd been waiting for a win for over three weeks," Holland
said. "We had to beat somebody."
Holland threw two touchdowns passes and Jeff Babcock kicked
three field goals to lead Colorado State to a 39-14 victory over
I-AA Montana State on Saturday.
"It felt great to get a decisive victory where we were
crunching at the end to get a victory," Holland said.
Colorado State had never started out 0-3 in the 11 previous
years under Sonny Lubick. But then the Rams had never opened a
season against Colorado, Southern California and Minnesota.
"Sometimes you have to be realistic in the teams you are
playing," Lubick said. "Still we played well at times and at
times not so well against a team that made us fight the whole
Holland, who had thrown eight interceptions in the first three
games, was 21-for-35 for 311 yards and only one interception. Dave
Osborn caught five passes for 101 yards.
Colorado State (1-3) was off to its worst start since opening
the 1987 season with six straight losses.
Montana State (1-2), ranked 21st in I-AA, suffered its 18th
consecutive loss to I-A opponents. The Bobcats had 308 yards of
total offense against a defense that had allowed 476 yards a game.
"Their experience against the three teams that beat them was
the reason they played so well," Montana State coach Mike Kramer
said. "They played within themselves and played the way they
needed to win."
"Of course you can't lose your starting cornerbacks early in
the season and expect your backups to play well against anybody,"
Kramer said. "Their receivers ran post routes, corner routes,
slant routes, stop routes, out routes and in routes."
Right cornerback Eddie Smith was lost for the season with a leg
injury while left cornerback Kory Austin was unavailable because of
a concussion suffered last Tuesday.
Quarterback Travis Lulay threw for 196 and two touchdowns and
ran for 66 yards.
Holland threw two touchdown passes in the last two minutes of
the first half as Colorado built a 27-7 lead.
Halfback Joel Dreessen made a one-handed catch in the end zone
on a 10-yard pass from Holland with 1:58 left made it 20-7.
The Rams got the ball back at the Montana State 38 with 45
seconds remaining after Adam Lancisero blocked Lulay's punt. Four
plays later Holland connected with David Anderson on a 12-yard
Earlier in the half, Colorado State's Uldis Jaunarajs, who had
79 yards rushing, capped an 80-yard drive with a 1-yard dive for a
Babcock booted field goals of 34 and 35 yards in the first half.
Brandon Cathy set up the second field goal returning an
interception 19 yards to the Bobcat 15.
The field goal woke up the Montana State offense.
Lulay had a second quarter quickly connected with Chaz Guinn on
a 16-yard TD pass with 3:35 and again in the second half on a
5-yard touchdown pass.
Moments later Tristian Walker had a 3-yard TD run for Colorado
State and Babcock later kicked a 30 yard field goal early in the