FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) -- Caleb Hanie has wilted under the
pressure in two of his three previous starts since taking over as
the starting quarterback. Not Saturday. The Colorado State
quarterback looked cool, calm and collected.
"I figured I had learned my lesson the last couple of weeks
with the fumbles and balls thrown into coverage," said Hanie, who
had thrown six interceptions before taking over for Justin Holland.
"I was feeling really comfortable."
Hanie threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third as Colorado
State ended a two-game losing streak with a 45-10 victory over
A true freshman, Hanie completed 12-of-16 passes for 211 yards
and ran for 29 yards. Colorado State (4-6, 3-3 Mountain West
Conference) scored 24 points in the first quarter in beating UNLV
for the sixth time in seven meetings.
"Getting a big lead took the pressure off in play calling, and
you can be more aggressive when you are up," Hanie said. "It
helped a lot to take the pressure off of me and the receivers and
backs. Especially the coaches."
Colorado State coach Sonny Lubick agreed. "The good thing is we
got off to a good start. We came out and played hard."
The Rams scored on three of its four possessions and added a
defensive score to lead 24-0 after one quarter. Following a 10-yard
punt by Gary Cook, Hanie found Joel Dreessen alone on a post
pattern for a 34-yard touchdown pass.
Colorado State used a trick play to complete a 10-play, 86-yard
drive on its next possession. Hanie ran for 26 yards on the drive
to set up a 34-yard touchdown pass from wide receiver David
Anderson to Dustin Osborn.
"The guys were teasing me that it was kind of a "duck," but
John Elway throws ducks," Anderson said. "If it's a touchdown, it
doesn't matter. Osborn made the catch to make me look good."
Jeff Babcock kicked a 38-yard field goal and Brandon Cathy
returned Dominique Dorsey's fumble 26 yards with 2:31 left to make
"We didn't play with much energy and it was one-sided early,"
Rebels coach John Robinson said. "Colorado State looked sharp and
UNLV got a 22-yard field goal from Sergio Aguayo with 9:24 left
in the second quarter.
Colorado State scored touchdowns on a 25-yard pass from Hanie to
Kory Sperry and on Jimmy Green's 8-yard run and to lead 38-3 at
Hanie ran a quarterback draw for a 9-yard touchdown with 10:15
left in the third quarter. Shane Steichen scored UNLV lone
touchdown on a 9-yard run early in the fourth quarter.
Ervin Johnson caught three passes for 21 yards to extend his
streak of 40 consecutive games with a catch for UNLV (2-8, 1-5).
The Rebels, losers of four straight have given up 161 points in
their last three games.
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