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Rams Beat Utah State In Double OT Thriller

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LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Chris Nwoke scored a touchdown in overtime and ran for another with less than a minute in regulation to push Colorado State past Utah State 35-34 on Saturday night.

USU (1-2) went for a two-point conversion after its second touchdown in overtime, but Robert Turbin was stopped by the Rams (3-1) on his running attempt.

Turbin had scored both of USU’s overtime TDs, including a 25-yard run. Crock Gilmore caught a 7-yard pass from Pete Thomas for CSU’s second overtime touchdown.

After losing yardage on a sack and a personal foul penalty, CSU punted with 2:17 to play. USU’s Eric Moats dropped the punt, his second fumble of a punt in the game, giving the Rams the ball on the 15-yard line. Nwoke then made a 7-yard run, followed by a 1-yard plunge to bring the score to 21-19.

Turbin had scored both of USU’s overtime TDs, including a 25-yard run. Nwoke ran for 85 yards in the game, on 24 attempts. Crock Gilmore caught a 7-yard pass from Pete Thomas for CSU’s second overtime touchdown.

The Rams trailed USU 21-13 with less than five minutes to play in the game.

After losing yardage on a sack and a personal foul penalty, CSU punted with 2:17 to play. USU’s Eric Moats dropped the punt, his second fumble of a punt in the game, giving the Rams the ball on the 15-yard line. Nwoke then made a 7-yard run, followed by a 1-yard plunge to bring the score to 21-19.

CSU was penalized for motion on the initial 2-point attempt to tie the game, but tight end Crock Gilmore caught Pete Thomas’s pass for the critical score and the tie.

Thomas passed for 100 yards, 14-of-26, and CSU had only 192 yards total offense in regulation. USU, however, had five fumbles in the game, four of which were lost.

In a defensive-dominated first half, USU lost possession on fumbles twice, giving CSU good field position. However, USU sacked Thomas three times for loss, as well as stopping a reverse by Lou Greenwood for a 15-yard loss and forced six punts in the half. CSU was also penalized four times compared to one time for the Aggies, who led 7-3 at halftime.

The Rams had the ball for 20:49 in the first half, but gained only 89 yards in total offense, scoring only on a 42-yard field goal with less than a minute to play in the half. USU had 376 total yards in the game, while CSU had 232.

USU scored on the first possession of the second quarter, a 14-yard scamper by Kerwin Williams, set up by a long run by Michael Smith.

Smith’s 51-yard run was his second run of the year longer than 50 yards.

Turbin ran for 115 yards and scored twice in the second half, giving him 27 career TDs, the fifth-best in Aggie history. CSU’s only score in the third quarter came when Shaquil Barrett returned a fumble in 15-yards for a score after Aggie Michael Smith dropped the ball.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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