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How Low Can C.S.U. Go?

Pete Thomas has shown flashes, but it hasn't been enough for the Rams.

Colorado State’s 11-game losing streak has reached 12, with the latest loss perhaps the most embarrassing of the bunch. Yes, there’s that narrow loss to New Mexico a year ago — we can’t forget that.

That loss, however, pales in comparison to what we saw yesterday: Miami (Ohio) 31, Colorado State 10. Late last week, I wrote this when discussing Colorado State’s chances at breaking its losing streak:

This Saturday presents one of Colorado State’s best opportunities at breaking this 11-game losing streak: the Rams travel to Miami (Ohio), a similarly proud program entering a significant lull under a new head coach.

Now, Miami is a rejuvenated bunch, winners of two straight after finishing 1-11 in Mike Haywood’s debut season. Still, come on… this isn’t a great team; not even a very good team, though I’m happy to see this proud program back above .500 after a troubling period of ineptitude. Even with the 2-1 start, the RedHawks are 5-22 since the start of the 2008 season.

Well, that’s not good. Last night’s numbers, if you can believe it, look far worse: four turnovers, 7 penalties for 60 yards, 1 yard rushing on 21 attempts. Yes, a single yard rushing on 21 attempts. You’d say most of the negative yardage came from quarterback Pete Thomas, who due to sacks had -16 yards rushing on seven attempts; then you’d see that Raymond Carter, C.S.U.’s lead back — for lack of a better word — carried the ball 10 times for a whopping seven yards.

As a slight aside, kudos to Kelly Lyell of The Coloradoan, the Fort Collins newspaper, who predicted a similar outcome: he said Miami (Ohio) 31, Rams 20 — that’s close enough.

Welcome to rock bottom, Colorado State. The Rams have some nice pieces — Thomas, for example, looks like a player — but as this rate, Steve Fairchild won’t be around long enough to enjoy them.

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  1. John Irons says:

    I saw Fairchild come in with so much enthusiasm, a home grown love for the school, and a lot of positive energy – but I think he’s done. The fans in Ft. Collins deserve better.

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