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CSU scores overtime victory at Utah State

September 24, 2011
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photo - Colorado State's Crockett Gillmore (10) hauls in a pass from Pete Thomas during Saturday night's football game at Utah State Photo by AP PHOTO
Colorado State's Crockett Gillmore (10) hauls in a pass from Pete Thomas during Saturday night's football game at Utah State Photo by AP PHOTO 

LOGAN, Utah — 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.

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 (85 rushing yards, 24 carries) then made a 7-yard run, followed by a 1-yard plunge to bring the score to 21-19. After a penalty, Gilmore caught the conversion pass from Thomas.

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.

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