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Colorado State 3-0 after 35-20 victory over Nevada

Sep 20, 2009 - 12:39 AM By PAT GRAHAM AP Sports Writer

FORT COLLINS, Colo.(AP) -- Grant Stucker accounted for three scores while wide receiver Dion Morton threw a touchdown pass and hauled in another, leading Colorado State to a 35-20 win over Nevada on Saturday.

The Rams are 3-0 for the first time in 15 years. They also moved to 6-0 against the Wolf Pack (0-2) in Fort Collins.

Stucker ran for a 35-yard touchdown and threw for two more. He had a 32-yard strike to Zac Pauga and hit Morton on a 49-yard post route midway through the third quarter that broke open a close game.

Morton harkened back to his high school days as a quarterback in the first quarter, tossing a 25-yard strike to Eric Peitz on a gadget play. Morton took a lateral from Stucker and lofted it to a wide open Peitz.

It was Morton's second touchdown throw of the season.

John Mosure returned to Colorado State's backfield after sitting out last week's game with a head injury and rushed for 99 yards and a score.

The Rams took advantage of the error-prone Wolf Pack offense, intercepting two passes and recovering three fumbles. The miscues set up 28 of the Rams' points.

Vai Taua rushed for 95 yards, adding touchdown runs of 31 and 2 yards for Nevada. Brandon Wimberly had a 13-yard TD catch as time expired. He finished with seven catches for 104 yards.

The Rams clamped down on versatile quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who finished with 24 yards rushing and 251 through the air, most coming late in the game. Kaepernick also threw two interceptions and had a fumble.

The Wolf Pack broke a scoring drought that had reached nearly 93 minutes when Taua broke loose for a 31-yard touchdown early in the third quarter. It was Nevada's first score of the season after being bottled up in a 35-0 loss at Notre Dame in its opener.

Despite an extra week to prepare, Nevada sputtered again in the first half and went into halftime trailing 14-0. It was the first time Colorado State held an opponent scoreless in the opening half since 2003 against Weber State.

With the victory, Rams coach Steve Fairchild tied Sonny Lubick at 10-6 for the second-best start by a coach in program history. Bob Davis has the best mark, going 10-5-1 through 16 games in 1947-48.






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    Nevada 20, Colorado State 35  FinalSep 20 2:09 AM


  • NCAAF FINAL
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    NEVADA 0 0 6 8 14
    COLORADO ST 14 0 7 14 35 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: COLORADO ST - TD, JOHN MOSURE 1 YD RUN
    (BEN DELINE KICK), 6:18.
    COLORADO ST 7-0
    COLORADO ST - TD, ERIC PEITZ 25 YD PASS
    FROM DION MORTON (BEN DELINE
    KICK), 12:57. COLORADO ST 14-0
    3RD QUARTER: NEVADA

    Nevada 20, Colorado State 35  FinalSep 19 8:16 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD NEVADA
    VAI TAUA 2 YD RUN
    (VAI TAUA RUN FOR TWO-POINT CONVERSION)
    NEVADA 14
    COLORADO ST 35 3:08 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Nevada 14, Colorado State 35  4th - 3:08Sep 19 7:55 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD COLORADO ST
    GRANT STUCKER 35 YD RUN
    (BEN DELINE KICK)
    NEVADA 6
    COLORADO ST 35 6:43 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Nevada 6, Colorado State 35  4th - 6:43Sep 19 7:45 PM


  • NCAAF
    NEVADA 6
    COLORADO ST 28 14:53 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Nevada 6, Colorado State 28  4th - 14:53Sep 19 7:25 PM


  • NCAAF END, 3RD QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    NEVADA 0 0 6 6
    COLORADO ST 14 0 7 21 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: COLORADO ST - TD, JOHN MOSURE 1 YD RUN
    (BEN DELINE KICK), 6:18.
    COLORADO ST 7-0
    COLORADO ST - TD, ERIC PEITZ 25 YD PASS
    FROM DION MORTON (BEN DELINE
    KICK), 12:57. COLORADO ST 14-0
    3RD QUARTER

    Nevada 6, Colorado State 21  End of 3rdSep 19 7:25 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD COLORADO ST
    ZAC PAUGA 32 YD PASS FROM GRANT STUCKER
    (BEN DELINE KICK)
    NEVADA 6
    COLORADO ST 28 14:53 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Nevada 6, Colorado State 28  4th - 14:53Sep 19 7:25 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD COLORADO ST
    DION MORTON 49 YD PASS FROM GRANT STUCKER
    (BEN DELINE KICK)
    NEVADA 6
    COLORADO ST 21 6:22 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Nevada 6, Colorado State 21  3rd - 6:22Sep 19 7:09 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD NEVADA
    VAI TAUA 31 YD RUN
    (PAT FAILED)
    NEVADA 6
    COLORADO ST 14 12:08 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Nevada 6, Colorado State 14  3rd - 12:08Sep 19 6:54 PM


  • NCAAF HALFTIME
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    NEVADA 0 0 0
    COLORADO ST 14 0 14 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: COLORADO ST - TD, JOHN MOSURE 1 YD RUN
    (BEN DELINE KICK), 6:18.
    COLORADO ST 7-0
    COLORADO ST - TD, ERIC PEITZ 25 YD PASS
    FROM DION MORTON (BEN DELINE
    KICK), 12:57. COLORADO ST 14-0

    Sep 19 6:34 PM


  • NCAAF END, 1ST QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    NEVADA 0 0
    COLORADO ST 14 14 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: COLORADO ST - TD, JOHN MOSURE 1 YD RUN
    (BEN DELINE KICK), 6:18.
    COLORADO ST 7-0
    COLORADO ST - TD, ERIC PEITZ 25 YD PASS
    FROM DION MORTON (BEN DELINE
    KICK), 12:57. COLORADO ST 14-0

    Sep 19 5:53 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD COLORADO ST
    ERIC PEITZ 25 YD PASS FROM DION MORTON
    (BEN DELINE KICK)
    NEVADA 0
    COLORADO ST 14 2:03 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Nevada 0, Colorado State 14  1st - 2:03Sep 19 5:43 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD COLORADO ST
    JOHN MOSURE 1 YD RUN
    (BEN DELINE KICK)
    NEVADA 0
    COLORADO ST 7 8:42 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Nevada 0, Colorado State 7  1st - 8:42Sep 19 5:23 PM