Wednesday, November 23, 2005

It's Official: San Diego's Poinsettia Bowl Picks CSU

eFootball Fans:

From the Coloradoan - looks like CSU is happy to be going to a bowl game.
Note they beat AFA rather easily earlier this year so they should be a tough
team to beat.

R/Dave Leather '73

Subject: It's Official: San Diego's Poinsettia Bowl Picks CSU (The

It's official: San Diego's Poinsettia Bowl picks CSU
Rams, Midshipmen to play for first time Dec. 22

Colorado State University football coach Sonny Lubick can relax. His Rams
are going bowling after all.

As expected, the Rams on Tuesday got an official invitation to play Navy in
the inaugural Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego. It will be CSU's sixth bowl game
in seven years and Lubick's ninth bowl game since arriving in 1993.

"I would have been devastated if we didn't get a bowl bid," Lubick said
Tuesday. "This feels so good, and I'm so happy for our players. It's really
so positive for the entire program and the entire university."

The Rams (6-5, 5-3 Mountain West Conference) put their postseason hopes in
jeopardy by losing back-to-back games to start November. But they got the
sixth win necessary for bowl eligibility Saturday, beating UNLV 31-27, then
took advantage of losses by New Mexico and Brigham Young to finish in a tie
for second place in the MWC.

The Poinsettia Bowl had been considering New Mexico (6-5, 4-4), but cited
CSU's higher finish in the standings and 35-25 win over the Lobos as primary
reasons for inviting the Rams. New Mexico settled for a conditional
invitation to the Fort Worth Bowl.

"When you leave it in someone else's hands, it's always a little risky,"
Lubick said of the bowl selection process. "But when I saw that we were in
second place, I felt we were in pretty good shape."

CSU never has met Navy in football. The Rams and Midshipmen do have a common
opponent - Air Force - and both teams beat the Falcons this season. CSU
knocked off Air Force 41-23, while the Middies beat the Falcons 27-24.

The Rams - particularly 14 seniors - are thrilled to get a chance at a bowl
after missing out last year following a 4-7 season.

"It feels good to be going back to a bowl," senior quarterback Justin
Holland said. "I definitely think we deserve to go. We are a talented team,
and when we come to play we are tough to beat. None of the seniors wanted
the UNLV game to be their last college game."

The bowl gives CSU 11 or 12 more practices and allows time for injured
players to heal. Senior offensive tackle Mike Brisiel, for example, should
be healthy in plenty of time for the game after missing all but a few plays
of the past two games with a reverse hip pointer.

"We've been pasted together with bubble gum for most of the season, so it
will be nice to go into a game pretty healthy," Lubick said. "This time off
should really allow us to strengthen ourselves at safety and on the
offensive line, where we really have been hurting."

The Rams, off this week for Thanksgiving break, will open practice Nov. 30.
Lubick hopes to have seven or eight practices here before the team departs
Dec. 18 for San Diego.

Originally published November 23, 2005
Copyright ©2005 The Fort Collins Coloradoan.

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