Colorado Runs Away from CSU
Friday Sep 25, 2009 in Amateur Competitions Division I Colleges
(Colorado's Chris Martin netted two tries.)
Boulder, Colo. - The University of Colorado scored four second-half tries to pull away from Colorado State and win 45-17 before more than 1,000 under the lights in Boulder.
The two teams battled tight through the first 50 minutes, and with half an hour left the score was only 14-10 in Colorado’s favor.
“At 14-10 we felt we had a chance,” said CSU head coach Blake Stevens. “We’d made a lot of mistakes in the first half, turning the ball over, but CU hadn’t really capitalized. We felt if we took some of our opportunities, we could win.”
“We were definitely concerned,” said Colorado head coach Sean Edris. “But I think our fitness showed through and our back three again played well and the leadership of our captains, Tommy Pasque and Charlie Euwema saw us through.”
Colorado led 14-3 at halftime thanks to tries from Tim Curtis on the wing and Euwema, who converted both. CSU got a penalty from Thomas Staub.
But right after the teams changed ends the Rams pulled within four when Staub scored on a pick-and-jam close to the line. The game remained tight for some minutes. Euwema slotted a key penalty, and then the floodgates opened.
“They were beating us in the backs,” said Stevens. “I think our forwards were better but even there, they outworked us.”
Fullback Chris Martin continued his scoring spree with a try, and more tries followed as scrumhalf Shane Milek, wing Luke Lahman, and Martin again notched tries. Euwema was good on all conversions to make it a 20-point day for him.
CSU answered with a try from No. 8 Charlie Pappas, but were outpaced in the second 40.
“They took a couple of big plays to the house and we lost our form on defense,” said Stephens. “This is definitely a step up in competition from last week.”
“After we scored that third try, we never looked back,” said Edris of CU’s day. “But we’re not as fit as we need to be and we’ll be back running on Sunday.”
The Friday night game was popular with fans, as well, as CU students opted for a night at the rugby game before extending their Friday night socializing. The team posted notices all over campus, and the entire club pitched in to set the game up and sell concessions and T-shirts.
“It was a great night for us in a lot of ways,” said Edris. “Everybody pitched in to make it successful.”
- Alex Goff