Colorado State Special Team Mistakes And Turnovers Lead To 48-10 Blowout By Florida
Bad Habits Doom Colorado State Once Again
Colorado State Drops To 1-3
With a third of the season complete, Colorado State struggles to find consistency and has yet to put together a complete game. When one group takes a step forward another seems to take two steps back. Coming off of an inspiring comeback win a week ago, Colorado State failed to continue to the momentum and lost to Florida 48-10 in Gainesville on Saturday. Special teams and turnovers were the achilles heel this week as the Rams fall to 1-3 on the season.
All three Colorado State turnovers turned into points for Florida. Add to that the special teams mistakes such as a blocked punt returned for a touchdown, a punt returned for a touchdown in the third quarter and two missed field goals. In short, the special teams was a disaster.
There were some bright spots for Colorado State. The defense continues to show improvement. They held Florida to 3/8 on third downs and were able to get off the field. During the third quarter, K.J. Carta-Samuels found freshman tight end Trey McBride for a 48-yard touchdown right down the heart of the Florida defense. That cut the Gators lead to 27-10 early in the third quarter but that was as close as it got as Florida then scored 21 unanswered points.
The run game did improve as the Rams finished with 70-yards on the ground but it was on 42 carries. Junior Marvin Kinsey may have emerged as Colorado State’s number one tailback as he had 79-yards on 15 carries but most of those yards came in the fourth quarter with game well out of reach. Sophomore wide receiver Preston Williams did have another solid game as he hauled in nine receptions for 106-yards.
Colorado State returns to the friendly confines of Canvas Stadium to take on Illinois State next Saturday. Kickoff is set for 1pm and can be seen on AT&T SportsNet.