Sep 14, 2013 8:06 PM by Bill Halter
For a second straight week the Cal Poly football team fell into a deep first half hole against an FBS opponent and lost despite an inspired second half performance.
The 14th ranked Mustangs gave up 353 yards and 27 points in the first half at Colorado State. The Rams were ahead 27-10 at the break. Cal Poly pulled to within 27-17 in the third quarter but lost the momentum early in the fourth quarter when Bobby Zalud's 32 yard field goal was blocked by Shaquil Barrett. Barrett also blocked a Zalud attempt from 47 yards in the second quarter. Colorado State was able to put the game away with a touchdown following the second blocked field goal. The Rams and Mustangs are both 1-2 on the season.
Last week Cal Poly played another Mountain West Conference team and fought back from a 41-3 deficit to lose 41-25 at Fresno State.
Sophomore quarterback Chris Brown made his first start for the Mustangs after coming on in relief of Vince Moraga last week. In just over a quarter of action last week, Brown threw for 184 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 39 yards and two scores after Moraga went down with a torn ACL in his knee.
Against Colorado State, Brown was less spectacular but solid for the Mustangs. The 6'2", 198-pounder completed 11-20 passes for 164 yards and a touchdown to Willie Tucker. Brown had 14 carries for 61 yards.
Tucker, the junior wide receiver led the Mustangs in receiving yards for a three straight game, he had three catches for 69 yards. Chris Nichols and Kristaan Ivory had three receptions as well.
Akaninyene Umoh scored the Mustangs other touchdown, a 34 yard run to pull the Mustangs to within 13-10 in the second quarter.
Defensively, junior linebacker Nick Dzubnar led Cal Poly with 14 tackles while senior linebacker Johnny Millard had 13.
Colorado State gained 533 totals yards compared to 367 for Cal Poly. the Mustangs only managed 203 yards rushing. The Rams had 297 yards passing and 236 yards rushing. Neither team threw an interception or lost a fumble.
Cal Poly has a bye next weekend before returning to the field on Thursday, September 26 for its Big Sky opener at Portland State (2-1). The Mustangs return home on the following Saturday for a game against Yale.
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