No. 14 Utah State survives on Colorado State penalty; Boise State up next for the 10-1 Aggies

No. 14 Utah State survives on Colorado State penalty; Boise State up next for the 10-1 Aggies
No. 14 Utah State survives on Colorado State penalty
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — For a few moments, Colorado State lived every underdogs dream finish. The winning score even went up — briefly — on the scoreboard only to be wiped out by reality.

Collin Hills apparent 34-yard touchdown pass to Preston Williams with no time left was negated by penalty, allowing No. 14 Utah State to escape with a 29-24 victory Saturday in a wild, stunning finish to a game played in snow and freezing rain.

Colorado State Hail Mary to beat Utah State nullified because receiver stepped out of bounds

“Survive and advance. Just like in the NCAA Tournament,” said Utah State coach Matt Wells, who was both relieved and ecstatic. “You know, Im going to celebrate after a win like this. Im going to let the players celebrate all the way until Monday. We have a special season going.”

The defense scored two touchdowns in this on as the offense struggled to score in this one. Aaron Wade picked off Collin Hill and returned it 95 yards to the house early in the second quarter when the Rams were knocking on the door themselves. And late in the third quarter Jontrell Rocquemore made a pick six of his own with a 32-yard interception return for a touchdown.

The Rams, denied in their bid for their first win over a ranked team since 2002, were flagged for illegal touching after it was determined that Williams had stepped out of bounds and was the first to touch the ball when he came back in bounds and made the leaping catch between defenders in the end zone.

Utah State was up six late and forced a Colorado State punt when disaster struck as Deven Thompkins muffed the punt and the Rams recovered. Hill didnt waste too much time finding Williams to put Colorado State up by one with 1:36 left in the game. But Jordan Love and the Aggies were perhaps too quick to respond as Love found Aaren Vaughns for a 33-yard touchdown.

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Utah State wins after flag spoils Colorado State Hail Mary

“I was proud of the effort and the fight and the heart,” Colorado State coach Mike Bobo said when asked what he told his team. “Theres a lot of hurt in that locker room right today because they played their tails off. We looked like a football team today really for the first time this year.”

But the 2-point conversion failed after the first attempt got waved off due to an ineligible receiver downfield penalty, which left the door open for Colorado State. This is what led to the Rams last-minute heroics and heart-breaking loss.

The call set off a bizarre scene in which the celebrating Rams team suddenly went silent on the field with the sideline for Utah State (10-1, 7-0 Mountain West) going from dejection to jubilation in winning its school-record 10th in a row.

“I have never been a part of something like that,” said linebacker Jontrell Rocquemore, who had one of Utah States two interception returns for touchdowns. “Ive never seen something like that. I went from my all-time low, to, Oh, my gosh. I just won! Sometimes, winning is ugly.”

No. 23 Utah State survived after a game-ending penalty against Colorado State negated a last-second touchdown. The Aggies defeated the Rams 29-24.

“It was probably like the ultimate high, then pretty low,” he said. “Thinking youd won the game and then it gets reversed on you. Its kind of tough.”

Safety Aaron Wades 95-yard interception return early in the second quarter stood out as Utah States lone touchdown until linebacker Jontrell Rocquemore picked off another wayward pass from and returned it 32 yards to give Utah State a 20-10 lead with 2:37 remaining in the third quarter. Dominik Eberle kicked his second field goal, a 26-yarder, earlier in the third to break a 10-10 tie.

Jordan Love threw a go-ahead 33-yard touchdown pass to Aaren Vaughns with 43 seconds remaining, the first offensive touchdown of the day for the Aggies, who came in with the nations top-scoring offense, averaging 51.3 points per game.

The Rams, denied in their bid for their first win over a ranked team since 2002, were flagged for illegal touching after it was determined that Williams had stepped out of bounds and was the first to touch the ball when he came back in bounds and made the leaping catch between defenders in the end zone.

Hill, who had two interceptions returned for touchdowns by Aggies defenders, came back to throw for the score two plays after Deven Thompkins muffed a punt that was recovered by Colorado State at the Aggies 20-yard line.

Trailing by 10 points, the Rams (3-8, 2-5) drove nearly the length of the field and pulled to within 20-17 on Hills 9-yard touchdown pass to Williams with 10:36 remaining. The drive was kept alive by punter Ryan Stonehouses fourth-down pass completion to V.J. Banks.

I have never been a part of something like that, said linebacker Jontrell Rocquemore, who had one of Utah States two interception returns for touchdowns. Ive never seen something like that. I went from my all-time low, to, Oh, my gosh. I just won! Sometimes, winning is ugly.

Safety Aaron Wades 95-yard interception return early in the second quarter stood out as Utah States lone touchdown until linebacker Jontrell Rocquemore picked off another wayward pass from and returned it 32 yards to give Utah State a 20-10 lead with 2:37 remaining in the third quarter. Dominik Eberle kicked his second field goal, a 26-yarder, earlier in the third to break a 10-10 tie.

Utah States high-powered offense made little headway in the first half and the Aggies led 10-7 at intermission because of defense and special teams.

Colorado State was poised for an early score when Wade came up with his team-leading third interception of the season. He caught a deflection off the hands of Williams and sprinted untouchded down the right sideline to match the fourth longest interception return in Utah States history.

Colorado State was poised for an early score when Wade came up with his team-leading third interception of the season. He caught a deflection off the hands of Williams and sprinted untouchded down the right sideline to match the fourth longest interception return in Utah States history.

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Utah States first scoring drive stalled on a third-down incompletion and Eberle came on to kick a 23-yard field goal, the only first quarter score.

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Utah State: The Aggies offense finally came to life by scoring a touchdown in the waning moments and it was just enough for the win after a penalty call negated the Rams last-second score.

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Colorado State: The Rams nearly pulled off a major upset by stifling the nations top-scoring offense. It just wasnt quite enough.

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Utah State: Concludes regular season Saturday at No. 23 Boise State with the Mountain West Mountain Division title on the line.

OH NO! THE RECEIVER STEPPED OUT BEFORE THE CATCH!COLORADO STATE DOES NOT GET THIS HAIL MARY FOR THE WIN! UTAH STATE WINS! pic.twitter.com/ckvr4yfhZG

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Hill, who had two interceptions returned for touchdowns, came back to throw for the score two plays after Deven Thompkins muffed a punt that was recovered by Colorado State at the Aggies 20.

Trailing by 10 points, the Rams (3-8, 2-5) drove nearly the length of the field and pulled to 20-17 on Hills 9-yard touchdown pass to Williams with 10:36 remaining. The drive was kept alive by punter Ryan Stonehouses fourth-down pass completion to V.J. Banks.

Utah State is on a crash course with Boise State for the right to win the Mountain Division and advance to the Mountain West title game. The Aggies are taking it very cliche one game at a time but it is working well for them. Utah State is just way too much for Colorado State which looks to have given up.

Safety Aaron Wades 95-yard interception return early in the second quarter stood out as Utah States lone touchdown until linebacker Jontrell Rocquemore picked off another wayward pass from and returned it 32 yards to give Utah State a 20-10 lead with 2:37 remaining in the third quarter. Eberle kicked his second field goal, a 26-yarder, earlier in the third to break a 10-10 tie.

Utah States high-powered offense made little headway in the first half and the Aggies led 10-7 at intermission because of defense and special teams.

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Colorado State was poised for an early score when Wade came up with his team-leading third interception of the season. He caught a deflection off the hands of Williams and sprinted untouchded down the right sideline to match the fourth longest interception return in Utah States history.

Rams wide receiver Preston Williams hauled in an apparent touchdown pass that would have given his team a one-point victory. However, Williams stepped out of bounds, then came back in during the play, which led to an illegal touching call that negated the touchdown and ended the game as a 29-24 Utah State victory.

Utah State: The Aggies offense finally came to life by scoring a touchdown in the waning moments and it was just enough for the win after a penalty call negated the Rams last-second score.

Colorado State: The Rams nearly pulled off a major upset by stifling the nations top-scoring offense. It just wasnt quite enough.

Utah State: Concludes regular season Saturday at No. 23 Boise State with the Mountain West Mountain Division title on the line.

If the Rams’ final play had been a touchdown, it would’ve been a remarkable comeback in the final seconds. Instead, the Aggies held on for a victory.

Preston Williams caught a Hail Mary touchdown pass from Collin Hill to seemingly give the Rams a shocking 30-29 victory. After Williams caught the ball, CSU players celebrated appropriately.

What a grab … (Via Altitude)MoreThen, a flag arrived. Was it for excessive celebration? That would be no big deal. With the game basically over a celebration penalty is worth it.

… But you have to stay in bounds. (Via Altitude)MoreSince Williams had stepped out of bounds while running his route he wasnt eligible to make the catch. Since he did, he was penalized for illegal touching. And since there was no time left when Williams caught the pass, the game was over. And Utah State escaped with a 29-24 win.

Colorado States near-game-winning drive came after a back-and-forth final two minutes. The Rams scored with 1:36 left to take a 24-23 lead and Utah State responded to go ahead 29-24 with 43 seconds left. Thanks to the help of a Utah State personal foul penalty on CSUs last drive, the Rams had a chance to win the game if Williams would have stayed in bounds.

The victory keeps Utah State (10-1, 7-0) with just one loss overall and no losses in the Mountain West. The Aggies will play Boise State next week to decide the winner of the Mountain Wests Mountain Division.

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