Nothing hurts more than losing a game after leading for most of it.
The Colorado State Rams came into Week Two wanting a win desperately, but they came up short, watching the Tulsa Golden Hurricane win on a last-second field goal.
This contest was quite close early on, tied at seven and then the Rams took the 17-14 lead on Jordon Vaden's touchdown reception from Garrett Grayson.
CSU led by as much as 10 points and held their advantage for nearly 35 minutes of game time, as Jared Roberts made two field goals and Chris Nwoke ran in a tough touchdown. from 11:30 left in the second quarter until 7:01 remaining in the fourth period the Rams led, when Tulsa's Cody Green connected with Derek Patterson for a 15-yard score.
Colorado State then had the ball with 2:15 remaining, but they couldn't convert a first down and had to punt it away. After a timeout stopped the clock due to injury, Tulsa running back Trey Watts scampered with the ball for 45 yards, setting up a relatively short field goal.
On the penultimate play, the Rams jumped offside, giving Carl Salazar a 34-yard field goal, which he kicked through the uprights for the Golden Hurricane's first victory of the season.
Colorado State fell to 0-2.
Their defense gave up 400-plus yards of offense for the second straight game, while the offense could only convert on four of 17 third down opportunities, a far too low 14.8 percent.
The Rams couldn't put the game when they needed to. After Max Morgan's touchdown-saving tip away, the offense went three-and-out, which was answered with a quick touchdown TD to tie the game.
Again, when it mattered most, Colorado State's offense failed to move the ball, run the clock and at least take this game into overtime.
Jim McElwain remains winless on the road in his year-plus with CSU and his team returns to Fort Collins to face Cal Poly next Saturday at 1:30 p.m. MT.