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Explosive first half propels CSU Rams to 35-28 win in Hawai'i

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Fall asleep after the first half?

You didn't miss much.

Colorado State was again stellar in the first half, this time, allowing the defense to jump-start the team.

A crazy turn of events gave the Rams all the momentum, which they rode through the break.

Joe Hansley caught a pass from Garrett Grayson but then was stripped and fumbled. The Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors took possession in CSU's half of the field and threatened to score. But when quarterback Sean Shroeder tossed up a pretty pass into the end zone, Rams defensive back DeAndre Elliot stole the ball away with pure strength. It seemed to electrify the team, as Donnell Alexander ran for an explosive 70 yards and Kapri Bibbs punched in the five-yard score for the 7-0 lead.

When Hawai'i got the ball back, Colorado State pounced; Cory James came off the edge and blew Schroeder up, forcing a fumble which Max Morgan picked up and rumbled 73 yards into the end zone. 14-0 CSU.

Schroeder and the Rainbow Warriors battled back, though, as he showed off the beautiful bomb, connecting with Chris Gant on a 38-yard score.

But Garrett Grayson and the Rams offense kept their rhythm, putting together a masterful 10-play, 66 yard drive that was finished off when tight end Crockett Gillmore ran the ball in. Colorado State led 21-7. Hawai'i again answered, this time quickly, when Shroeder hit Gant on a 40-yard play and then Bill Stutzman in the back of the end zone for the touchdown, making it a one-score game once more.

The Rams had to keep scoring, and that's when Kapri Bibbs got hot. After busting a nice run to get the team to the 10, Bibbs took the handoff right, saw a group of defenders, came to a dead stop, then re-excellerated, juked a guy hard and trotted over the goal line for his second score. It was a thing of beauty.

CSU held Hawai'i to a field goal and then Bibbs put his third touchdown on the board as the green and gold led 35-17 at halftime.

They likely would have loved for the game to be over there as Colorado State couldn't put a single point on the board while allowing the Rainbow Warriors to score 11, eventually holding on for the crucial win.

Bibbs finished with 137 yards rushing and three touchdowns, bringing his total to 12 on the season, which is already tied for fifth-best in CSU history. He's an amazing runner, someone the Rams have really leaned on in recent weeks. As a team, they eclipsed the 230-yard mark for the third time in four weeks – 231 – each of those profound performances coming in victories.

On the season, Colorado State is now 4-4, needing to win three of their last five to make it back to a bowl game for the first time since 2008.

It won't be easy, but it is possible. They face Boise State next Saturday at home, then host Nevada before going to Albuquerque to play New Mexico and to Logan, Utah and the Utah State Aggies, finally hosting Air Force to end the season's slate.

But for now, the Rams have their first back-to-back road wins and first winning streak under Jim McElwain.

Rich Kurtzman is a freelance journalist. Follow Rich on Twitter (@RichKurtzman).

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