Shaq Barrett was ballin' out Saturday.
The Rams' leader at linebacker showed up huge on special teams, blocking two Cal Poly field goal attempts, while fulfilling his usual role with five tackles as well.
The first block came in the second quarter, as the Mustangs lined up for a 47-yarder, Barrett pushed in and got a finger tip on the ball to force it to come up short.
His second block was even bigger. With Colorado State leading 27-17, he somehow got through the Cal Poly line and got an entire hand on the ball, blocking it backwards some 10 yards. It was important because it kept the Rams' lead at two scores, and it came at the end of a long Mustangs drive. Instead of earning three points, Cal Poly came up empty and CSU cemented their victory with a final touchdown minutes later.
It was the first time a Rams player blocked two kicks in one season since 2005, let alone one game.
“Blocking field goals, a lot of times, it's about effort. It's about desire,” head coach Jim McElwain said of Barrett's work. “It's about how hard you're willing to come off the football. Now, we saw some things in their protection we thought we could take advantage of. Just like you do every week. But to see him (Barrett), go ahead and not just take a play off, that's pretty cool.”
Next up for Barrett and his 1-2 Colorado State Rams is a trip to Tuscaloosa, Alabama to face the No. 1 Crimson Tide. The game kicks off at 5 p.m. Saturday and will be televised on ESPN2.
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