Hawaii CSU 2018
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The Hawaii Warriors were able to put up over 600 yards of total offense last night and appear to have a stellar gunslinger operating the newly renovated Rolovich "Run and Shoot" offense. Much like the Run and Shoot of old, Rolovich's version uses smaller and more agile receivers to create separation out of the slot receiver positions. Last night, Byrd and Ursua were able to help Cole McDonald and the Warriors offense produce in epic fashion, as did Colorado State's offense. K.J Carta-Samuels was able to throw for 537 yards and completed 5 touchdown passes, including a brilliantly executed 99 yard drive that helped spark a rally for the Rams offense.
Both teams did a great job at taking care of the football all night long and both teams only turned the ball over one time each. Carta-Samuels threw one interception and Hawaii was able to capitalize with points on the scoreboard, while on the other hand, Colorado State caused a fumble and was not able to capitalize with points on that given drive. I said in pre-game and in my 2018 CSU vs Hawaii Preview that this would be a high scoring shoot-out, much like a arena league game and whoever could gain more possessions would ultimately win the game. Cole Mcdonald was able to achieve a marvelous QB rating of 97.6, while Carta-Samuels had a 76.6 rating on the night. Sometimes it does not come down to how many yards you throw for in the end, but instead on how practical you are with the football for four quarters of play.
Moving Forward For Colorado State
It is not about if they can win football games, because the Rams have plenty of talent to put up an outrageous amount of points all season long. If the Rams can get an adequate pass rush, as Hawaii did on Carta-Samuels to cause errant throws downfield, they can start creating those key turnovers that can ultimately swing close contests. This game came down to who was better prepared mentally and I applaud Coach Nick Rolovich and his staff for winning against a very good Colorado State Rams football team in Fort Collins. I also applaud the resiliency of the Rams players to keep fighting as the newest stadium in College Football emptied out as the game appeared to be a blowout. This contest proved who the Rams really were underneath the shells of the shoulder pads and helmets. They are a high flying team that needs to push the ball down the field EARLY and often, not waiting until they are down for 30 points. They are a tough group that can ultimately surprise a lot of people this season if they can learn from their WEEK 0 mistakes and move forward with an EDGE that cannot be denied. Execution is key, as is play calling, so everyone needs to take a look in the mirror and figure out WHY they play the game of football at Colorado State University.
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