FORT COLLINS, Colo. Sporting Alert — Nick Stevens threw three touchdown passes to help Colorado State opened its new on-campus stadium with a 58-27 victory over Oregon State in a college football season opener for both teams on Saturday. Box Score
“I just told the guys in there — there’s only one shot at opening a new stadium,” Rams coach Mike Bobo said.
“There’s going to be one memory. It was a good one for Colorado State people.”
Stevens, who threw TD passes to Detrich Clark, Cameron Butler and Dalyn Dawkins, completed 26 of 39 pass attempts for 334 yards with one interception.
Michael Gallup had 11 catches for 134 yards for the Rams, who scored 24 points in the fourth quarter to pull away with the victory.
Dalyn Dawkins, Marvin Kinsey Jr. and Izzy Matthews all ran for scores, while linebacker Tre Thomas scored on a 44-yard interception return to lead a Colorado State defense that forced five turnovers in the season opener.
Oregon State had jumped out to an early lead when Timmy Hernandez scored on a 39-yard pass from Jake Luton to round out an eight play, 80-yard drive.
The Beavers led 10-7 at the end of the first quarter, but struggled on offense after the half time interval and were held scoreless in the third quarter.
Luton went 27 of 47 for 304 yards and two touchdowns, but was also picked off three times for a QBR of 57.9.
Ryan Nall rushed for 115 yards, including a 75-yard score that gave Oregon State a 17-14 lead in the second quarter.
But the visitors were held without a TD until the fourth quarter when the game was pretty much out of reach.
“We got beat bad. Bad!” said Oregon State coach Gary Andersen.
“There are a lot of concerns when you get beat like that. It’s unchartered waters for me.”
Next time for Colorado State, it will take on in-state rival Colorado in Denver on Friday where the Rams will aim to avenge the 44-7 defeat to the Buffaloes last season.
Oregon State, meanwhile, will seek to bounce back at home next Saturday when it hosts Portland State.