A post-season plane trip has been quite a rarity for Colorado State football teams, so the 1990 Rams seemed to particularly enjoy their flight to California for the Freedom Bowl.
The last time Colorado State appeared in a bowl game was in 1948."The players were all smiles on the plane ride over," Rams coach Earle Bruce said Thursday after the team arrived at Ontario Airport.
"But that's over now and it's time to get to work because Oregon is a very good team."
Bruce's Rams (8-4) face Oregon (8-3) at Anaheim Stadium on Dec. 29.
Bruce obviously has studied Oregon films.
"We need to move the ball offensively; if we can't run, we can't win," said Bruce, whose team amassed 2,888 yards rushing this season.
"On their side, we must stop their run. And (Bill) Musgrave is an outstanding quarterback and if he's got the time, he's awfully tough to beat. I don't know if you can completely stop Musgrave.
"What we're going to try to do is not give up the big play," Bruce said. "Somebody of his caliber is going to get his plays throughout the game, but we'll try to pressure him as much as we can. We will try to stop the run first and force him to throw."
Musgrave threw for 2,219 yards this season, going 173 of 301 with 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
While Colorado State's and Oregon's records are similar this season, the Ducks fared far better against the two common opponents. Oregon beat BYU 32-16 and Colorado State lost to BYU 52-9; the Ducks beat Arizona State 27-7 and the Rams lost 31-20 to the Sun Devils.