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CSU is going for 3 straight over Cougs

When Colorado State defeated BYU in Provo, 58-13, last season, it was the Rams' first back-to-back defeat of the Cougars since 1964-65.

This year, CSU is going for three in a row over BYU. It's been 49 years since that's happened.

The Rams beat the Cougars four straight seasons from 1952-55. In those days, the school was known as Colorado A&M.

Asked if he'll address this with his team, CSU coach Sonny Lubick replied, "I'll probably mention that, but I don't know how far that will go to be a motivating factor. But, as coaches, we try to use every trick in the book. It will be mentioned, but I can't say that will be worth seven points. I wish I could."

NOT EVEN CLOSE: While in most seasons, BYU and Colorado State have battled for Mountain West Conference supremacy, the games between the two schools the last five years, surprisingly, have not been close, with an average score of 46-16. Here's how the last five meetings have gone:

1999 — BYU 34, CSU 13

2000 — CSU 45, BYU 21

2001 — BYU 56, CSU 34

2002 — CSU 37, BYU 10

2003 — CSU 58, BYU 13

NOTES: Saturday's game culminates Colorado State's Homecoming week festivities . . . BYU hasn't defeated CSU in Fort Collins since a 28-21 decision in 1995 . . . CSU is 10-6 at Hughes Stadium in night games . . . BYU has a pair of players on its roster from the state of Colorado — defensive lineman John Denney (Thornton) and offensive lineman Nick Alletto (Parker) . . . BYU coach Gary Crowton played quarterback at CSU in the late 1970s . . . BYU is 5-13 in its last 18 games, dating back to 2002.


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