Colorado State 22, Louisville 17
December 31, 2000 | Memphis, Tenn. (58,302)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - In the only bowl game of the 2000
season that featured a pair of conference champions, the
Mountain West champs - the Colorado State Rams bulled
their way to a 22-17 win over the Louisville Cardinals,
Conference USA champions. More than 25,000 UofL fans
braved wind chills in the single digits and saw the Cardinals
jump out to a 10-3 lead early in the second quarter.
Sophomore quarterback Dave Ragone connected with
little-used wide receiver Damien Dorsey on a 58-yard
scoring play and got three more from the right foot of
placekicker Nate Smith. The Rams battled back late in the
first half getting a pair of touchdowns on the ground from
Cecil Sapp and Frank Rice. Sapp would go on to earn
game MVP honors after a 160-yard performance.
Armed with a 16-10 halftime lead, the Rams would
bump the score to 19-10 after the second of three C.W.
Hurst field goals, a 21-yarder early in the third quarter.
UofL pulled within two at 19-17 when Ragone connected
with Deion Branch on a 14-yard scoring play with 13:35
left in the game.
For the day, Ragone completed 24 of 37 throws for
321 yards in winds up to 30 miles per hour. Branch set
a Liberty Bowl record with 10 receptions for 170 yards
and a score.
1 2 3 4 F
Colorado State 3 13 3 3 22
Louisville 7 3 0 7 17
CSU — Hurst 24-yd field goal
LOU — Dorsey 58-yd pass from Ragone (Smith kick)
LOU — Smith 24-yd field goal
CSU — Sapp 2-yd run (Hurst kick)
CSU — Rice 16-yd run (kick failed)
CSU — Hurst 21-yd field goal
LOU — Branch 14-yd pass from Ragone (Smith kick)
CSU — Hurst 32-yd field goal
Category CSU LOU
First Downs 22 17
Rushing Yards 157 76
Passes 13-28 24-37
Passes Int. 1 0
Passing Yards 158 321
Total Offense 315 397
Punts-Avg. 5-44.8 5-39.2
Penalties-Yards 3-39 6-55
Fumbles-Lost 3-1 3-3
Rushing: (LOU) Stallings 15-63-0, Ragone 7-19-0,
Lester 1-1-0. (CSU) Sapp 36-160-1, Rice 2-39-1,
Passing: (LOU) Ragone 24-37-1-321-2.
(CSU) Newton 13-28-1-158-0
Receiving: (LOU) Branch 10-170-1, Jackson 5-47-0,
Parker 4-14-0, Ghent 3-23-0, Dorsey 1-58-1,
Stallings 1-9-0. (CSU) Rebstock 3-34-0, Layne 2-46-0,
Ochoa 2-22-0, Rice 2-20-0, Cuppari 2-19-0