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2000 Liberty Bowl

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

Scoring Summary

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

Individual Statistics

Rushing: (LOU) Stallings 15-63-0, Ragone 7-19-0,

Lester 1-1-0. (CSU) Sapp 36-160-1, Rice 2-39-1,

Rebstock 1-6-0

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



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