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New Mexico-Colorado State Preview Capsule

November 20, 2014

New Mexico (3-7, 1-5 Mountain West) at No. 22 Colorado State (9-1, 5-1), 1:30 p.m. EDT (ROOT Sports Rocky Mountain)

Line: Colorado State by 22.

Series Record: Colorado State leads 36-25

WHAT’S AT STAKE

The Rams are looking for just their second 10-1 start in program history. They’re also trying to keep pace with Boise State in the Mountain Division. Both teams are 5-1, but the Broncos have the tiebreaker courtesy of their win over the Rams. The Lobos are taking their last trip of the season, before wrapping up the year by hosting Wyoming. New Mexico lost 28-21 at Utah State last week.

KEY MATCHUP

Colorado State WR Rashard Higgins vs New Mexico’s defensive backs. Higgins is nicknamed “Hollywood” because of his big-play potential. This season, the spotlight has shined brightly on him. Higgins has caught 67 passes for 1,280 yards and 13 TDs. New Mexico cornerback Cranston Jones has 24 tackles, four pass breakups and two interceptions this season.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

NEW MEXICO: RB Jhurell Pressley. The junior has rushed for 873 yards, including four 100-yard games. He also has 11 TDs this season.

COLORADO STATE: QB Garrett Grayson. The senior now holds 12 CSU records, including most passing yards (8,208 yards) and TDs (58). He’s won 18 games in his career, fourth-most in program history. Former Colorado State standout QB Bradlee Van Pelt leads the way with 23 career wins.

FACTS & FIGURES

Lobos QB Lamar Jordan has thrown for 699 yards and rushed for 492 more. ... New Mexico’s offense is averaging 27.6 points per game and 405.6 yards of total offense. ... New Mexico’s left tackle Reno Henderson and center LaMar Bratton haven’t missed a snap this season. ... New Mexico is 2-25 all-time on the road against teams ranked in the AP top 25. ... Higgins is a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award, presented to the nation’s top receiver. ... The Rams have won eight straight, their longest single season streak since 1997. ... Colorado State has converted 51.5 percent of its third downs. The team’s best mark for a season was 46.3 percent in 1985. ... DB Trent Matthews has eight career interceptions. It’s the most by a Rams defender since Erik Olson had 12 from 1996-99.

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