Rams Mascot Dies Just Before Match Against Buffs

September 21, 2015
Photo: Colorado vs. Colorado State 2015 (AP Photo)
Colorado running back Michael Adkins II, left, is dragged down after a short gain by Colorado State linebacker Kevin Davis, bottom right, and defensive back Nick Januska in the first quarter.

CSU says CAM the Ram died Saturday, the same day as the Rocky Mountain Showdown with the CU Buffs. CAM's successor, No. 25, took the field for the football game.

The game was a nail-biter. Tedric Thompson blocked Wyatt Bryan's 27-yard field goal attempt in overtime and Diego Gonzalez atoned for a miss at the end of regulation by hitting a 32-yarder, powering Colorado past rival Colorado State 27-24 that night.

Gonzalez had shanked a 48-yarder as time expired following an 18-yard catch by Nelson Spruce at the 30 on fourth-and-1 with two seconds left.

The Buffs won the toss in overtime and elected to start out on defense. After a roughing/targeting penalty on Jimmie Gilbert gave them a first down at the 12, the Rams stalled at the 9.

Thompson blocked the field goal and Gonzalez was true from 32, leading to a wild celebration all over Sports Authority Field.

Sefo Luifau threw for 220 yards and two TDs for Colorado (2-1).

The Rams (1-2) jumped to an early 14-0 lead on Dalyn Dawkins' 13-yard TD run and Higgins' 25-yard TD catch.