College Bowls
College Bowls

Shop Fantasy Central Golf Guide Free e-mail Travel Subscribe SI About Us
  Bowls Home
Bowls Schedule
Other CFB News
Orange Bowl
Other BCS Bowls
 • Fiesta
 • Rose
 • Sugar
Other Bowls
Team Pages

 Sportsman of the Year
 Heisman Trophy
 Swimsuit 2001

 Fantasy Central
 Inside Game
 Video Plus
 Your Turn
 Message Boards
 Email Newsletters
 Golf Guide
 Cities GROUP
 Sports Illustrated
 Life of Reilly
 SI Women
 SI for Kids
 Press Room
 TBS/TNT Sports
 CNN Languages

 SI Customer Service
 SI Media Kits
 Get into College
 Sports Memorabilia


Colorado State running back Cecil Sapp squirms out of the reach of Louisville linebacker Jeromy Freitag. AP


Bruising tailback leads Colorado State past Louisville

Thoughts of a high-octane shootout between the Mountain West and Conference USA champs were blown away by subzero wind chill in Memphis, so the Rams took to the ground. Led by tailback Cecil Sapp, Colorado State hammered away at the Cardinals defense and came away with a 22-17 Liberty Bowl victory.

Dec 29 Colorado State holds off Louisville in frigid Memphis
Dec 29 Game Recap: Colorado St. at Louisville
Dec 27 Inside the MWC: After further review...
Dec 21 Inside C-USA: Bearcats give season a kick
Dec 20 Inside the MWC: No party in Vegas
Dec 18 Animated Playbooks: Colorado State Rams vs Louisville Cardinals

Louisville   Colorado State
Team Page

Record: 9-2, 6-1 C-USA
Coach: John L. Smith (third season, 23-12; 92-51 overall)
Key players: QB Dave Ragone (27 TDs, 11 INTs), WR Deion Branch (1,016 yards), S Anthony Floyd (10 interceptions)
Season summary:
That the Cardinals would lose record-setting QB Chris Redman and actually win Conference USA the following season seemed astounding beforehand. Though Ragone took over admirably and Branch emerged as an even more dangerous weapon than NCAA record-breaker Arnold Jackson, the real story of UL's success has been the defense. Floyd, Rashad Holman and the rest of the Cards lead the country in interceptions (27) keyed the current four-game win streak.
Team Page

Record: 9-2, 6-1 Mountain West Coach: Sonny Lubick (seventh season, 58-25; 79-44 overall)
Key players:
QB Matt Newton (2,405 yards, 19 TDs), RB Cecil Sapp (5.8 yards per carry), LB Rick Crowell (120 tackles)
Season summary:
Newton was so effective, he barely noticed the loss of star receiver Dallas Davis for the season. He began his year with four long touchdown bombs against Colorado and never looked back. But make no mistake, the heart of the Rams is their defense, which, led by Crowell, held seven opponents below 20 points. CSU's only defeats were to fellow bowl teams Arizona State and Air Force, the latter a 44-40 shootout in the snow at Colorado Springs.

CNNSI   Copyright © 2001 CNN/Sports Illustrated. An AOL Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved.
Terms under which this service is provided to you. Read our privacy guidelines.