FORT COLLINS, Colorado (Ticker) -- After securing a Liberty Bowl berth, 13th-ranked Colorado State tries to wrap up a perfect Mountain West Conference slate with a victory over Nevada-Las Vegas on Saturday.
Colorado State also can match its school record for victories. The Rams went 11-2 in 1997.
Colorado State (10-2, 7-0 MWC) held off visiting New Mexico, 22-14, last week to earn its sixth straight victory and the conference title.
Hampered by a sprained left big toe, Cecil Sapp gained just 36 yards on 14 carries off the bench, but quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt passed for 120 yards and rushed for 106 and a touchdown.
Van Pelt had a memorable 29-yard scamper for a clock-killing first down in the final two minutes. His left shoe came off during the run.
The Rams did just enough to record their third outright MWC title and fourth 10-win season, all under coach Sonny Lubick.
Colorado State is 4-0 at Hughes Stadium this season. The Rams' only perfect seasons at home were in 1990 (6-0) and 2000 (5-0).
UNLV (4-7, 2-4), which is coming off a bye week, has lost its last two contests and three of four, including a 49-32 setback against Air Force on November 16 that ended its bowl aspirations.
Colorado State has won the last six games in the series after going 0-3-1 in the teams' first four contests.