FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Dee Hart matched a school record with six touchdowns and No. 22 Colorado State amassed a program-best 698 yards of offense as the Rams routed New Mexico 58-20 on Saturday to extend their winning streak to nine straight.
The Rams (10-1, 6-1 Mountain West) are off to their best start since 1994. Hart led the way against New Mexico (3-8, 1-6) by rushing for 230 yards and five TDs. He also hauled in a TD pass to tie Kapri Bibbs’ school mark of six scores set last season against the Lobos.
Garrett Grayson threw for 389 yards to become the school’s all-time offensive leader. The senior threw two of his TD passes to Rashard Higgins, who was back after missing a game with a sore shoulder.
New Mexico is 2-26 on the road against teams in the Top 25.
The Lobos struggled from the opening kick, when returner Ridge Jones fumbled the ball away. It was one of two that Jones lost in the first half, with both leading to scores.
Colorado State’s offensive output broke the mark of 693 yards set against Tennessee-Chattanooga in 1996.
The Rams led 37-7 at halftime and coasted to the 499th win in program history.
About the only thing that went wrong for the Rams in the first half was when reliable kicker Jared Roberts missed an extra point. It snapped a streak of 111 straight, which was a school and conference record.
Higgins finished 10 catches for 167 yards. His 1,447 yards receiving this season is a new school record, breaking David Anderson’s mark of 1,293 set in 2003.
Nicknamed “Hollywood” for his big-play ability, Higgins is up for the Biletnikoff Award, which is given annually to the nation’s top receiver.
Grayson broke his 13th school record, eclipsing the total offense mark held by former Rams standout Bradlee Van Pelt.
Colorado State returner Deionte Gaines had a 100-yard kickoff return for a score negated in the second quarter by a holding penalty. No matter, Hart burst through the line for a 76-yard score, the longest rushing TD for the Rams since Bibbs’ 85-yarder against Nevada last November.
Bibbs gouged New Mexico last season, rushing for 291 yards and six TDs.
Hart, a graduate transfer from Alabama who arrived in Fort Collins over the summer, nearly matched that total. His last carry of the day was a 55-yard TD late in the third, before calling it a day.
Lamar Jordan, Romell Jordan and Teriyon Gipson all scored rushing TDs for the Lobos, who’ve dropped five straight to the Rams.
There was a scary moment for the Rams early in the game when receiver Joe Hansley was hit hard by David Guthrie after catching a pass over the middle. Hansley remained on the field for several minutes before being taken into the locker room for observation.
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