Homecoming thriller: Rams' win caps great weekend

[masterslider_pb id="21"] Jared Roberts and the CSU football team made sure Homecoming 2014 will be remembered for a long, long time. Roberts kicked a 46-yard field goal on the game’s final play Saturday night, lifting the Rams (6-1, 201 Mountain West) to a pulsating 16-13 win over Utah State before a delirious overflow crowd of 32,546 at Hughes Stadium. Roberts’ kick capped a furious rally for the Rams, who had not led since midway in the first quarter and appeared to be headed to overtime. Wild finish The Rams, though, didn’t need the extra period. Senior quarterback Garrett Grayson’s 46-yard pass to wide receiver Rashard Higgins to the Utah State 22-yard line with seconds remaining put Roberts in position to kick his third field goal of the game and make the Rams bowl-eligible for the second consecutive season. The rousing victory capped a huge weekend in which CSU celebrated “100 Years of Homecoming.” See how students, alumni and fans celebrated! Highlights included:

  • The annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner on Thursday night.
  •  A ceremony Friday morning renaming West Drive on campus Amy Van Dyken Way.
  • The annual Homecoming Parade on Friday afternoon, with Amy Van Dyken-Rouen serving as grand marshal.
  • The RamFest concert, featuring Nico & Vinz, on Friday night at Moby Arena.
  •  The Homecoming 5K on Saturday morning, with more than 2,000 runners and walkers participating.
Party on the turf The celebration’s high point came when the football team scored twice in the final two minutes to beat Utah State. After Roberts’ kick perfectly split the uprights, CSU’s student section stormed the field – a sight not seen at Hughes Stadium in more than a decade. “It’s something you dream about, to see the crowd rushing the field,” Roberts said. “I can’t thank the crowd enough for coming out and supporting us. It means the world to us. We want them to be a part of this season with us. We’re 6-1 and we want to represent the university, represent Fort Collins and the alumni, so to put on a good show for the crowd means a lot to us.” CSU's top passer Grayson, who completed 20 of 31 passes for 243 yards, became CSU’s all-time leader in passing with 7,250 yards, moving past Kelly Stouffer, a former first-round NFL draft pick. Stouffer’s record of 7,142 yards had stood for 28 years. On a night when former CSU swimmer and six-time Olympic gold medalist Van Dyken-Rouen was honored for her courage and resilience, the Rams found a way to win despite Utah State’s dominant defense. In the end, CSU made just enough plays on both offense and defense to extend its winning streak to five games – the Rams’ longest since 2002. Border War next The Rams return to action at 5 p.m. Saturday, hosting Border War rival Wyoming. Tickets are on sale, with a second consecutive sellout expected. “The atmosphere was just outstanding, and I can’t praise our fans enough for coming out and supporting a group of guys who won’t say die,” coach Jim McElwain said. “That’s a good football team we just beat; that’s a really good football team we just beat. I’m really proud for our team, our coaches, the organization and the people in the state of Colorado. We’ve got a winner here.”

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College of Business ranked among the nation's best

The College of Business at Colorado State University moved up three places on this year’s The Princeton Review’s list of “Best Administered” business schools, to third in the nation. princeton review 2 photo“It is an honor for our entire program’s administrative team to be recognized in this way,” said John Weiss, director of MBA programs. “We think it is as a result of having a group of dedicated people who do their very best to make sure that our students are able to navigate through our programs from start to finish.” The Princeton Review, a New-York-based educational services company, features Colorado State in the 2015 edition of "The Best 296 Colleges. Inclusion on the list is based on surveys of more than 21,600 students at 296 business schools, in addition to data from school administrators. The Best Administered ranking is the result of student answers regarding how smoothly the college is run and the ease with which students can get into required and popular courses. Online Professional MBA Weiss is also the program director for CSU’s Online Professional MBA, a graduate focused program that takes a unique approach to online education. The Review said CSU’s OPMBA offers a solid mid-tier program for an “an amazing value” at a well-respected institution that is ideal for working students looking to progress or diversify their careers. Students said they were impressed by the multiple program options for career advancement, including Professional and Early Career, and eight-week classes, scheduling flexibility, online courses, and course layout. According to the Review, surveys also highlighted the diversity of students in any given class (both in-person and online) and faculty that makes sure “there is a lot of insight as to how topics are handled in specific industries.” Other recent CSU College of Business accomplishments include:

  • CSU’s College of Business part-time MBA program was ranked 31st in the nation in U.S. News and World Report's 2015 Best Graduate Schools edition. The program was the highest ranked one of its kind in Colorado.
  • The College of Business has been recognized for its outstanding leadership in integrating social, environmental and ethical issues into its Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise MBA program. The Aspen Institute's 2011-2012 edition of "Beyond Grey Pinstripes," an independent, biennial survey and global ranking of business schools, ranked the GSSE program at CSU number 27 on its list of the Top 100 MBA Programs in the world.
  • Net Impact, a leading nonprofit that inspires students to drive social and environmental change on campus and throughout their career, ranked CSU number five of, “Top 50 Schools for Social Impact.” The college also placed in the top half for “Top 50 Schools for Environmental Sustainability.”
  • Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranked the College of Business as one of the top undergraduate business programs in the country. Colorado State ranked No. 73 in this year's BusinessWeek rankings, up from No. 89 last year.
  • Colorado State’s business and economics programs rank in the top 15 percent of the world's best universities for research, according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities. The university placed 76th out of the top 500 universities included in the rankings released by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. CSU was ranked at 101 last year — the first year it appeared on the list — based on objective measures of faculty research.
  • The College of Business was also named a “Best Buy” by GetEducated.com.

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