The Rams completed a 21-0 season. The only three losses for Colorado (18-3) came against CSU. This one, though, came more than 1,500 miles from either school and after four rounds of MCLA competition.
“It’s crazy, but I’m not surprised at all, though,” said Alex Smith, Colorado State’s coach. “I knew they were the second-best team along with us. I’m really proud it could have come against them. We have such a good rivalry. For our fans and out teammates, it just means so much.
“They’re really well-coached,” Smith said. “I have a lot of respect for them. … They did a great job defending us.”
The Rams’ defense was better, though, keeping the Buffaloes off the scoreboard until the first minute of the fourth quarter. Defenders Hayden Porter, Patrick Sullivan and Tyler Zabor shared the game’s most valuable player honor.
Colorado used a different defensive strategy from the two regular-season meetings, going with a zone defense. Smith wasn’t totally surprised.
“They played zone all last year,” Smith said. “I had a feeling they would break the zone out at the tournament. We saw it in some other tournament games zoning us. They were really good at it, so it took us executing really well to get it done.”