Reza Williams puts a hit on Colorado State quarterback Justin Holland in the second quarter Saturday.
Sept 27, 2003
By JOHN MOSSMAN
AP Sports Writer
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - Cornerback Arnold Parker returned a fumble 80 yards for a touchdown with 1:33 left, and Utah stunned Colorado State 28-21 on Saturday night.
Moments later, linebacker Corey Dodds intercepted a Colorado State pass and the Utes (3-1, 1-0 Mountain West) ended a five-game losing streak to the Rams (2-3, 0-1).
Colorado State quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt, benched in the second quarter after four straight series that ended on turnovers, returned to the game and rallied the Rams to two fourth-quarter touchdowns and a 21-21 tie.
Trailing 21-7, Colorado State went 80 yards on a drive capped by Van Pelt's 8-yard run on a quarterback draw.
After a short Utah punt, Van Pelt led the Rams 42 yards for another score, with Marcus Houston running the final 3 yards with 10:27 left.
Van Pelt's 28-yard pass to Chris Pittman triggered another scoring threat in the closing minutes, and the Rams appeared content to kick a field goal after reaching the Utah 22-yard line. But Houston fumbled when hit by safety Morgan Scalley, and Parker grabbed it and raced down the right sideline for the clinching score.
Utah converted two of Colorado State's four first-half turnovers into a 14-7 halftime lead, including Dodds' recovery in the end zone of a fumbled pitchout from Van Pelt to Houston. Brandon Warfield, the nation's No. 3 rusher who finished with 78 yards, scored on a 10-yard run.
Justin Holland replaced Van Pelt and drove the Rams 80 yards for a score. Holland was 6-of-7 passing on the drive, including his 4-yarder to a diving David Anderson for the TD.
Quarterback Alex Smith's 1-yard sneak put Utah ahead 21-7 late in the third