|Colorado State Rams football|
2019 Colorado State Rams
|Head coach||Mike Bobo|
|4th year, 24–27 (.471)|
|Home stadium||Canvas Stadium|
|Field||Sonny Lubick Field|
|Year built||August 2017|
|Stadium surface||Shaw Sports Turf - Power Blade Elite|
|Location||Fort Collins, Colorado, U.S.|
|All-time record||526–585–33 (.474)|
|Postseason bowl record||6–11 (.353)|
|Rivalries||Colorado Buffaloes (rivalry)|
Wyoming Cowboys (rivalry)
Air Force Falcons (rivalry)
|Consensus All-Americans||Template:American college football All-Americans|
|Colors||Green and Gold
|Fight song||"Stalwart Rams"|
|Mascot||CAM the Ram|
The Colorado State Rams football team represents Colorado State University located in Fort Collins, Colorado. The Rams are a member of the NCAA FBS Mountain West Conference and play their home games at Canvas Stadium in Fort Collins. The Rams (as of 2019) are currently coached by Mike Bobo.
Colorado State football dates back to 1893, when the school was known as Colorado Agricultural University and official nickname adopted on its formation, as well as for all of the other sports in the university's athletic program, was branded the "Aggies". Its first football coach was W. J. Forbes, who led the team in 1899 to a 1–2–1 record. He was succeeded by George Toomey in 1900, who led the Aggies to a record of 1–3.
Harry W. Hughes accepted the position of athletic director and head football coach at Colorado Agricultural University in 1911 and turned a winless team in 1911 into conference champions and an undefeated record in 1915. Hughes also helped build Colorado Field, the first sodded football field in Colorado history, replacing Durkee Field (1899–1911). Colorado Field was the home of the Colorado Aggies (the school, team and athletic program would again rebrand themselves, now as the Colorado A&M Aggies in 1935) and the Colorado State Rams, (the school's present name and athletic program's present nickname, which it rebranded itself to in 1957) from 1912 to 1967.
Harry Hughes won eight conference championships in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in 1915, 1916, 1919, 1920, 1925, 1927, 1933, and 1934. He was a member of the NCAA National Rules Committee beginning in 1926 until his retirement. Hughes coached the Aggies from 1911 to 1941 in football and remained as the Athletic Director until his retirement in 1953. In the early 1930s Hughes was given the nickname "Dean of American Football Coaches" by sportswriters and fellow coaches for his many seasons at one school. He was famously known as one of the most fair and sportsmanlike football coaches in America. He coached football from 1911 to 1941 and after resigning as football coach in 1946, he remained as the school's Athletic Director until 1953. Upon his retirement he was inducted into the Helms Football Hall of Fame on Harry Hughes Day, November 8, 1952.
Known as a tough but fair coach, Hughes was a strict disciplinarian who developed a play in 1914 known as the Million Dollar Play. This triple pass was an end around play based on the single wing formation and helped Hughes lead his teams to national fame. Some of Hughes' greatest players were Ralph "Sag" Robinson (All-American Honorable Mention 1916), Kenneth Hyde (1925 All-American 3rd team) and Glenn Morris (1936 US Olympic Decathlon Gold Medal winner). Hughes broke the color barrier in modern Colorado football in 1939 when he played John Mosley between 1939 and 1942.
The Rams have won fifteen conference championships, eight occurring during their tenure in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, one in the Skyline Conference, three in their time in the Western Athletic Conference, and three in their current conference, the Mountain West Conference.
|Conference titles won|
|Year||Conference||Head Coach||Overall record||Conf. record|
|1915||Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference||Harry W. Hughes||7–0||7–0|
|1916||Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference||Harry W. Hughes||6–0–1||6–0–1|
|1919||Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference||Harry W. Hughes||7–1||n/a|
|1920||Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference||Harry W. Hughes||6–1–1||6–0–1|
|1925||Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference||Harry W. Hughes||9–1||8–0|
|1927||Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference||Harry W. Hughes||7–1||7–1|
|1933||Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference||Harry W. Hughes||5–1–1||n/a|
|1934||Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference||Harry W. Hughes||6–2–1||n/a|
|1955||Skyline Conference||Bob Davis||8–2||6–1|
|1994||Western Athletic Conference||Sonny Lubick||10–2||7–1|
|1995||Western Athletic Conference||Sonny Lubick||8–4||6–2|
|1997||Western Athletic Conference||Sonny Lubick||11–2||7–1|
|1999||Mountain West Conference||Sonny Lubick||8–4||5–2|
|2000||Mountain West Conference||Sonny Lubick||10–2||7–1|
|2002||Mountain West Conference||Sonny Lubick||10–4||6–1|
|2014||Jim McElwain; Dave Baldwin||10-3|
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