- Associated Press - Saturday, August 30, 2014

DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Buffaloes got the start they wanted, they just didn’t get the finish they hoped.

Colorado jumped out to a 10-0 lead and had everything going its way. Once the Colorado State running game revved up, the Rams dominated.

Transfer Dee Hart rushed for 139 yards and two touchdowns in his Colorado State debut to help the Rams rally for a 31-17 win over Colorado on Friday night.

Colorado State’s Treyous Jarrells finished with 121 yards, giving the Rams two 100-yard running backs in a game for the first time since 1996.

“We started fast and it didn’t execute as well as we wanted to in the second half,” said freshman Shay Fields, who finished with a game-high eight catches. “We couldn’t make the adjustments we needed to. It’s kind of disappointing, we had some chances and didn’t execute.”

After Colorado State trailed most of the game, Garrett Grayson put the Rams on top for good with a 16-yard TD pass to Rashard Higgins early in the fourth quarter. Hart extended the lead minutes later with a 3-yard rush as the Rams beat the Buffs for a second time in three seasons.

Sefo Liufau threw for 241 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Nelson Spruce for Colorado.

“Their running game got going and that’s going to spark your team,” Liufau said. “We were picking them apart for the most part, we just couldn’t finish drives.”

Spruce is taking the place of electric receiver Paul Richardson, who was drafted by Seattle. Spruce may not have Richardson’s blazing speed, but has the ability to find space and catch about anything thrown to him. That’s why Liufau called Spruce his “safety blanket.”

It’s not like Spruce doesn’t have speed, though, as he showed when he deked Colorado State cornerback DeAndre Elliott at the line of scrimmage and hauled in a 54-yard TD pass in the first quarter.

That long play caught the attention of Richardson. He wrote on his Twitter account shortly after the play “that young man is a baller.”

The Buffaloes didn’t utilize the passing game near the goal line early in the second quarter. They had a first down at the Rams’ 2 and opted to run the ball three straight times before settling for a 23-yard field goal.

The Rams used that goal-line stand to turn the momentum behind its running game.

“They did a good job running the ball, time of possession, keeping it away from us,” Liufau said. “Wait until the shot clock got down to the last two, three seconds. It definitely hurt us in our rhythm game.”

Hart spent three seasons at Alabama, where he appeared in 17 games and carried the ball 43 times for 172 yards. He joined the Rams this fall as a graduate student and instantly vaulted to the top of the depth chart.

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