The 'Jim McElwain' era began in the win column yesterday, as the new coach became the first to win in his Colorado State (1-0) debut in more than 70 years, topping Colorado (0-1) 22-17 yesterday at Sports Authority Field in Denver. The Rams fell behind 14-3, but came back late to top the Buffaloes on a pair of 4th quarter field goals.

CSU'S Garret Grayson completed 14 of 21 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns and Jared Roberts kicked two fourth-quarter field goals after the Rams had fallen behind 17-16.

McElwain, the former offensive coordinator at defending national champion Alabama, became the first Rams coach to win his debut since Jerry Wampfler in 1970. None of other 12 Rams coaches who have faced Colorado had ever beaten the Buffs on their first try.

The Rams return to Fort Collins next Saturday (9/8) to host North Dakota State at Hughes Stadium.