FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Garrett Grayson’s record-breaking night was upstaged by the right foot of his kicker.

Not that the Colorado State quarterback minded. Not that he minded even in the least.

Jared Roberts kicked a 46-yard field goal as time expired and Grayson threw for 243 yards, including a long pass to get Colorado State into field goal range, as the Rams rallied for a 16-13 win over Utah State on Saturday night.

Grayson became Colorado State’s all-time passing leader in this game, breaking the mark held by Kelly Stouffer. Grayson has now thrown for 7,250 yards in his career.

But it was Roberts who was picked up by teammates, who weaved their way through the capacity crowd that had stormed the field.

That mattered little to Grayson as his team became bowl eligible for a second straight year under coach Jim McElwain.

“My heart is still pumping,” Grayson said.

The Rams (6-1, 2-1 Mountain West) were all set to let the game go to overtime with the ball at their 12 and just 58 seconds left. That was only cemented when Dee Hart rushed for 3 yards to begin the drive.

But then Hart broke off a 17-yard gain and the Rams quickly had a change of heart. Grayson called the number of his favorite target, Rashard Higgins, sending him on a deep pattern.

With defenders blanketing him, Higgins hauled in a 46-yard completion to set the stage for Roberts.

“It’s my job to get the ball,” said Higgins, who had 10 catches for 187 yards. “I’m just doing my job.”

Same with Roberts, who tied the game on a 46-yarder with 1:50 remaining. That after missing a 47-yarder earlier in the quarter. It was weighing on him, too.

Roberts’ teammates, though, made sure he kept his head in the game.

“To have their support, it gives you confidence in yourself,” …read more