After 11th straight loss to Boise State, maybe Steve Addazio needs to …

FORT COLLINS — Maybe Steve Addazio needs to try coaching the rest of the season by speed. From Cape Cod.

Hey, it’s a small sample size, we’ll grant you. But isn’t it funny? The farther the Daz was from his CSU football players on Saturday night, the leaner, meaner and better the Rams generally looked.

First quarter, with Daz in the press box nursing what the sports communication staff described in a news release as a “lower leg injury”: Rams 13, Boise State 0.

Second quarter, Daz nevertheless in the press box: Rams 16, Boise State 7.

Final, Daz down on the sideline: Boise State 28, Rams 19.

“Tale of two halves,” Addazio said after his CSU squad dropped its second straight heartbreaker on Saturday night, this one at Canvas Stadium, and its 11th in a row to the Broncos, all-time, without a win. “We had our opportunities.”

Here’s the good news: If the Rams’ coaching staff spends more time in the coming days working on red zone plays and less of it reading average tweets, they’ve got a shot at hanging on to the Bronze Boot.

The bad: New week. Same culprits.

Special teams mistakes. Ill-timed penalties. Chip-shot field goals where touchdowns should’ve been. Explosion pass plays going over defenders’ heads. Opponents marching on long drives — two 97-yarders, in this case. Enough little things (again) that combined (again) to overshadow a strong night (again) by quarterback Todd Centeio (276 passing yards, 65 rushing yards).

The Rams (3-5) are about six or seven plays away from bowl eligibility. But they’re also three wins short with only four games left on the docket. November looms, and the calendar doesn’t care how many times you’ve come close.

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