Colorado State not playing with desperation

Posted by ESPN.com’s Graham Watson

Colorado State coach Steve Fairchild wouldn’t call Saturday’s game against UNLV a must-win, even though both teams need a win to keep slim hopes for bowl eligibility alive.

The Rams and the Rebels are both 3-6 and hoping to salvage their seasons.

“One game’s not defining anything,” Fairchild said. “We’re more interested in how we operate around here in practice and attitude and work ethic and those types of things. More of the process. The results will take care of themselves.”

The results haven’t been there for Colorado State. After a strong start, which included a season-opening win against rival Colorado, the Rams have lost their last six, including all five of their Mountain West Conference games.

The offense, which was firing on all cylinders early in the season, has sputtered of late and Fairchild even used two quarterbacks in last week’s loss to Air Force in an attempt to find a spark.

Fairchild said on the Mountain West teleconference this week that fifth-year senor Grant Stucker, who has started every game this season, would continue to be the starter, but that Jon Eastman might see some time depending on how the game goes.

Since losing close games to Idaho and Utah at the beginning of October, Colorado State hasn’t been real competitive. The Rams have lost by an average of 23.3 points in their past three games. However, Fairchild said the team hasn’t strayed in practice. The work ethic is still there as is the drive to turn the season around.

“We’ve had good attitudes, we’ve had good work ethic and tempo at practice,” Fairchild said. “We’re just not making enough plays right now. We’re not consistent enough. Again, if we maintain what we’re doing on the practice field, I’m confident that we’re going to push through this.”