No. 23 Utah routs Colorado St in Las Vegas Bowl |

No. 23 Utah routs Colorado St in Las Vegas Bowl

Utah quarterback Travis Wilson runs for a touchdown against Colorado State during the first half of the Las Vegas Bowl NCAA college football game Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

LAS VEGAS — What still will go down as a successful — if slightly bizarre — 2014 season for Colorado State ended in ugly fashion Saturday, as the Rams fell to the Pac-12’s Utah Utes 45-10 in the Las Vegas Bowl.

The defeat was the second in a row for the Rams after a 10-1 start landed them in the top 25 of the Associated Press and USA Today/coaches polls. In the wake of that high-water mark, the Rams sandwiched losses to Air Force and Utah around the loss of their coach, Jim McElwain, to Florida.

Offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin, who previously called plays from the press box, was on the sideline Saturday, still making the calls and also acting as interim head coach.

Official announcement of McElwain’s successor could come as soon as Monday, and while it’s possible the hiring of an outsider was inevitable, the Rams’ showing in the bowl game didn’t add to the strength of the argument to stick with Baldwin and staff stability.

Utah, 22nd in the College Football Playoff rankings, closed its season with wins over Colorado and CSU to get to 9-4. With former Wyoming coach Dave Christensen finishing up his first season as the Utes’ offensive coordinator, they had little trouble carving up the CSU defense, led 21-7 less than 10 minutes into the game and weren’t in trouble the rest of the way.

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