Colorado State opened the scoring following a 14-yard touchdown run from running back Darran Hall, giving CSU an early 7-0 lead. Scott Knickman got Missouri on the board after he drilled a 32-yard field goal, getting Missouri within 7-3. In the second quarter, Missouri scored on a 4-yard touchdown run from quarterback Corby Jones, giving the Tigers a 10-7 lead.
Colorado State quarterback Moses Moreno found wide receiver Corey McCoy for a 22-yard touchdown pass, and Colorado State reclaimed the lead at 14-10. Missouri's Ernest Blackwell scored on a 7-yard touchdown run, again shifting the lead to the Tigers, 17-14.
In the third quarter, Colorado State reclaimed the lead following an 85-yard punt return from Darren Hall, putting the Rams up 21-17. Moses Moreno later found wide receiver Dallas Davis on a 47-yard pass to increase Colorado State's lead to 28-17. Missouri's Brock Olivo scored on a 3-yard touchdown run, pulling Missouri to within 28-24. Ryan Eslinger's 23-yard touchdown run gave Colorado State a 35-24 lead, and the final score held up.