Two of the most memorable wins in the history of Colorado football have come in the past 10 years, and both ended with fans spilling out of the stands onto the field to celebrate with their team.
The 2001 triumph in the regular season finale against rival Nebraska, which came into the game ranked No. 1 in the nation and left 26-point losers was one of those games, and conquering No. 3 Oklahoma in 2007 was the other.
When fans came out of the stands at the end of the 2001 game, it was somewhat unexpected. It was an historic moment worthy of such a reaction. One could argue those victories were enriched by the emotional outpouring from the fans.
Wins have been harder to come by of late in Boulder and it seems fans are storming the field with much more regularity these days -- cheapening the act and making it almost a cliché for which the program is becoming known. Colorado's victory over a 1-4 Georgia program last weekend is the latest example. Have Buffs fans no standards anymore?
The charge is generally led by the students in the south end of the stadium and the overwhelming majority of those who do storm the field appear to be students, but there are plenty of nonstudents who jump the railings as well.
At one point during the win over Georgia, CU students broke into an "F--- you, Georgia" chant during Saturday's game. The sight of those same folks coming overthe railing after the game was probably disconcerting, at least, to Georgia players and coaches.
Colorado and the Big 12 do not probihit fans from coming on the field after the game. The policy of both the school and the conference is to protect the visiting team and the officiating crew. It could be described as a passive-aggressive approach. CU allows it while saying its goal is for no one to get hurt.
"The way that we are built we are not trying to stop it," said Tom McGann, director of game management and operations for CU. "We are not actively trying to stop it. What we look to do is set a presence where hopefully if they`re deciding and it`s not a 'We`re doing it` thing, maybe we can stop it. But if they`re going to come -- and we knew they were going to come in this game -- we`re basically there to have no one get hurt and make sure no one interacts with the visiting team."
Colorado does not anticipate any change to its policy when it begins play in the Pac-12 next season.
Current Pac-10 rules are similar to the Big 12 approach, but do require that no fans are allowed on the field until 5 minutes after the game ends. McGann admitted that might be hard to enforce.
The Southeastern Conference has a strict prohibition on fans storming the field. Schools are fined in progressively larger amounts each time it happens.
McGann said he stands on the south end of the visiting sideline at the end of every game with several security guards. When the game ends, they immediately attempt to position themselves between any fans coming on the field and visiting players and officials.
McGann said it is a balancing act and the school and athletic department are very much of aware of the risks, but there are risks when fighting the fans, too. McGann wasn`t working for CU in 2006 when the Buffs won for the first time that season in the seventh game of the year against Texas Tech and fans stormed the field.
Two fans suffered serious injuries -- a broken shoulder and broken leg -- in scuffles with security trying to prevent them from getting on the field.
Coach Dan Hawkins said he is mindful of the need for respect and safety for opposing players, coaches and the officiating crew, but he also appreciate the passion and enthusiasm of CU fans. He said storming Folsom Field after wins is becoming a tradition in Boulder.
"To me it`s just become sort of a tradition here a little bit," Hawkins said. "I think our student section is pretty dynamic and a big part of Folsom Field. I think it`s become more of a tradition and a fun thing and I hope it continues to stay like that."
CU`s Beatty named
defensive player of week
CU linebacker B.J. Beatty was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week for his part in the game-winning play against Georgia. Beatty stripped running back Caleb King of the football after the Bulldogs had driven into field goal position with less than 2 minutes remaining.
Hawkins called the strip "huge." Beatty ranks fifth in the Big 12 with 6½ tackles for loss.
"He`s just got a nonstop motor and then he just has the ability to kind of dissect things and make plays," Hawkins said.
Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said sophomore defensive end Aldon Smith will not play against the Buffs. Smith suffered a broken fibula in his right leg three weeks ago and has not healed sufficiently.
Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller earned All-America honors last season when he led the nation in sacks with 17 and ranked fifth nationally in tackles for loss.
Miller hasn`t registered his first sack yet this season and does not appear among the top 20 defenders who have recorded tackles for loss this season. Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman said he told Miller he probably wouldn`t have the same statistics this season because teams would be more aware of him this year.
"He`s actually playing better, in my mind, than he did a year ago," Sherman said. "The sacks are a little bit of a misnomer."
41 -- The percentage of time the Missouri defense allows a first down on third downs. It`s a number worth mentioning this week because Colorado is second in the league converting 50 percent of its third downs offensively.
The Nebraska defense already has 10 interceptions, which is more than Texas, Kansas and Kansas State combined. Two of those teams have played five games while the Huskers have played four. ...
This week`s Nebraska-Kansas State game might be over in 2½ hours. The teams rank first and second respectively in the conference in rushing, averaging more than 215 yards per game, which ought to keep the clocks moving. ...
Want to know why Texas is 3-2? The Longhorns are 10th in the league in rushing, 10th in scoring and ninth in total offense. Plus, they rank 11th in third-down conversions and have turned the ball over five more times than they have taken it away from opponents.
Who is hot?
The Colorado running game with two consecutive weeks racking more than 200 yards on the ground. The Buffs now lead the league in time of possession, keeping the ball more than 33 minutes each game.
Who is not?
Texas, for the reasons outlined above.
Commit for Buffs
Scout.com reported Monday night that Alex Kelley, a 6-3, 295-pound center from Vista, Calif., has committed to Colorado. Kelley is rated a three-star recruit by Scout.
CU-Baylor TV, time set
Fox College Sports (Central) will televise the Oct. 16 Baylor at Colorado game, with the kickoff time set for 5 p.m.
Kansas State 1-0 4-0
Iowa State 1-1 3-2
Missouri 0-0 4-0
Nebraska 0-0 4-0
Colorado 0-0 3-1
Kansas 0-1 2-3
Oklahoma 1-0 5-0
Oklahoma State 1-0 4-0
Baylor 1-0 4-1
Texas 1-1 3-2
Texas A&M 0-1 3-1
Texas Tech 0-2 2-2
Nebraska at Kansas St., 5:30 p.m., ESPN
Okla. St. at La.-Lafayette, 7 p.m., ESPN2
Saturday, Oct. 9
Texas Tech vs. Baylor, 10 a.m.
Arkansas vs. Texas A&M, 1:30 p.m.
Utah at Iowa State, 5 p.m.
Colorado at Missouri, 5 p.m., FSN