The Buffs will welcome future conference rivals Washington State, Oregon, USC and Arizona to Boulder next fall. But first, interim head coach Brian Cabral and the 2010 CU team close out the home chapter of the program`s Big 12 story on Saturday against Kansas State.
Here is the Camera`s look back at the top 12 Big 12 games played at Folsom Field.
1. Nov. 23, 2001 -- Colorado 62, Nebraska 36.
All you have to do is say "62-36" and die-hard CU fans can recall where they were on this date when the Buffs stunned the college football world by absolutely thrashing No.
Chris Brown parted the red sea for six touchdowns as the Buffs ended a nine-game skid against the Cornhuskers en route to the program`s first and only Big 12 championship (a 39-37 upset of Texas eight days later).
2. Sept. 29, 2007 -- Colorado 27, Oklahoma 24.
At the time it felt like Dan Hawkins` watershed moment at CU. It ended up being one of the former head coach`s only shining moments during a painful 19-39 run over five seasons.
After trailing the No. 3 Sooners 24-7 in the third quarter the Buffs scored the final 20 points, capped with Kevin Eberhart's 45-yard field goal, to pull off the remarkable comeback.
3. Oct. 5, 2002 -- Colorado 35, Kansas State 31.
Unlikely hero Robert Hodge, who started for an ailing Craig Ochs (concussion), threw for 289 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Buffs tothe upset of the No. 13 Wildcats. The win propelled CU to its second consecutive North Division title.
Brown (167 yards, two touchdowns) and K-State`s Darren Sproles (121 yards, three touchdowns) put on a show in a matchup of future NFL tailbacks.
4. Nov. 23, 2007 -- Colorado 65, Nebraska 51.
Blackshirts? Not on this day as the rivals combined for 116 points, 1,128 yards and 54 first downs.
Hawkins` Buffs were able to turn a 35-24 deficit into a 58-35 lead over Bill Callahan`s Huskers. CU rushed for 277 yards in the game.
5. Oct. 9, 1999 -- Colorado 46, Missouri 39.
The Buffs escaped with a dramatic victory over the Tigers in the first overtime game ever played at Folsom Field.
CU finished Gary Barnett`s first season with a 7-5 record, including a 62-28 victory over Boston College in the Insight.com Bowl.
6. Nov. 16, 1996 -- Colorado 12, Kansas State 0.
The No. 6 Buffs posted a shutout over the No. 9 Wildcats in a battle of top-10 North Division rivals.
The victory put CU in position to win the inaugural Big 12 championship, but after a 17-12 loss at Nebraska in the next game, Rick Neuheisel`s team settled for the Holiday Bowl.
7. Oct. 11, 2003 -- Colorado 50, Kansas 47.
The Buffs survived a wild offensive thriller in overtime, rallying from deficits of 7-0, 35-24, 38-30 and 44-38 in a wide-open game that featured a combined 1,184 yards of offense (598 by CU).
Brian Calhoun ran a game-winning touchdown in after KU had kicked a field goal on its overtime possession.
8. Oct. 17, 2009 -- Colorado 34, Kansas 30.
CU cornerback Cha`pelle Brown, 5-7, broke up a Todd Reesing pass in the end zone on the final play of the game as the Buffs upset the defending Orange Bowl champions and 15th-ranked Jayhawks.
Rodney Stewart rushed for 108 yards and two touchdowns during CU`s only victory over Kansas in the final five Big 12 meetings between the teams. We won`t mention what happened against the Jayhawks this season.
9. Oct. 16, 2004 -- Colorado 19, Iowa State 14.
Mason Crosby gave field goal kickers a good name during his brilliant CU career. On this afternoon the future Green Bay Packer booted four field goals -- including a 60-yarder and a 54-yarder -- to lift the Buffs to a special (teams) victory over the Cyclones.
10. Oct. 14, 2006 -- Colorado 30, Texas Tech 6.
After starting the Hawkins era 0-6, including an opening day home loss to Montana State, the offensively-challenged Buffs rose up and dominated Mike Leach`s high-scoring Red Raiders. CU quarterback Bernard Jackson was carried off Folsom Field by the student body after rushing for a touchdown and passing for two others.
11. Oct. 26, 1996 -- Colorado 28, Texas 24.
The Buffs welcomed the Longhorns to Boulder for the first time as Big 12 foes and pulled out a victory en route to a 10-2 season under Neuheisel.
12. Nov. 13, 2010 -- Colorado 34, Iowa State 14.
This game has to make the list because it represented a new beginning for the program and was a great testament to the character of Cody Hawkins and the Cabral-led coaching staff. Following the firing of Dan Hawkins, the Buffs played inspired football as Cody threw for 266 yards and three touchdowns and the defense sacks the Cyclone quarterbacks eight times.
An emotional Cabral picked up his first victory as a head coach after serving the program for over two decades as a loyal assistant.