The bricks are back.
It took two games more than Colorado coach Jon Embree would have liked, but when his team defeated Colorado State on Saturday in Denver, it restored a tradition in Boulder that had been cast aside in recent years.
Former coach Bill McCartney began painting bricks with the scores of big wins outside the team's locker room in the 1980s. The tradition carried on under former coaches Rick Neuheisel and Gary Barnett and became a source of pride for the players who helped add a brick or two to the wall during their careers.
The tradition eventually moved to a wall in a hallway just outside the locker room in the Dal Ward Center and that wall was painted over under former coach Dan Hawkins.
When Embree was hired to replace Hawkins in December, he said it was a priority to him to see that the wall and the tradition were restored, but he refused to bring it back until this season's team had a brick of its own to add.
Embree's first challenge to his team when he was hired was to earn a brick. After failing to do so at Hawaii and against Cal in the first two games of the year, the Buffs finally came through against the Rams.
The bricks will begin to be painted on the wall possibly as soon as this week, Embree said.
The Buffs could earn a second brick as early as Saturday when they travel to Ohio State where they hope to end an 18-game road losing streak against the Buckeyes, who fell out of the top-25 this week for the first time in seven years.
CU hasn't won a road game since Oct. 27, 2007, at Texas Tech, and ending its skid won't be easy against the Buckeyes, but if it was easy, it wouldn't be worth a brick.
Ohio State is 54-5 at home since the start of the 2002 season.