SALT LAKE CITY — Larry Zimmer's brilliant run has come to an end.

On Saturday, the long-time KOA broadcaster left the booth for the final time after Colorado's 20-14 loss to Utah at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

"I was really hoping I could go out with a Colorado win," Zimmer said.

That wasn't in the cards for Zimmer, 80, but he nonetheless looked back with pride after 42 seasons at KOA and 50 overall.

"The fact that I can look back on a half century of doing college football is very, very special to me," said Zimmer, whose first game 50 years ago was a tilt between Michigan and Oregon State.

Zimmer's career included coverage of a variety of sports, including college hockey, the Denver Rockets of the American Basketball Association and several seasons of broadcasting Denver Broncos games.

Zimmer was most well-known for his 42 seasons in the CU booth. He handled play-by-play duties for years before moving to the analyst role, alongside Mark Johnson, in 2004.

Saturday was the 486th CU game of Zimmer's career.

"During the broadcast, it hit me several times that this is the last time I'm going to be doing this, and the last time I'm going to be sitting in the booth," Zimmer said.

He said he had the same feelings as went through game preparation this week and as he packed up his briefcase after the game.

"It was really a very interesting feeling," he said.

While Zimmer is done at KOA, he said he still hopes to be around CU, and he has a book he has already started writing.


"I've had a lot of great experiences in my career," he said.

Saturday was one he'll never forget.

Brian Howell:, on Twitter: @BrianHowell33.