In the Colorado locker room on Friday night, the music was cranked up as players danced and hopped around, celebrating their 38-16 win against UCLA.

Even head coach Mike MacIntyre joined in, showing off his dance moves, to the delight of his players.

At 4-0 for the first time in 20 years, the Buffaloes (1-0 in Pac-12 play) are having a lot of fun, but what seems to be making this team different from a year ago is that they know the secret to enjoying those locker room celebrations.

"Just continue to work hard every single day," senior receiver Jay MacIntyre said. "Celebrate this one tonight and then put it behind us tomorrow. Continue to strive to be better and better each day, because we can't get satisfied and we're not going to."

Buffs head coach Mike MacIntyre, right, talks with UCLA’s Chip Kelly after CU’s 38-16 victory on Friday night. "The main thing I’ve
Buffs head coach Mike MacIntyre, right, talks with UCLA's Chip Kelly after CU's 38-16 victory on Friday night. "The main thing I've seen is just their brotherhood," MacIntyre said. (Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer)

In 2016, CU set a goal of winning the Pac-12 and got close, winning the South division to get to the title game. Setting the goal was important, but so was not focusing on the big picture every day. That team had the ability to concentrate on the opponent in front of them.

Four weeks into this season, the Buffaloes are showing that same characteristic.

"Going 1-0 every week is the goal," redshirt freshman tackle William Sherman said.

The one game at a time mantra is cliché, but not always easy to do. CU didn't have the same focus a year ago, and it often showed during a 5-7 season.

This year, the Buffs haven't been perfect, but they've taken care of business every week.


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"I think we really do a good job and have been doing a good job this year of taking it one step at a time and not looking ahead to who we're playing next or looking ahead to going to a bowl game or doing all that stuff," quarterback Steven Montez said. "The guys are really in the moment and just figuring out we need to take it one step at a time if we want to start stacking wins on top of each other.

"I think our guys do a great job studying. They do a great job practicing and hopefully they keep it up."

Team chemistry has helped the Buffs stay on task. Head coach Mike MacIntyre said players' parents, the players themselves and people within the athletic department have noticed the bond of the Buffs.

"The main thing I've seen is just their brotherhood," MacIntyre said. "It's really unique. Nobody is getting on each other, everybody is helping each other, nobody is panicking and everybody is just playing. Same with the coaching staff. It's a unique thing to see.

"We'll have some hard situations ahead and, hopefully, we'll be able to fight right through those and do the same thing again."

Seeing the fruits of their labors has allowed the Buffs to enjoy some locker room celebrations after each game, but knowing two-thirds of the season still remains has kept them locked in when it's time to go to work.

Starting 4-0 is nice, but the Buffs still need two more wins to reach bowl eligibility, and a lot more than that to challenge for the Pac-12 title — and perhaps more.

"We still really haven't done anything," Sherman said. "We're just 1-0 in conference, so we still have a lot of work to be done."

Brian Howell: howellb@dailycamera.com, on Twitter: @BrianHowell33.