Colorado’s Nick Fisher breaks up a pass against California on Saturday at Folsom Field.
Colorado's Nick Fisher breaks up a pass against California on Saturday at Folsom Field. (Cliff Grassmick/Daily Camera)
Even as Nick Fisher was sprinting down the sidelines en route to the first touchdown of his college career, the Colorado safety knew his head coach wouldn't be overly thrilled with the play.

Fisher put an exclamation point on CU's 44-28 win against California on Saturday with his 100-yard interception return for touchdown, but it never should have happened.

"Looking back , I should have either just took a knee in the end zone or just took a knee at the 1 or slide at the 1," he said. "That whole play took about 15 seconds and didn't really run any time off the clock."

Fisher scored with 2 minutes, 34 seconds left in the game, and it gave the Buffs a 44-21 lead. It essentially put an end to the game.

However, Fisher intercepted the pass nine yards deep in the end zone. He had simply taken a knee, CU could have run out the clock, because Cal was out of timeouts.

"(The Bears) weren't probably going to win either way, but they could have got an onsides, thrown a hail Mary," MacIntyre said. "Great play, and (Fisher) has really made some big plays for us, I'm proud of him. We just have to know the situation better."

Cal, in fact, did come back and score a touchdown and tried an onsides kick, but the Buffs recovered and ran out the clock.

Fisher said he realized during the return that he probably should have just taken a knee in the end zone, but said, "When I was at the 50, I was like, 'Well at least if I score maybe Mac won't get so upset.


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The NFL would have recognized the play as a 109-yard return, which is the longest possible play in football. College statistics are different in only recognizing it as a 100-yard return. Thus, it will always be one of the longest plays in CU history.

"Twenty years from now, he'll see me and say, 'I'm still in the record book, coach,'" MacIntyre joked.

Fisher's return was the fourth 100-yard interception return in CU history, and the first in 21 years. The others came from Dick Kearns in 1938, Johnny Zeigler in 1942 and Steve Rosga in 1996.

Overall, it was the 11th 100-yard play in CU history, including seven kickoff returns.

"I've ran 100 yards before," he said. "But, when I got down to midfield, I'm like, 'When is the end zone?' When I got there, I was so out of breath, I couldn't do anything, but just stand there."

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33.