A look back at some of the memorable moments in Colorado football history for the week of Sept. 7-13:
1971 – Sept. 11, Colorado 31, No. 9 Louisiana State 21: In a stunning upset to kick off the season, the Buffs went to Baton Rouge, La., and ran all over the favored Tigers. In his CU debut, running back Charlie Davis ran for 174 yards and two touchdowns, including a 47-yarder that gave the Buffs a 31-14 lead in the fourth quarter. Cliff Branch added a 75-yard punt return for touchdown and John Stearns led the defense with two interceptions. CU, coached by Eddie Crowder, started the season 5-0 and finished 10-2, ranked No. 3 in the country.
1975 – Sept. 13, Colorado 34, California 27: Quarterback David Williams had an exceptional performance, rushing for 114 yards and two touchdowns and completed 9-of-15 passes for 108 yards and another score. The win kick-started a 9-3 season for CU.
1977 – Sept. 10, No. 12 Colorado 27, Stanford 21: Linebacker Brian Cabral recorded a remarkable 25 tackles, while James Mayberry led the offense with 152 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. CU finished the year at 7-3-1, its third consecutive winning season under coach Bill Mallory.
1981 – Sept. 12, Colorado 45, Texas Tech 27: This was not a good CU team (3-8), but Walter Stanley turned in one of the great individual performances in Buffs’ history. The speedy receiver – and father of current Buffs’ receiver Dimitri Stanley – caught five passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns of 87 and 74 yards. He also had a 70-yard punt return for touchdown.
1982 – Sept. 11, California 31, Colorado 17: This one was memorable for one reason: the debut of Bill McCartney as head coach. It took three years to get rolling, but McCartney became the greatest coach in CU history. Individually, it was a breakout game for senior linebacker Ray Cone. He had just one career tackle before 1982, but recorded 16 against Cal. He finished the season with 183, a single-season school record that still stands.
1996 – Sept. 7, No. 5 Colorado 48, Colorado State 34: In the last Rocky Mountain Showdown played in Fort Collins, the Buffs were dominant, especially on offense, rolling up 645 yards. Koy Detmer completed 31 of 42 passes for 364 yards and two touchdowns and Herchell Troutman ran for 184 yards. CU moved to 2-0 en route to a 10-2 season.
2001 and 2013 – Sept 13: No games were played and that was significant. On Sept. 13 of 2001, CU’s game at Washington State, to be played two days later, was canceled because of the terrorist attacks on the United States two days earlier. The two teams made up the game in 2004, ironically on Sept. 11. In 2013, the 100-year flood that hit the Boulder area caused a game against Fresno State, scheduled for Sept. 14 at Folsom Field, to be canceled. That game was rescheduled for this fall, but canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
2018 – Sept. 8, Colorado 33, Nebraska 28: In the first game between the long-time rivals since 2010, CU went to Lincoln, Neb., and stunned the Cornhuskers. Steven Montez threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Laviska Shenault with 66 seconds to play to give the Buffs the lead and they held on in the final seconds. Montez threw for 351 yards and three touchdowns, Shenault caught 10 passes for 177 yards and also ran for a touchdown, and Jay MacIntyre added two touchdown catches. Nate Landman (14 tackles, interception) and Mustafa Johnson (10 tackles, 2 sacks) led the defense.
2019 – Sept. 7, Colorado 34, No. 25 Nebraska 31 (OT): For the second year in a row, the Buffs stunned their rivals. This time, at Folsom Field, CU rallied from a 17-0 halftime deficit and got a 34-yard field goal from James Stefanou in overtime. Nebraska missed a field goal in overtime to spark the celebration. Montez threw for 375 yards and two touchdowns, including a 96-yard flea-flicker to KD Nixon – the longest passing play in CU history. Jaren Mangham added two touchdown runs and Mustafa Johnson had three sacks and eight tackles.