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CU RB Rodney Stewart (5) scores touchdown in the 4th quarter of the game against Washington State at Folsom Field on Saturday. Washington State won 31-27. Hyoung Chang / The Denver Post
CU RB Rodney Stewart (5) scores touchdown in the 4th quarter of the game against Washington State at Folsom Field on Saturday. Washington State won 31-27. Hyoung Chang / The Denver Post

A look back at some of the memorable moments in Colorado football history for the week of Sept. 28-Oct. 4:

1924 – Oct. 4, Colorado 31, Western State 0: This was the final game for CU at Gamble Field, the program’s home since 1898. Gamble Field had a capacity of only about 9,000 fans on temporary bleachers. The next week, CU opened Folsom Field. CU had a 64-14-6 record at Gamble, which was named for Harry Gamble, who played six seasons (1891-96) and was a two-time captain.

1937 – Oct. 2, Colorado 14, Missouri 6: The Buffs kicked off Byron “Whizzer” White’s senior season with a win against Missouri. Ervin Cheney scored both touchdowns, but White was dazzling all day. White had several big runs that fooled Missouri. He also had big gains on punt returns, completed several passes, kicked two extra points and booted an 83-yard punt that still stands as a CU record.

1956 – Sept. 29, Colorado 34, Kansas State 0: Rebounding from a 35-0 loss to Oregon in the opener, the Buffs routed the Wildcats at Folsom Field. CU lead 7-0 at halftime, but in the third quarter, Howard Cook picked off a K-State pass and then threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to Boyd Dowler. Then, Cook recovered a K-State fumble and following with a touchdown pass to Jerry Leahy. The win kicked off a five-game win streak for a CU team that went 8-2-1 and played in its first Orange Bowl.

1961 – Sept. 30, Colorado 24, Oklahoma State 0: In the season opener at Folsom Field, the Buffs and head coach Sonny Grandelius rolled past the Cowboys. Jerry Hillebrand caught a 40-yard touchdown pass and kicked a 54-yard field goal, while Ted Woods had an 82-yard punt return for touchdown. CU went on to a 9-2 season.

1966 – Oct. 1, No. 20 Colorado 10, Kansas State 0: The 20th-ranked Buffs backed up an upset of No. 10 Baylor the week before with a shutout of the Wildcats. John Farler scored the only touchdown for the Buffs. While it wasn’t a great performance, this game was known as the first in which “Ralphie,” CU’s live buffalo mascot, would run. It wasn’t until the next year, however, that the program was endorsed by CU.

1969 – Oct. 4, Colorado 30, Indiana 7: At 1-1 and coming off a 27-3 loss to Penn State, coach Eddie Crowder decided to make a big change. He moved star quarterback Bobby Anderson to running back, but didn’t reveal the change until the game started. Anderson rushed for 161 yards and three touchdowns. He would remain at running back the rest of the year, earn All-American honors and lead CU to an 8-3 record.

1974 – Sept. 28, Colorado 24, No. 11 Wisconsin 21: First-year head coach Bill Mallory came in at 0-2, with both losses to top-10 teams (LSU, Michigan). In this one, the Buffs led 10-0, fell behind 21-10, but won on Billy Waddy’s 5-yard touchdown run. Waddy rushed for 151 yards in helping Mallory to his first win.

1975 – Oct. 4, No. 1 Oklahoma 21, No. 19 Colorado 20: Colorado has never defeated a No. 1 team, but came close on this day. Waddy caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from David Williams with 1:23 to play, but the Buffs missed the tying extra point. Oklahoma came in on a 32-game unbeaten streak (31-0-1) since a loss at CU in 1972 and rank the streak to 37 games (36-0-1).

1985 – Sept. 28, Colorado 14, Arizona 13: In CU’s first season running the wishbone offense under coach Bill McCartney, they went on the road for the first time and picked up a big victory. The Buffs ran for 301 yards and Lyle Pickens intercepted an Arizona pass with 1:13 to play to seal the win.

1989 – Sept. 30, No. 5 Colorado 45, No. 21 Washington 28: Playing for the first time the death of quarterback Sal Aunese a week earlier, the emotional Buffs dominated the Huskies. The Buffs led 38-6 after three quarters and rushed for 420 yards as a team. Eric Bieniemy had two touchdown runs and JJ Flannigan added 85 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

1994 – Oct. 1, No. 5 Colorado 34, No. 16 Texas 31: In Austin, Texas., the undefeated Buffs knocked off the Longhorns after Neil Voskeritchian’s 24-yard field goal with 1 second to play. Herchell Troutman ran for three scores, but the spotlight belonged to Rashaan Salaam. The 1994 Heisman winner had his finest performance, as he rushed for 317 yards and produced 362 yards in total offense – a school record that still stands.

1995 – Sept. 30, No. 4 Colorado 38, No. 10 Oklahoma 17: Quarterback John Hessler, who came into the season as the backup, but replaced injured starter Koy Detmer a week earlier at Texas A&M, was sensational against the Sooners. Hessler threw for 348 yards and five touchdowns – a school record at the time. He would tie that record five weeks later.

1996 – Sept. 28, No. 12 Colorado 24, Texas A&M 10: In the first game of the Big 12 era – the conference expanded from the Big Eight during the summer – the Buffs got a road win at College Station, Texas. Detmer threw a pair of touchdown passes to help the Buffs rebound from a loss to Michigan two weeks earlier.

2007 – Sept. 29, Colorado 27, No. 3 Oklahoma 24: The biggest win of the Dan Hawkins era came in surprising fashion. CU came into the matchup at Folsom Field at 2-2, but fresh off a 42-0 win over Miami of Ohio. The Buffs trailed 24-7 in the third quarter, but Cody Hawkins threw a pair of fourth quarter touchdown passes to tie the game at 24-24 with 4:05 to go. Then, as time expired, Kevin Eberhart drilled a 45-yard field goal.

2011 – Oct. 1, Washington State 31, Colorado 27: Not a great result for CU, but it marked the beginning of a new era as the game at Folsom Field was the first Pac-12 Conference matchup. The Buffs led 27-17 after a 1-yard Rodney Stewart touchdown with 5:11 to play, but gave up two Cougars touchdowns in the closing minutes, including the game-winner with 1:10 to play.

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