October 7, 2009
CSU has won three straight home games, and could extend that streak to four on Saturday against Utah. The game is the centerpiece of a week's worth of Homecoming and Family Weekend festivities.
The Rams could have one of their largest home crowds in at least three years for the Homecoming and Family Weekend contest - and possibly one of their largest crowds this decade. The game is the centerpiece of a week’s worth of festivities.
"Anytime we can play at home it's a great deal, and I think our students have been absolutely outstanding this year," said Head Coach Steve Fairchild.
"I can’t tell you how proud I am to walk into that stadium and have our students in the stands doing what they are doing," continued Fairchild.
The Rams embark on the second leg of their brutal conference-opening stretch. The Mountain West schedule makers gave CSU the MWC’s three preseason Top 25 teams in succession to begin the conference slate:
Based on 2008 combined winning percentage, no other team in the nation has a taller three-game hurdle to begin its conference schedule.
CSU has won three straight home games, and could extend that streak to four on Saturday.
The Rams have not lost three consecutive games with Steve Fairchild as head coach. CSU looks to get back into the win column after dropping its last two games. The two opponents to whom CSU has lost this year, BYU and Idaho, are a combined 8-2.
Colorado State plays its first MWC home game on Saturday. The Rams last year were 2-2 in Fort Collins against conference opponents.
The Rams are 11-5 in homecoming games since 1993, having won nine of the last 13 years.
Through five games, CSU is one of only five teams among 120 in the Football Bowl Subdivision to have not lost a fumble this season, joining Cincinnati, Nebraska, Idaho and Oregon State.
Oct. 23, 1909 (100 years ago) - The Colorado Aggies travel to Boulder to play the University of Colorado in their first game in the new Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. CSU remains a member of the RMAC until the formation of the Mountain States Athletic Conference (a.k.a. Skyline Conference) in 1938.
Oct. 6, 1923 - Harry Hughes and the Colorado Aggies play Amos Alonzo Stagg’s University of Chicago Maroons for the first game against a Big Ten school in CSU history.
Oct. 13, 1934 (75 years ago) - The Colorado Aggies beat the University of Denver Pioneers, 2-0, to help them to the 1934 co-conference championship. Won on a lone safety, this game remains the lowest-scoring win in school history.
Oct. 1, 1955 - The defending Skyline Conference champion University of Denver Pioneers are upset at Colorado Field when Colorado A&M’s Jerry Callahan, Gary Glick, Larry Barnes and Jerry Zaleski score two touchdowns in less than 3 minutes to win a dramatic game in their march to the 1955 conference championship.
Oct. 29, 1966 - The Wyoming Cowboys, ranked No. 10 in the nation, come to Colorado Field and lose to the CSU Rams partly because of the trick bounce pass known as the “Cowboy Special.”
Oct. 5, 1974 (35 years ago) - One of the most bizarre endings to a CSU football game in its history occurs when the Rams’ Wes Cervany recovers a late-game fumble by BYU quarterback Gary Sheide at the Cougar 15-yard line. CSU quarterback Mark Driscoll throws a touchdown pass to Willie Miller to tie the game with no time left on the clock. After an excessive-celebration penalty on the Rams backs the ball to the 17-yard line for the extra point, CSU kicker Mike Deutsch kicks the PAT to win the game. However, 30 minutes after the game, officials decide that the kick was missed and the game remained a tie.
Oct. 31, 1991 - The Rams play the first night game in Hughes Stadium history, against BYU in a nationally televised game on ESPN. It is the first college football game played under the lights in Fort Collins since 1967.
Oct. 8, 1994 (15 years ago) - The Rams, ranked 23rd in the nation and with a 6-0 record, travel to Tucson, Ariz., to take on the No. 6-ranked Arizona Wildcats. In possibly the greatest upset in school history, the Rams beat the “Desert Swarm” defense, thanks to a fumble recovery by Sean Moran and his 77-yard touchdown return.
More on Hirn's book, Aggies to Rams: The History of Football at Colorado State University