Denver, CU – Sometimes traditions are broken in favor of something new.
Since 1988, the Rocky Mountain showdown has taken place at ‘Mile High Stadium,’ since it’s considered neutral ground for both teams.
Friday’s game will be the last showdown at the famous stadium.
This game marks a new era for the Colorado Buffaloes with coach Mel Tucker taking the reigns as head coach.
Colorado State Rams are not going down without a fight either, despite predictions favorably choosing CU to win.
The history of this rivalry is unpredictable; Colorado leads the series 66-22-2.
Since this is the last game at Mile high let’s take a look back at the past five matchups between the two Colorado teams.
The past Five Games:
What is looked back as complete domination, CU beat the Rams 45-13 in 2018. Quarterback Steven Montez stole the show by throwing 338 yards with four passing touchdowns, and one 38-yard touchdown on the opening drive.
CSU’s only touchdown in this matchup occurred in the first quarter; scoring only two field goals for the rest of the game.
Despite CU winning this match-up, both teams defenses stole the show, only 20 points were scored by both teams. CU scored 17 points in the first half and didn’t manage to score anything afterward. CSU’s only points came from a field goal in the second quarter.
Both teams managed to turn the ball over four times.
This game resembled last years matchup closer with CU winning 44-7 over the Rams. CU’s rushing offense scored four of the five touchdowns.
Two turnovers didn’t help CSU, as their offense failed to gain any steam.
Overtime is fun for football fans, and around 66,000 fans sat in attendance as both teams played their hearts out in a close competitive game. Unfortunately for CSU fans, the game ended with an overtime field goal, and CU won 27-24, beginning a four-game win streak in the rivalry.
This was the last win for CSU in the teams historic series. After being down 10-0 in the 2nd quarter, the Rams charged ahead and won 31-17. CU didn’t have a chance in a come back with a last-minute touchdown and field goal towards the end of the fourth quarter.
Every game has a different story, and the game this Friday will have its own. The game is being aired nationally on ESPN at 8:00 p.m. mountain time.