A brief history of the battle for the Centennial Cup:
University of Colorado Boulder and Colorado Agricultural College (later Colorado State) play the first game in the rivalry’s history. The Aggies lose to the Buffalos 70-6.
Colorado State takes the Centennial Cup for the first time, beating the Buffs in Fort Collins, 10-0.
In their last year as the Aggies (the mascot was officially switched to the Rams in 1959), CSU defeats CU, 15-14. It was the team’s sixth road win in the rivalry game’s 65-year history.
After a 23-year hiatus, the CSU-CU rivalry returns to the state of Colorado. Played in Boulder, CSU loses 31-3.
CSU blows a 13-point lead in the second half, eventually falling to the Buffs 27-23 in Fort Collins.
Head Coach Sonny Lubick experiences the game for the first time, losing to the Buffs 42-14 in Boulder. After 37 years of sporadic match-ups, the matchup is reinstated as an annual game after the 1995 season.
The game is played at the Mile High Stadium in Denver for the first time and is billed as “The Rocky Mountain Showdown”. The game sets a new attendance record for the rivalry at 76,036, but the Rams could not keep up with the high-powered Buffs and lost 42-14.
Senior quarterback Matt Newton, who would go on to be the MWC Player of the Year, leads the Rams to a 28-24 Showdown victory. Coupled with a 41-14 win over the Buffs in the 1999 season, the game represents the first back-to-back wins for the Rams in the Showdown in more than 50 years.
Junior quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt scores the go-ahead touchdown on a 23-yard scramble with just 6:20 left on the clock, sealing the deal on the Rams 19-14 win. It is the Rams third Showdown win in four years.
A 47-yard field goal with four seconds left in the game drowns the Rams hopes of stealing a win in Boulder, as they lose for the second straight year, 31-28.
The Rocky Mountain Showdown returns to Denver in style, as the Rams overcome an early deficit to take the 14-10 win. The game has the lowest attendance of any since the Showdown moved to Denver, with 65,701 showing up to support their teams.
Fast Facts –
CU-Boulder holds the all time series advantage with a 57-19-2 record over CSU. In games played in Boulder, the Rams are 8-31-1. In Fort Collins the Rams are 7-23-1. In Denver the Rams hold the advantage 4-3.
– Compiled by Nick Hubel