, Colorado (PressExposure) May 06, 2009 -- The Colorado Buffaloes have enjoyed much success on the gridiron throughout their history. The team was established in 1890 and since then they have won close to 61% of the games that they have played in and are 16th on the all-time list for most wins in College Football history. The team currently plays at Folsom Field, which was opened in 1923; this makes it one of the oldest stadiums in the nation that is still in use regularly by a football team.
The team won their one and only national championship in 1990; however they were forced to split the title with Georgia Tech. Colorado argues to this day that they deserve to be outright national champions due to the harder schedule that they played, in their thirteen games during the season; seven were against teams that were ranked in the Top 25, including their bowl win over Notre Dame, who had been ranked number one for most of the regular season.
During the team's history, only one player has been able to capture the most coveted College football award, the Heisman Trophy. In 1994, the Colorado Buffaloes had one of their best seasons in history, led by players such as Kordell Stewart and Michael Westbrook. However, the player that stood out the most was running back Rashaan Salaam. Salaam had one of the best seasons ever for a running back rushing for 2,055 yards and 24 rushing touchdowns throughout the season, including a stretch when he had four straight games of 200 plus yards rushing. He did this all the while leading the Buffaloes to a number three finish and an 11-1 record. The 1994 season is also known for something besides the Heisman trophy winning Salaam. There is a play known as the Miracle at Michigan. Colorado was trailing Michigan 26-21 with six seconds left and was 64 yards away from the end zone and it looked as if Colorado would not be able to pull out the victory. However, quarterback Kordell Stewart dropped back and heaved the ball 70 yards downfield where it was tipped by a Michigan defender, but right into the hands of wide receiver Michael Westbrook who caught the touchdown with no time remaining on the clock. The play was named the college football play of the decade by ESPN and for very good reason considering the importance of the play between two highly ranked teams.
The team moved to the Big 12 conference in 1996 and they have enjoyed great success since joining the conference. They have won the Big 12 north title 4 times and have won the Big 12 outright once. In fact, during the 2001 season, the team defeated Nebraska to win the Big 12 title; however Nebraska would go on to the national championship game none the less. Colorado is currently led by head coach Dan Hawkins and look to reestablish themselves as a force to be reckoned with again in the Big 12.