Rivalries: Rocky Mountain Showdown
The Mtn. – MountainWest Sports Network premieres Rivalries: Rocky Mountain Showdown
on Monday, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. MT featuring the University of Colorado Buffaloes and Colorado State Rams.
Rivalries looks at each Mountain West Conference institution's biggest rival from an athletic and casual fan's point of view across the multiple sports. Some perceived rivals may be obvious and yet others, the opinion of some, may surprise you.
With the Centennial Cup up for grabs, the intrastate rivalry between Colorado and Colorado State began in 1893 and, with few exceptions, was played annually until 1958. With the encouragement of the Colorado State Legislature, the series was resurrected in 1983 and became an annual affair in 1995. Colorado leads the all-time series 59-20-2, although recently the competition has been much closer, with the Buffaloes holding a 6-5 edge in the last 11 games.
Rivalries: Rocky Mountain Showdown is a one-half hour documentary which takes the viewer through the history of the rivalry through the eyes of those involved. Highlights of the program feature many memorable moments in recent history, including:
- CSU’s 23-7 win in 1986 at Folsom Field and first win over Colorado since 1958
- The Rocky Mountain Showdown moves to Denver and Mile High Stadium in 1998
- CSU snaps the Buffaloes’ eight-game win streak in the series with a 41-14 win in 1999
- Bradlee Van Pelt’s “helmet spike” in Colorado State’s 19-14 win in 2002
- Colorado holds on for a 27-24 win in Boulder with a last second stop at the 1-yard line in 2004
- 2005: Colorado caps off a 31-28 comeback on a 47-yard Mason Crosby field goal with the score tied and 0:04 left to play
Interviews include names familiar on both sides: Sonny Lubick, Gary Barnett, Larry Zimmer, Joey Porter, Mason Crosby, Joel Klatt, Kevin McDougal and Charles Johnson.
Colorado State will also be featured in the next edition of Rivalries – Rivalries: Border War prior to the 101st meeting between CSU and the Wyoming Cowboys in Laramie on Nov. 20. The Border War has been played in three centuries, dating back to 1899. Colorado State leads the all-time series 55-41-5, and the teams have split 21-21 since the introduction of the Bronze Boot in 1968.
The Mtn. will air the Cinch Jeans Rocky Mountain Showdown on Saturday, Sept. 4 beginning with Ram Pre-Game Live at 10:30 a.m. and Live at the Stadium, presented by Xfinity at 11 a.m. MT. Kickoff is 12 p.m. MT, exclusively on The Mtn.