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Colorado Buffaloes Football History and Heisman Trophy Winner
The Buffs are now romping through the Pac 12
The great CU Ralphie Mascot
tradition is now romping through the
Pac 12 Conference
University of Colorado Football Facts and History
CU Heisman Trophy Winner
Rashaan Salaam
Salaam won the 1994
Heisman Trophy after rushing
for a school-record 2,055
yards and 24 TD's.  Salaam's
performance helped spark
the Buffaloes to an 11-1
record including a Fiesta
Bowl victory over Notre
Dame.  Four consecutive
200-yard games helped
Salaam to gain momentum in
the Heisman race that also
featured a strong push from
Penn State's Ki-Jana Carter
The exclamation mark on
Salaam beat Carter by 842 points
in the Heisman voting and left for
the NFL with a year of eligibility
remaining.  The former Colorado
RB was drafted in the first round
of the 1995 NFL Draft by the
Chicago Bears with the 21st pick.

One of college football’s most grand entrance into a stadium is takes place at Colorado’s Folsom Field
when the school’s football team follows its mascot’s charge.  With Ralphie’s storming the field generating
flashbacks from the old west, visiting teams learn first hand what intimidation is all about.  The raging
moment that features more than 1000 pounds of stampeding flesh darting toward the visiting sideline
takes place before the game and the third quarter.

The first buffalo sighting at CU took place in 1934, following the school’s embracing of the Buffalo
nickname.  A buffalo calf and a real cowboy keeper were paid $25 to support the school during a late
season victory over the University of Denver.  

mascot.  Perhaps country music singer Charlie Pride had Colorado's Buffalo mascot in mind when he
sang: "Let the chips fall, let them fall where they may."  The old saying that “You better what your step
when the chips are down,” might have also applied to the mascot’s naming.