And that can only mean one thing. The Baylor Bears, victors of just four conference games in the past seven seasons while participating in Big 12 football, utilized a 21-point third quarter aided by a stellar individual efforts from the teams' two star players to shock the Buffaloes 42-30 at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco, TX Saturday afternoon.
Junior quarterback Aaron Karas tossed three touchdown passes and fourth-year tailback Rashad Armstrong trampled the Colorado defense for 166 yards on the ground on the way to what could easily be considered the team's biggest win in recent program history.
Fans present flooded the field as the final seconds of the impossible game ticked off the clock, gathering at the 50 to savor a 1-0 start in conference play under head coach Guy Morriss.
"The defense was fired up, the offense was fired up, and the crowd was fired up," linebacker Justin Crooks said amongst the insane atmosphere following the game. "That's the way you win games."
The statement was more of a first-time observation than a nugget of knowledge, one that the once lolely Bears are sure to carry with them for seasons to come.
Baylor (3-2 overall, 1-0 Big 12) has won three straight for the first time since going 3-0 in 1996, which the team earned in it's non-conference slate immediately before its first Big 12 game ever. Since, the Bears have posted a horrid 4-52 in conference games, having lost seven straight and 37 of 38.
Meanwhile, the Buffaloes (2-3, 0-1) are now on their first three-game skid since opening 0-4 in 2000.
The loss slips Colorado to the last slot in the Big 12 North division, where they sit tied with the Iowa State Cyclones, who share the same Big 12 and non-conference records. And what's even better, the hard part of CU's conference schedule is yet to come. The Buffs return home to Boulder this week to prepare for a game against Kansas this Saturday that must be won in the team is to have any hope of seeing significant post-season action.