AD Calls For 'Blackout'

Sometimes a grassroots initiative builds some real momentum quickly, as is the case this week with University of Colorado students starting a drive for everyone to wear black this Saturday night when the Buffaloes host Florida State in an 8:10 p.m. kickoff at Folsom Field. Thursday, the athletic department officially jumped on board with the idea.

The "Blackout" as it has been named has been extremely popular with students this week through a variety of communications, from text messaging to popular student websites. They asked the athletic department for support of their drive, and athletic director Mike Bohn agreed Thursday.

"We recognize that the student body is the heartbeat of our program, and if they have expressed a desire to do this, we want to support them," Bohn said. "This does not change our position through the years of asking everyone to wear gold, but for this game, we would like to ask the rest of the fan base to join in the students in what they are attempting to create by wearing black."

Bohn also is encouraging all to be in Folsom Field in time for the 8 p.m. kickoff, as ESPN is televising the game nationally. "It's exciting for the team to take the field to a full house when they charge out behind Ralphie, as there's not a better sight in college football. It would be great to have the place packed well before kickoff."

The football players will don all black uniforms for the game, the 33rd time it will do so; the Buffaloes are 3-0 against non-league opponents when wearing all black, and are 18-13-1 overall. The Buffs most recently wore the look in CU's 31-28 overtime win over Colorado State on opening weekend.

Other pregame festivities include the inaugural "Buffalo Round-Up," where fans are asked to be part of a human tunnel to welcome the football team as the players arrive at Folsom Field. The tunnel will form east of Duane Physics (near Libby Hall off of Colorado Avenue) at 5:30 p.m. and will extend to the gates of Folsom Field. ESPN will cover the event for broadcast during the game.

CU's live buffalo mascot Ralphie will also be on hand in the lawn area behind Duane Physics for fans to visit.

After the Round-Up, there will be a Herd pregame tailgate on the Benson Earth Sciences lawn. The tailgate will kick off at 5:30 p.m. and includes live entertainment, activities and free pizza for students. Starting when the gates open at 6 p.m., the Heisman Trophy will be on display in the Nike Tent located in the Balch Fieldhouse for viewing.

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