During that 1994 season, CSU — under then-second-year head coach Sonny Lubick — won its first seven games, ended up going 10-2 overall and captured a conference championship. The Rams made their mark from 1994-2002, claiming six league titles during that span.
So, 15 years later, No. 19 BYU (2-1) and undefeated Colorado State (3-0) collide again Saturday (4 p.m., The mtn.) in the Mountain West Conference opener for both teams. The resurgent Rams are looking for history to repeat itself — in the form of another monumental win in Provo.
This year's CSU team is led by second-year coach Steve Fairchild, who is resurrecting the program after it fell on hard times. When Lubick retired, the school hired Fairchild, who served as Lubick's offensive coordinator in the 1990s. Fairchild hired defensive coordinator Larry Kerr, who also coached under Lubick at that time.
Fairchild called Saturday's showdown with the Cougars "a good measuring stick for us" as his team battles to return to the upper echelon of the conference along with BYU, Utah and TCU.