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Sooners can't adjust to Boulder's altitude
Buffaloes' win spoils some OU fans' vacations

by Berry Tramel Published: September 30, 2007
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/> Said OU fan John Lauer of Dallas, "I thought we were coming up here for a fun weekend and watch a big win. I kept waiting to see us turn it on, and I just never saw it.”

None of the estimated 6,000 OU fans saw it. The lethargic Sooners, even when taking command on the scoreboard, never took command on the field.

"I'm not too happy,” said OU fan Randy Swank of Mountain Top, Pa. The Sooners led 24-7 after three quarters, and "I thought, here we go, like all the other games.”

Like most fans, Cyr never saw this coming. "You hear the fans last night, ‘You're gonna spank us by 60 points.'”

Didn't happen, and the only solace for Sooner fans was watching Kansas State take apart Texas 41-21, setting up a Cotton Bowl showdown next Saturday to eliminate a team not from national championship, but Big 12, contention.

Fan friendly
Folsom Field hasn't always been a hospitable place for the Sooners, even in victory. Colorado fans can get quite rowdy, even after Folsom went dry, stopping beer sales in 1996.

OU fans in the past have reported being barraged by snowballs, wet toilet-paper rolls and condensed marshmallows, not to mention sordid language.

"The (CU) fans are a little crazy, so I figured the Sooners needed our support,” said OU fan Anita Holloway of Dallas, who bought a plane ticket at 4 p.m. Friday to fly to the game.

But Saturday, Oklahomans reported a more cordial reception.

"The people we saw were pretty courteous,” said Joe Paul Klabzuba of Edmond, who stayed Friday night in downtown Boulder and attended a CU pep rally. "A lot of (Folsom) ushers welcomed OU fans.”

Sights & sounds
• They don't make Ralphies like they used to. Colorado's buffalo mascot charging onto the field is one of college football's great traditions. But this Ralphie galloped at a leisurely pace. Her blue-jeaned handlers loped alongside. I've seen Ralphies in the past that made the lads look like George Jetson caught on that crazy treadmill.

• OU at Colorado is maybe the Big 12's best uniform matchup. The Sooner whites are their best look, anyway, and when contrasted with Colorado's black and glittering gold, on a gorgeous green field, well, college football wardrobes don't get much better.

• Folsom Field is loud. The Colorado crowd was disappointing; announced at 50,031, some 3,000 shy of capacity. Still, old Folsom can roar with all but the best of stadiums and did Saturday. OU quarterback Sam Bradford had trouble calling signals at key points throughout the game.

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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