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Sports / Recreation

Rams to host Idaho, honor McGregor on Ag Day

September 23, 2010
By Tony Phifer

The Rams will be donning orange and green "throwback" jerseys to celebrate their past in their home opener.

The Rams are wearing orange uniforms as a tribute to their past. The last time the football team wore orange in a game was 1958 (pants); the last time the team's jersey was orange was 1945.

The Colorado State University Rams are hoping that turning back the clock will turn around their football fortunes Saturday when they host Idaho in a 2 p.m. Ag Day matchup at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium.

"Orange-Out" for home opener

The Rams, 0-3 to start the season, will don orange and green “throwback” jerseys as a tribute to their past, when CSU was known as Colorado A&M and the school colors were pumpkin and alfalfa. CSU officials have deemed this “Orange Out Day” and are encouraging fans to wear orange to the game.

CSU, which served as the “host” team Sept. 4 at the Cinch Jeans Rocky Mountain Showdown vs. the University of Colorado in Denver, is the only team in the country yet to play a game in its home stadium. The Rams are hoping the home crowd will help them defeat Idaho (2-1) and end their 12-game losing streak.

Honoring McGregor

The Rams also will be paying tribute to Keli McGregor, the former CSU All-American tight end and Colorado Rockies president who died earlier this year. Fans can contribute to a scholarship fund in McGregor’s name; the scholarship will be given each year to a walk-on player who best exemplifies McGregor’s excellence both on and off the field. Sophomore defensive end Broderick Sargent is the first Ram to receive the scholarship.

Ag Day festivities start early

Prior to the game, CSU will celebrate its agricultural heritage with Ag Day festivities in the south parking lot at Hughes Stadium, including a barbecue featuring Colorado-grown products, sales of Colorado-brewed beer and live music provided by Kenny Cordova and the Olde Rock Band. Proceeds from the event will help fund scholarships for CSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences students. The celebration lasts from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ag Day tickets available

Barbecue tickets purchased prior to Saturday cost $16.50 and are available online until 3 p.m. Friday, or at the College of Agricultural Sciences’ Shepardson Building until 5 p.m. Friday. A limited number of tickets costing $20 will be available Saturday at the event.

Band in Old Town 6 p.m. Friday night

Fans in town the night before any home game are invited to begin their weekend in Old Town Fort Collins, where the CSU marching band performs on those Fridays beginning at 6 p.m.