When time finally expired and the crowd covered Folsom Field and rendered the goalposts horizontal, Flannigan's first thoughts were for his own safety. "My goal was to get off the field and into the locker room as quick as I could," he said. Something turned him around. "I had to get out there and see that scoreboard one more time."
Later he reflected on how far Colorado had come. He agreed that, not long ago, the Buffaloes were a source of embarrassment to the university. "But right now," Flannigan said, "they can't be anything but proud of us."