1990 Colorado Buffaloes football team

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1990 Colorado Buffaloes football
AP National Champions
Orange Bowl Champions
Big 8 Champions
Orange Bowl, Win, 10–9, Notre Dame
Conference Big Eight Conference
Ranking
AP #1
1990 record 11–1–1 (7–0 Big 8)
Head coach Bill McCartney
Home stadium Folsom Field
(Capacity: 51,463)
Seasons
« 1989 1991 »
1990 Big 8 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 Colorado 7 0 0     11 1 1
#24 Nebraska 5 2 0     9 3 0
#17 Oklahoma 5 2 0     8 3 0
Iowa State 2 4 1     4 6 1
Kansas 2 4 1     3 7 1
Kansas State 2 5 0     5 6 0
Missouri 2 5 0     4 7 0
Oklahoma State 2 5 0     4 7 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1990 Colorado Buffaloes football team represented the University of Colorado Boulder in the 1990 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Buffaloes offense scored 338 points while the defense allowed 160 points. Led by head coach Bill McCartney, Colorado competed against Notre Dame in the 1991 Orange Bowl. The Buffaloes defeated the Fighting Irish 10–9 and at season’s end were awarded the AP national championship.

Fifth Down Game[edit]

The Fifth Down Game is the name of a college football game that included a play that the crew officiating the game permitted to occur in error. The fifth down play enabled the Buffaloes to defeat the Missouri Tigers by scoring a touchdown on the last play of their game on October 6, 1990. The ensuing controversy cast doubt on Colorado's claim to Division I-A's 1990 national championship. It has been called one of the top memorable moments and blunders in college football history.[1][2] The bowl victory over Notre Dame was also memorable as a Greg Davis clipping penalty on a punt return denied a late go-ahead touchdown by Notre Dame's "Rocket" Ismail.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 26 1:00 PM vs. #8 Tennessee* #5 Anaheim StadiumAnaheim, CA (Pigskin Classic) NBC T 31–31   33,485
September 6 6:00 PM Stanford* #6 Folsom FieldBoulder, CO ESPN W 21–17   50,699
September 15 1:30 PM at #21 Illinois* #9 Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL ABC L 23–22   64,351
September 22 5:30 PM at #22 Texas* #20 Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX ESPN W 29–22   77,373
September 29 1:30 PM #12 Washington* #20 Folsom Field • Boulder, CO PSN W 20–14   52,868
October 6 12:30 PM at Missouri #12 Faurot FieldColumbia, MO (Fifth Down Game) W 33–31   46,856
October 13 11:30 AM Iowa State #14 Folsom Field • Boulder, CO W 28–12   51,861
October 20 12:10 PM at Kansas #14 Memorial StadiumLawrence, KS W 41–10   40,000
October 27 12:30 PM #22 Oklahoma #10 Folsom Field • Boulder, CO CBS W 32–23   51,967
November 2 2:00 PM at #3 Nebraska #9 Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE (Rivalry) ESPN W 27–12   76,464
November 10 1:00 PM Oklahoma State #4 Folsom Field • Boulder, CO W 41–22   51,873
November 17 12:10 PM Kansas State #2 Folsom Field • Boulder, CO W 64–3   51,136
January 1, 1991 6:00 PM #5 Notre Dame* #1 Orange Bowl StadiumMiami, FL (Orange Bowl) NBC W 10–9   77,062
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Coaching staff[edit]

Head Coach: Bill McCartney

Assistants: Gary Barnett (QB/FB), Mike Barry (OL), Brian Cabral (ILB), Gerry DiNardo (OC/TE), Don Frease (WR), Mike Hankwitz (DC/DB), Oliver Lucas (RB), Bob Simmons (OLB), Ron Vanderlinden (DL).[3]

Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Mike Pritchard Wide Receiver 1 13 Atlanta Falcons
Alfred Williams Linebacker 1 18 Cincinnati Bengals
Eric Bieniemy Running Back 2 39 San Diego Chargers
Kanavis McGhee Linebacker 2 55 New York Giants
Dave McCloughan Defensive Back 3 69 Indianapolis Colts
Mark Vander Poel Tackle 4 96 Indianapolis Colts
Joe Garten Center 6 164 Green Bay Packers
Tim James Defensive Back 8 202 New York Jets

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Awards and honors[edit]

  • Alfred Williams, Butkus Award[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [http://w ww.usatoday.com/sports/college/football/2002-11-19-memorable-moments_x.htm "College Football's Best of the Last 20 Years"]. USA Today. November 19, 2002. Retrieved November 21, 2006. 
  2. ^ Mandell, Ted (September 25, 2005). "Heart Stoppers And Hail Marys" (Book/CD). Hardwood Press. Archived from the original on November 23, 2006. Retrieved November 21, 2006. 
  3. ^ Colorado athletics site
  4. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1991.htm
  5. ^ http://football.about.com/cs/history/a/butkusaward.htm