1994 Colorado Buffaloes football team

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1994 Colorado Buffaloes football
Fiesta Bowl Champions
Fiesta Bowl, W 41–24 vs. Notre Dame
Conference Big Eight Conference
Ranking
Coaches #3
AP #3
1994 record 11–1 (6–1 Big 8)
Head coach Bill McCartney
Offensive coordinator Elliot Uzelac
Home stadium Folsom Field
(Capacity: 51,748)
Seasons
« 1993 1995 »
1994 Big 8 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 Nebraska 7 0 0     13 0 0
#3 Colorado 6 1 0     11 1 0
#19 Kansas State 5 2 0     9 3 0
Oklahoma 4 3 0     6 6 0
Kansas 3 4 0     6 5 0
Missouri 2 5 0     3 8 1
Oklahoma State 0 6 1     3 7 1
Iowa State 0 6 1     0 10 1
† – Conference champion
  • ‡ – Bowl Coalition at-large representative
    Rankings from AP Poll

The 1994 Colorado Buffaloes football team represented the University of Colorado at Boulder in the 1994 college football season. The Buffaloes offense scored 439 points while the defense allowed 235 points. The team was led by head coach Bill McCartney.

The Buffaloes' only loss of the season came on the road against eventual consensus national champion Nebraska. Colorado, ranked #2 at the time, was in line to play for the national title as part of the Bowl Coalition. They were leapfrogged in the polls by the Cornhuskers, who had been ranked #3, and finished the regular season ranked #4.

The Buffaloes competed in the 1995 Fiesta Bowl, which they won 41–24 over unranked Notre Dame.

The problem of scheduling bowl match-ups for top-ranked teams led to the dissolution of the Bowl Coalition and the creation of the Bowl Alliance (#2 ranked Penn State was not eligible as a member of the Big Ten Conference to play the #1 ranked team). Notre Dame, playing as an independent, had its own agreement with the Bowl Coalition, which allowed the Fiesta Bowl to choose them as an at-large opponent over more highly ranked teams.

Miracle at Michigan[edit]

The Miracle at Michigan refers to the final play that occurred during the game played on September 24, 1994 between the Colorado Buffaloes and the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The game was decided on Colorado quarterback Kordell Stewart's 64-yard Hail Mary pass to Michael Westbrook, which gave the play its name. The game was described as one of the two wildest finishes in Michigan football history.[1]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 12:00 PM NE Louisiana* #8 Folsom FieldBoulder, CO W 48–13   48,114
September 17 7:45 PM #10 Wisconsin* #7 Folsom Field • Boulder, CO ESPN W 55–17   53,457
September 24 1:30 PM at #4 Michigan* #7 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI ABC W 27–26   106,427
October 1 1:30 PM at #16 Texas* #5 Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX ABC W 34–31   77,809
October 8 12:00 PM at Missouri #5 Faurot FieldColumbia, MO PSN W 38–23   38,901
October 15 7:30 PM #22 Oklahoma #4 Folsom Field • Boulder, CO ESPN W 45–7   53,199
October 22 5:30 PM #19 Kansas State #2 Folsom Field • Boulder, CO ESPN W 35–21   52,955
October 29 5:30 PM at #3 Nebraska #2 Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE (Rivalry) ABC L 7–24   76,131
November 5 12:00 PM Oklahoma State #7 Folsom Field • Boulder, CO W 17–3   45,059
November 12 12:00 PM at Kansas #7 Memorial StadiumLawrence, KS PSN W 51–26   35,000
November 19 12:00 PM Iowa State #7 Folsom Field • Boulder, CO PSN W 41–20   41,293
January 2 2:30 PM vs. Notre Dame* #4 Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ (Fiesta Bowl) NBC W 41–24   73,968
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Mountain Time.

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Players drafted in the 1995 NFL Draft[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Michael Westbrook Wide Receiver 1 4 Washington Redskins
Rashaan Salaam Running Back 1 21 Chicago Bears
Christian Fauria Tight End 2 39 Seattle Seahawks
Ted Johnson Linebacker 2 57 New England Patriots
Kordell Stewart Quarterback 2 60 Pittsburgh Steelers
Darius Holland Defensive Tackle 3 65 Green Bay Packers
Chris Hudson Defensive Back 3 71 Jacksonville Jaguars
Derek West Tackle 5 149 Indianapolis Colts
Shannon Clavelle Defensive End 6 185 Buffalo Bills

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