1989 Colorado Buffaloes football team

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1989 Colorado Buffaloes football
Big Eight champion
Orange Bowl, L 6–21 vs. Notre Dame
Conference Big Eight Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 4
AP No. 4
1989 record 11–1 (7–0 Big 8)
Head coach Bill McCartney (8th year)
Offensive coordinator Gerry DiNardo (6th year)
Offensive scheme I-Bone Option
Defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz (5th year)
Base defense 3–4
MVP Darian Hagan
Captain Sal Aunese (honorary)
Bill Coleman
Mike Jones
Erich Kissick
Bruce Young
Home stadium Folsom Field
(Capacity: 51,463)
Seasons
← 1988
1990 →
1989 Big 8 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4 Colorado $ 7 0 0     11 1 0
#11 Nebraska 6 1 0     10 2 0
Oklahoma 5 2 0     7 4 0
Iowa State 4 3 0     6 5 0
Oklahoma State 3 4 0     4 7 0
Kansas 2 5 0     4 7 0
Missouri 1 6 0     2 9 0
Kansas State 0 7 0     1 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1989 Colorado Buffaloes football team represented the University of Colorado at Boulder during the 1989 NCAA Division I-A football season. Colorado finished with the most wins in school history, surpassing the 1971 team, and their first conference championship since 1976. The Buffaloes played for the national title but lost to Notre Dame in the Orange Bowl. The team dedicated the season to senior and former starting quarterback Sal Aunese, who was diagnosed with stomach cancer in February and died on September 23 due to complications from the disease.

In another feel good story, the team was host to a Make A Wish recipient Chad Henry for the big game against Nebraska in Boulder. Henry was an up-and-coming high school football player from Indiana, Pennsylvania and the son of college/NFL coach Jack Henry, who began following the Buffaloes after reading about Sal Aunese's battle with cancer while himself battling a very rare and dangerous form of abdominal cancer. After cheering on the Buffs to the biggest win in school history, Henry and his family were also invited to attend the National Championship game as guests of the university. Henry went on to defeat the disease and did play football for his high school again in 1990. Although his once promising football career was ended following that season due to complications with side effects from the intense chemotherapy he endured, Henry went on to coach football at his high school and became a scout for the NFL's Detroit Lions and is currently with the Indianapolis Colts.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 4 5:30 PM Texas* No. 14 Folsom FieldBoulder, Colorado ESPN W 27–6   47,269
September 9 1:30 PM Colorado State* No. 9 Folsom Field • Boulder, Colorado (Rocky Mountain Showdown) W 45–20   44,921
September 16 1:30 PM No. 10 Illinois* No. 8 Folsom Field • Boulder, Colorado CBS W 38–7   46,747
September 30 2:00 PM at No. 21 Washington* No. 5 Husky StadiumSeattle KCNC W 45–28   69,152
October 7 1:30 PM Missouri No. 3 Folsom Field • Boulder, Colorado W 49–3   51,855
October 14 1:00 PM at Iowa State No. 3 Cyclone StadiumAmes, Iowa KCNC W 52–17   41,515
October 21 1:30 PM Kansasdagger No. 3 Folsom Field • Boulder, Colorado W 49–17   50,057
October 28 12:30 PM at Oklahoma No. 3 Oklahoma Memorial StadiumNorman, Oklahoma KCNC W 20–3   75,004
November 4 12:30 PM No. 3 Nebraska No. 2 Folsom Field • Boulder, Colorado (Rivalry) CBS W 27–21   52,877
November 11 12:30 PM at Oklahoma State No. 1 Lewis FieldStillwater, Oklahoma KCNC W 41–17   41,000
November 18 11:10 AM at Kansas State No. 2 KSU StadiumManhattan, Kansas KCNC W 59–11   20,117
January 1 6:00 PM vs. No. 4 Notre Dame* No. 1 Orange BowlMiami (Orange Bowl) NBC L 6–21   81,191
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Mountain Time.

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Game notes[edit]

Nebraska[edit]

#3 Nebraska at #2 Colorado
1 2 3 4 Total
Nebraska 7 7 7 0 21
Colorado 14 3 7 3 27

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 2011 Colorado football information guide
  2. ^ "Nebraska vs. Colorado 1989". Husker Max. Retrieved November 25, 2014.