1990 Colorado Buffaloes football team

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1990 Colorado Buffaloes football
AP Poll national champion
Big Eight champion
Orange Bowl champion
Orange Bowl, W 10–9 vs. Notre Dame
Conference Big Eight Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 2
AP No. 1
1990 record 11–1–1 (7–0 Big 8)
Head coach Bill McCartney
Offensive scheme I-Bone Option[1]
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.[2][3] 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. No. 8 Tennessee* No. 5 Anaheim StadiumAnaheim, CA (Pigskin Classic) NBC T 31–31   33,485
September 6 6:00 PM Stanford* No. 6 Folsom FieldBoulder, CO ESPN W 21–17   50,699
September 15 1:30 PM at No. 21 Illinois* No. 9 Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL ABC L 23–22   64,351
September 22 5:30 PM at No. 22 Texas* No. 20 Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX ESPN W 29–22   77,373
September 29 1:30 PM No. 12 Washington* No. 20 Folsom Field • Boulder, CO PSN W 20–14   52,868
October 6 12:30 PM at Missouri No. 12 Faurot FieldColumbia, MO ("The 5th Down") KCNC W 33–31   46,856
October 13 11:30 AM Iowa State No. 14 Folsom Field • Boulder, CO KCNC W 28–12   51,861
October 20 11:00 AM at Kansas No. 14 Memorial StadiumLawrence, KS KCNC W 41–10   40,000
October 27 12:30 PM No. 22 Oklahoma No. 10 Folsom Field • Boulder, CO CBS W 32–23   51,967
November 3 2:00 PM at No. 3 Nebraska No. 9 Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE (Rivalry) ESPN W 27–12   76,464
November 10 1:00 PM Oklahoma State No. 4 Folsom Field • Boulder, CO KCNC W 41–22   51,873
November 17 12:10 PM Kansas State No. 2 Folsom Field • Boulder, CO KCNC W 64–3   51,136
January 1, 1991 6:00 PM No. 5 Notre Dame* No. 1 Orange Bowl StadiumMiami, FL (Orange Bowl) NBC W 10–9   77,062
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Mountain Time.

Personnel[edit]

1990 Colorado Buffaloes football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
C 55 Adams, JimJim Adams Jr
TB 44 Arterberry, DavidDavid Arterberry So
TB 31 Bell, MattMatt Bell So
TB 1 Bienemy, EricEric Bienemy Sr
TE 84 Blatt, JasonJason Blatt Fr
TE 81 Boman, JonJon Boman Jr
TB 34 Brooks, DarnellDarnell Brooks Fr
TE 32 Brown, DavidDavid Brown Sr
TE 87 Brown, SeanSean Brown Jr
OT 78 Campbell, BryanBryan Campbell So
TB 6 Collier, DennisDennis Collier So
FB 25 Dobbins, RobertRobert Dobbins Fr
TE 85 Embree, SeanSean Embree So
TE 88 Fauria, ChristianChristian Fauria Fr
QB 18 Foster, RomanRoman Foster So
QB 10 Freeman, MikeMike Freeman So
OG 62 Garten, JoeJoe Garten Sr
C 71 Gottlieb, ErezErez Gottlieb So
QB 3 Hagan, DarianDarian Hagan Jr
WR 46 Hall, ChrisChris Hall Fr
OT 77 Hansen, JimJim Hansen So
WR 26 Hayward, JulianJulian Hayward So
OG 79 Heasley, RussRuss Heasley Jr
FB 22 Hemingway, GeorgeGeorge Hemingway Sr
WR 25 Henry, MarkMark Henry Jr
WB Hestra, DanDan Hestra Fr
FB 33 Hill, JamesJames Hill Fr
OG 73 Ivey, RogerRoger Ivey Fr
OG 74 Jackson, DolynDolyn Jackson Fr
WR 84 Jackson, JamesJames Jackson Fr
WR 80 James, RobbieRobbie James Jr
WR 88 Johnson, Charles E.Charles E. Johnson Fr
QB 4 Johnson, Charles S.Charles S. Johnson Jr
QB 1 Joseph, VanceVance Joseph Fr
TB 7 Kahl, KentKent Kahl Fr
WR 89 Keys, JackJack Keys So
FB 38 Lee, CharlesCharles Lee Fr
C 52 Leeuwenburg, JayJay Leeuwenburg Jr
WB 23 Lindsey, GregGreg Lindsey Fr
OT 65 Loest, GregGreg Loest Fr
WB 28 Mitchell, ErikErik Mitchell Fr
OT 70 Mixon, ThomasThomas Mixon Fr
OT 60 Moles, ClintClint Moles So
WB 5 Oliver, O.C.O.C. Oliver Sr
WB 36 Orvis, J.C.J.C. Orvis Sr
FB 49 Phillips, ScottScott Phillips Fr
FB 20 Phipps, KellyKelly Phipps Fr
WB 26 Allegri, JasonJason Allegri Fr
WR 9 Pritchard, MikeMike Pritchard Sr
FB 30 Senna, TonyTony Senna Jr
WB 42 Simmons, MichaelMichael Simmons Sr
WR 86 Smith, RicoRico Smith Jr
TB 35 Snowden, ChuckChuck Snowden Fr
OT 76 Solomon, ArielAriel Solomon Sr
C 51 Stearnes, RudyRudy Stearnes Fr
OT 61 Stortz, ChrisChris Stortz Fr
OG 66 Todd, DanDan Todd Fr
TE 82 Van Horn, DougDoug Van Horn Fr
OT 72 Vander Poel, MarkMark Vander Poel Sr
OT 63 West, DerekDerek West Fr
WB 12 Westbrook, MichaelMichael Westbrook Fr
TB 41 Yago, RogerRoger Yago Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 29 Agnew, DerekDerek Agnew Fr
S 5 Anderson, BlakeBlake Anderson Fr
LB 90 Barnett, NormNorm Barnett Fr
LB 50 Berti, TonyTony Berti Fr
S 30 Bickel, MatthewMatthew Bickel Fr
LB 19 Biekert, GregGreg Biekert So
CB 13 Bradford, RonnieRonnie Bradford So
LB 34 Brown, ChadChad Brown So
DT 59 Browne, KennyKenny Browne Fr
NT 39 Brunner, JeffJeff Brunner Fr
LB 55 Campbell, DeShannonDeShannon Campbell Fr
S 31 Colter, SpencerSpencer Colter Jr
S 21 Davis, DwayneDwayne Davis So
LB 40 DeGoler, ScottScott DeGoler Sr
DT 89 Dyet, BrianBrian Dyet Fr
DT 97 Elder, MarcellousMarcellous Elder So
CB 2 Figures, DeonDeon Figures So
LB 88 Fisher, RichardRichard Fisher Fr
CB 15 Gibbs, DavidDavid Gibbs Sr
LB 91 Gray, LamarrLamarr Gray Sr
LB 92 Guest, RodellRodell Guest Jr
S 6 Hamilton, EricEric Hamilton So
DT 95 Howe, GarryGarry Howe Sr
CB 47 Hudson, ChrisChris Hudson Fr
LB 51 Hull, AlfredAlfred Hull Fr
LB 43 Hutchins, RobRob Hutchins Sr
S 17 James, TimTim James Sr
LB 48 Johnson, TerryTerry Johnson Sr
LB 58 Kaiser, NoahNoah Kaiser Fr
LB 41 Katovisch, JohnJohn Katovisch Fr
CB 12 McCloughan, DaveDave McCloughan Sr
LB 96 McGhee, KanavisKanavis McGhee Sr
LB 98 Motley, MikeMike Motley Sr
S 37 Nelson, TateTate Nelson So
S 45 O'Donnell, ChrisChris O'Donnell Jr
DT 75 Perkins, JasonJason Perkins So
LB 57 Polk, WilliamWilliam Polk So
DT 99 Renfro, LeonardLeonard Renfro Fr
LB 53 Robinson, JasonJason Robinson Fr
LB 46 Rose, PaulPaul Rose Sr
S 49 Schrant, JimJim Schrant Fr
S 4 Shaw, AaronAaron Shaw Fr
DT 76 Smith, CoreyCorey Smith Fr
CB 38 Starr, ScottScott Starr So
NT 93 Steed, JoelJoel Steed Jr
LB 64 Sudberry, ColtonColton Sudberry Fr
S 27 Thomas, GregGreg Thomas Jr
CB 19 Thomas, RyanRyan Thomas Fr
CB 14 Walden, JeffJeff Walden Fr
LB 94 Williams, AlfredAlfred Williams Sr
LB 81 Williams, DennisDennis Williams Fr
LB 56 Woolfork, RonRon Woolfork Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
PK 20 Archibald, JimJim Archibald Fr
PK 9 Beck, DanielDaniel Beck Fr
PK 23 Blake, JustinJustin Blake Fr
PK 14 Blottiaux, PatPat Blottiaux So
PK 16 Harper, JimJim Harper Jr
PK 1 Johnson, BranonBranon Johnson Fr
P 17 Kochevar, JeffJeff Kochevar Jr
P 21 Mayer, RonRon Mayer Fr
PK 85 Miller, JasonJason Miller Fr
P 10 Rouen, TomTom Rouen Sr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster
Last update: 2016-Jan-17

Season summary[edit]

Nebraska[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Colorado 0 0 0 27 27
Nebraska 0 6 6 0 12

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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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.footballxos.com/download/offense/college-offense/1990-Colorado-Offense.pdf
  2. ^ "College Football's Best of the Last 20 Years". USA Today. November 19, 2002. Retrieved November 21, 2006. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1990 Nov 4. Retrieved 2015-Nov-05.
  5. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1991.htm
  6. ^ http://football.about.com/cs/history/a/butkusaward.htm