Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by cmgoods, May 26, 2013.
also remind that the 71 Buffs beat LSU in Baton Rouge and Ohio State in Columbus. both teams were in the top 10 IIRC. ranked at least.
You are correct, sir. CU beat No. 9 LSU in the opener, 31-21, and No. 6 Ohio State, 20-14, two weeks later - and yes, both were on the road.:thumbsup:
next time we do some throwback unis it ought be Eddie's 71 look. they were kinda cool. way analog not digital maybe.
must be the Ohio State game right here....hey hey. shoulder to shoulder
[h=1]Series Classic: CU Muscle Roughs Up Buckeyes 20-14[/h]Release: 09/23/2011 Courtesy: Cole Mickelson, Graduate Assistant SID
The first time the University of Colorado faced Ohio State it was a meeting of two Top 10 programs squaring off at Ohio Stadium on Sept. 25, 1971.
Coming into the game the No. 6 Buckeyes hadn’t lost at home since 1967, a span of 19 games, and had won three straight Big Ten championships in addition to two national titles (1968 and 1970) over the same three-year span.
CU was unranked to start the season, but caught the nation’s attention during the first week with a 31-21 victory on the road at night against No. 9 LSU. After a 56-13 drubbing of Wyoming, the Buffs were ranked No. 10 heading into Columbus.
The Buffs’ powerful triple option attack with fullback John Tarver on the inside, tailback Charlie Davis on the outside, and quarterback Ken Johnson running the show racked up 289 yards on the ground at a clip of 5.7 yards per attempt. Johnson scored on six-yard run in the first quarter to give CU an early 6-0 lead.
Early in the second quarter Cliff Branch, like he had done two weeks prior at LSU, broke the game open by returning a punt 68 yards for a touchdown to give CU a 13-0 lead. Branch would leave CU with six career punt returns for touchdowns as well as two kickoffs returned for scores. His eight total are still an NCAA record as seven others have tied him since.
Defensively for CU, Vietnam veteran Bud Magrum led the way with 20 tackles in limiting the Buckeyes’ power running game to 2.6 yards per carry.
Ohio State quarterback Don Lamka sneaked in for a late touchdown to tighten the score to 13-7 before Johnson broke through for a 39-yard touchdown run to return CU’s lead to two possessions. A late touchdown pass from Lamka brought Ohio State’s deficit back to six, but CU recovered an onside kick attempt to hold off the Buckeyes for a 20-14 victory.
CU would go on to a 10-2 season, including an Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl win over No. 15 Houston. The Buffs’ only losses came to Nebraska and Oklahoma, who finished Nos. 1 and 2, respectively. CU would finish right behind them at No. 3, marking the only time in history that one conference occupied the top three poll positions at the end of the year.
Below is the game story recapping the Buffs’ first game against Ohio State:
CU Muscle Roughs Up Buckeyes 20-14
By Dan Creedon, Camera Sports Writer
COLUMBUS, Ohio—Colorado, not Ohio State, ruled as the neighborhood bully in this citadel of college football Saturday afternoon.
Showing a punishing running game and a bruising defense against the ground attack, two things which, in the past, were always Buckeye trademarks at Ohio Stadium, Colorado stormed to a 13-0 lead in the first 20 minutes, held OSU scoreless for more than 55 minutes and emerged with a prestigious 20-14 upset win.
It was the second ambushing of a Top Ten team in three weeks for the young and ambitious Buffs. Ohio State came into the contest ranked No. 5 nationally.
The CU victory did two other significant things, too:
Short-circuited a 19-game Ohio Stadium winning streak the Buckeyes had strung together since losing to Illinois here early in 1967.
Presented the Big Eight with its most damaging piece of evidence in the never-ending war of words over which conference in the midwest plays the best football. CU’s win was No. 18 in succession over Big Ten opposition for a Big Eight team.
Even Ohio State coach Woody Hayes, who twice let this temper bubble on to the playing field in the hectic fourth quarter, admitted before hand he was playing this one for the prestige of the Big Ten and that this was one non-conference game he didn’t consider an exhibition.
In a way it was very much an exhibition, though, an exhibition for the Buffs’ brand of power football.
Surprisingly, the game pattern was much the same as it had been in the Herd’s shocker at Baton Rouge earlier in the month.
Colorado showed its superiority on the ground very early, driving 71 yards in 10 plays for a touchdown on its second possession. Again, it was the nifty work with the triple option, built around quarterback Ken Johnson, fullback John Tarver and tailback Charles Davis that paved the way.
Davis, on the way to the third straight 100-yard plus game of his young career, personally accounted for 46 yards on the first scoring drive. Tarver chipped in with 21 and then Johnson scored from six yards out with 6:51 to play in the period.
A Cliff Branch punt return broke open the LSU game in the third quarter, but the 172-pound flyer from Houston, Texas, didn’t make the scattering of CU partisans in the gathering of 85,586 (fourth largest ever for a non-Big Ten game) wait that long this time. Early in the second period, Branch gathered in a low punt on his own 32 and went 68 yards to score his third cross-country TD of the year. It boosted Colorado’s lead to 13-0 just 4:11 into the second quarter.
After that, CU’s defense, which didn’t allow Ohio State over midfield in the first 24 minutes of the game, went to work, twice halting the Buckeyes’ vaunted ground game at the CU two—once with 48 seconds left in the first half and then again early in the third quarter.
Then it was similarity time again, this one not particularly to the Bison’s liking, as the Herd lost a chance to bust the game wide open when Johnson had the ball punched out of his arms at the Ohio State one after CU had painstakingly driven 97 yards. The Herd, you will remember, had a chance to go up on LSU 31-7, when a fumble turned the game around briefly at Tiger Stadium.
Ohio State, like LSU had done, then charged back. The Buckeyes did it by forsaking their ground game for the passing of quarterback Don Lamka, who was to finish with impressive air figures of 20-for-33 for 253 yards and one touchdown.
Lamka, after hitting three completions in a row, finally scored with 4:28 left in the game on a quarterback sneak from a yard out to pull OSU to within six points at 13-7.
But, Colorado, as it had managed at LSU, retaliated quickly, scoring three plays later on a long run. The runner this time was Johnson, who scrambled 39 yards on the keeper off the triple option. And CU led 20-7 with 3 ½ minutes to go.
At this point, the LSU script ran out on the Buffs, as Lamka drilled four completions for 77 yards and a TD with 2:11 left.
Then came the hotly disputed on-side kick, on which the confused officials first awarded the ball to the Buckeyes before discovering it had missed by a few inches of going the necessary 10 yards.
The reversal of the call was all Hayes could take. He slumped to his knee 10 yards out on the field in front of the Buckeye bench and slammed his fist into the AstroTurf surface repeatedly. Earlier in the fourth quarter, Ohio State’s most successful coach of all-time, had drawn a 15-yard penalty for storming out to the hash mark and flinging his baseball cap to the ground at a time when he thought the Buffs should have drawn a pass interference penalty in their own end zone.
Ohio State regained the football in the last minute, but had to start from its own five-yard line after a clutch John Stearns punt rolled dead there. It was too much of a handicap even for Lamka. He got the O-Staters out to the 43, but then time ran out.
Lamka’s brilliant fourth-quarter passing assault gave the Buckeyes some statistical victories, but they were really meaningless ones—24-19 in first downs and 400-382 in total yardage.
The most important statistics Saturday, though, were probably the rushing figures and they were overwhelmingly for CU—289-167 in total yardage and probably even more significantly, 5.7-to-2.6 in yardage per play.
As has been the case all year, the Buffs’ young offensive line was again up to the task. It was given a boost by the return of Jake Zumback, a tackle who missed the Wyoming game with a broken toe.
Defensively, the CU heroes were right in the middle of the line. Guards Bud Magrum and Carl Taibi, each with a key fourth-down stop in the shadows of the CU goal line at the two, just could not be overlooked. Magrum, too, was all over the field, in collecting a season-high (for a CU player) 20 tackles. Taibi was in on 10 stops.
Linebackers Randy Geist and Billie Drake, filling in nicely when Ohio State attempted to ram the ball down the Buffs’ throat, had 15 and 11 tackles, respectively. And safety John Stearns, gambling OSU wouldn’t throw early in the game, came up to make 12 tackles.
When Ohio State went crazy in the air lanes late in the game, there may have been a reason for it. Two of the real pillars on the left side of the CU line, tackle Herb Orvis and end Rick Kay, were on the bench with injuries, and that pass rush CU mounted was not quite what it might have been with those rangy giants in there.
Orvis left the game late in the second quarter, with a severely sprained ankle which was immediately placed in a cast awaiting a more thorough examination in Boulder today. Kay departed in the fourth with a broken right arm and will be lost for the remainder of the season.
Davis, absolutely devastating as he swept the flanks with Johnson pitchouts, led all rushers with 135 yards in 18 carries. That’s 7.5 yards per crack, right on the West Columbia, Texas, sophomore’s season average.
Johnson, who scored twice and showed no signs of the wrist sprain which kept him on the sidelines last week, had 84 yards in 16 rushes. He also threw the football extremely well, hitting 4 of 9 pitches for 97 yards. He had a pair of completions to Willie Nichols, good for 61 yards, called back by ineligible-receiver-down-field penalties the CU coaching staff didn’t much agree with.
Tarver, hammering at the rugged interior of Ohio State’s line, came through with 54 yards in making the Buckeyes respect the Buffs’ inside game.
Lamka, with 60 yards in 23 trips, was Ohio State’s most effective rusher. Fullback John Bledsoe, the 212-pound brute who had terrorized Iowa, was limited to 57 yards.
The target of most of Lamka’s passes was Dick Wakefield, a 6-4 tight end who wound up the day with 11 receptions for 172 yards. Many of the catches were extremely difficult ones in heavy traffic. The 172 yards was a record for an enemy receiver against CU, topping by one yard the 171 figure Mack Herron accumulated in the ’69 regular season finale in Boulder for Kansas State.
Colorado moved on the Buckeyes right from the start, running up three first downs on the very first possession before halfback Tom Campana picked off a Johnson pass in the end zone after the Buffs had reached the OSU 30.
CU’s defense held in its first test and when the Herd’s attacking unit got the ball back it started a 10-play, 71-yard drive. It was strictly an infantry push, with Davis running wide twice for gains of 12 yards for first downs and later adding 19 yards on a draw for a first down at the OSU 14.
From there, fullback Tarver, who had earlier trampled 13 yards up the middle, cracked to the six. Then, on a second-and-two play, Johnson rolled deep to his left and scored easily, although he took a terrific shot a yard deep in the end zone.
Branch Shows Speed
Ohio State, meanwhile, was bottled up in its own territory on three straight possessions. The first time the Buckeyes were forced to punt into the wind, they got a look at Branch’s blinding speed. Fielding a low Gary Lago punt at his own 31, Branch quickly found running room on the right sideline and by the time he’d turned 10 yards upfield, everyone in Ohio Stadium knew the Buckeyes were in trouble. The CU sprinter was convoyed the last 35 yards by John Stavely, who made it possible for him to skip untouched along the sidelines. Dean’s kick with 10:49 to play in the second quarter pushed CU’s edge to 13-0.
The rest of the half belonged to Ohio State, although the Big Ten club had nothing to show for it when it went to the dressing room.
Crowder decided to rest his No. 1 offensive unit midway through the period, and the Rich Bland-directed second team came up a yard short of a first down at the CU 25 in its only showing of the first half.
After a short punt return by Campana, Ohio State took over at its own 41 and moved the ball on its first sustained march. A Lamka-to-Wakefield pass for 10 yards enabled the Buckeyes to penetrate CU territory for the first time at the 44 with just over six minutes left in the half.
Lamka stayed on the ground the rest of the way, using primarily the big fullback, Bledsoe. Mostly, the 212-pound junior slugged away at CU’s defensive right tackle, Chris Havens, who was in the game for the injured Orvis.
Buffs Blunt Drive
It all came down to a fourth-and-two play from just outside the CU four with 53 seconds left. The Buckeyes called time out and Lamka came to the side line to confer with Hayes. When he came back, Havens was again the target, but the Yreka, Calif., senior, with great help from guard Bud Magrum, wasn’t budging this time and Bledsoe was stopped without even an inch.
Johnson then ran out the clock with two quarterbacks sneaks. They were only the second and third scrimmage plays of the quarter for CU’s top offensive group.
The third quarter was 15 minutes of near misses.
It started on an uncomfortable note for the Buffs, as John Stearns was tagged with an interference play which gave OSU a 44-yard gain in a third-and-nine situation and a first down at the C 23. Jimmie Harris, a step behind Stearns on a bomb, turned back in front of Stearns when the pass was a little off center and that’s when the contact occurred.
The Buckeyes were still rushing minded then, though, and, after grinding out a first down at the 10 on four smashes, they found the going too tough inside again. Magrum again made two big stops in close, then on fourth down, Big Luke, Carl Taibi, stopped Bledsoe for no gain at the two.
That was the signal for CU’s longest march of the day—a 97-yard thrust carrying 12 plays to the Ohio State one, where Shad Williams recovered a Johnson fumble. The CU quarterback had gone wide on a first down play from just outside the two and was stacked up at the four. The ball squirted loose while he helplessly awaited the whistle.
The key play in the cross-country drive was a 51-yard Johnson-to-Willie Nichols pass carrying to the OSU 23. It came on a third-and-20 play, with Nichols beating Campana just in front of the OSU bench on the west side of the stadium. Earlier in the march, Davis had ripped off 17 and 14-yard gains to pull CU out of deep trouble when it was pinned back at its own four.
Had the Buffs scored, of course, the count would have gone to at least 19-0, and the Buckeyes might not have had enough left to comeback.
Buckeyes Fire Back
Ohio State fired right back with a drive of its own, going 93 yards to the CU six before getting bogged down with first a holding penalty on an apparent touchdown and then a 15-yard call on Hayes for storming on to the field to demand a pass interference call in the CU end zone.
Lamka, after running for one first down at the Buckeye 12, went to the air. He completed five passes on the drive, three of them to Wakefield. The Cleveland, Ohio senior hit Wakefield a fourth time on the drive early in the fourth quarter, too, but this one—for a touchdown—was called back by a holding penalty.
Two plays later Lamka looked for Harris deep in the east corner of the end zone. Stearns and Foster were right there jostling with the receiver and Hayes was incensed when the Buff defenders were not tagged with an interference call after the ball fell to the AstroTurf. He charged on the field and flung his base ball cap on to the field. All it got him was a 15-yard penalty and his team wound up punting from the CU 38.
Colorado couldn’t move the football out, though, and the Buckeyes regained possession at the Buff 43 following a short Stearns punt and a 5-yard Campana return.
Ohio State Scores
This time Lamka got the Big Ten champs on the scoreboard, pitching 14 yards to Fred Pagac and 26 and 9 yards to the pesky Wakefield, a distant relative of the former Detroit Tigers bonus baseballer with the same last name. Two plays after hitting Wakefield at the CU two, Lamka wedged in for the touchdown from a yard out with 4:28 to play.
Fifty-eight seconds later, CU was back on top by two touchdowns as Johnson scrambled 39 yards for the score on a triple-option keeper. The CU quarterback ducked inside right end on the play and then cut back against the flow of the OSU defense, much as Johnson had done in his game-clinching TD jaunt at LSU two weeks ago. Dean’s PAT kick with 3:30 left made it 20-7 for the Bison.
Lamka was on center stage most of the rest of the way, completing 4-of-5 passes on a 77-yard drive which put OSU back in the game with 2:11 to go. The TD pitch, from 14 yards out, went to Wakefield. Fred Schram’s second conversion kick made it 20-14.
Colorado now turns its attention to Big Eight play for the next seven weeks, beginning with Kansas State in Boulder next Saturday.
Ohio State has a date here that day with California in its final non-league test before returning to the Big Ten wars.
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I assume they're sending these instagrams to recruits. Good tactic.
(I'm assuming because the staff has been doing similar things, like sending the "Proving Grounds" videos.)
Interesting as I am also getting these via email I believe. It may be facebook, cannot remember but I have seen all of them.
69: Katie Hnida's favorite position
Low, funny, but low.:lol:
Yes..because she had short legs.
Can someone PLEASE print this on a flank steak and feed it to Ringo, so maybe, just maybe, he'll understand great and thorough sports reporting!!!
Gawd! I miss Dan Creedon. You could learn more about the Buffs and the Big 8 from one of his well-written weekly columns, than you learn from half a year of Ringo's lazy, simple drafts.
Ringo is too stupid to write that type of column. Hell Ringo doesn't know enough words to write a column that long.
Here's the '71 uniform in color. For all of those who didn't know or can't remember, the Buffs were 10-2 with a final ranking at #3. We were 3-2 in 5 games against ranked teams all on the road. We defeated LSU, Ohio State and Houston; and lost to Oklahoma and Nebraska. The game against Houston was the Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl played in the the Houston Astrodome, which was their home field. The 1-2-3 teams in the Big 8 were the 1-2-3 teams in the nation (Nebraska, Oklahoma and Colorado).
This should be our next throwback:
Love that 62 reference...I'm sure Husker fans will get fired up over that. :lol:
God I miss players like Vickers...
I could watch that gif ten-thousand times and not get tired of it.
Then allow me...
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