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Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by Unleash Hell, Aug 28, 2010.

  1. Unleash Hell

    Unleash Hell Well-Known Member

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    1990 Colorado Buffaloes 11-1-1
    Associated Press National Champions/coaches poll runner up.
    Back-to-Back Big 8 Champions
    Unanimous All Americans: TB Eric Bieniemy, LG Joe Garten, OLB Alfred Williams.
    1st team all Big 8: Eric Bieniemy, Joe Garten, Darian Hagan, Gary Howe, Tim James, Jay Leeuwenburg, Dave McCloughan, Kanavis McGhee, Mike Pritchard, Joel Steed, Mark Vander Poel, Alfred Williams.
    National awards: Heisman: Eric Bieniemy 3rd. Butkus: Alfred Williams winner.
    CU leading rusher, Eric Bieniemy 288 carries for 1,628 yards and 17 td.
    CU leading passer, Darian Hagan 75 of 163 for 1,538 yards. 8 int, 11 td.
    CU leading receiver, Mike Pritchard 28 receptions for 733 yards and 6 td.

    Colorado offense starting lineup
    WR Mike Pritchard SR
    LT Ariel Solomon SR
    LG Joe Garten SR
    C Jay Leeuwenburg JR
    RG Bryan Cambell So
    RT Mark Vander Poel SR
    TE Sean Brown JR
    QB Darian Hagan JR
    FB George Hemmingway SR
    TB Eric Bieniemy SR
    WB Michael Simmons SR

    Colorado defense starting lineup
    LOLB Alfred Williams SR
    LT Marcellous Elder SO
    NT Joel Steed JR
    RT Garry Howe SR
    ROLB Kanavis McGhee SR
    LLB Greg Biekert SO
    RLB Terry Johnson SR
    LCB Dave McCloughan SR
    SS Tim James SR
    FS Greg Thomas SO
    RCB Deon Figures SO

    Specialists
    P Tom Rouen SR
    K Jim Harper JR
    PR Dave McCloughan SR
    KR Mike Pritchard SR, Dave McCloughan SR

    Coaching staff
    HC Bill McCartney
    OC Gerry Dinardo
    DC Mike Hankwitz
    QB’s Gary Barnett
    RB’s Oliver Lucas
    WR’s Don Frease
    OL Mike Barry
    ILB Brian Cabral
    OLB Bob Simmons
    DL Ron Vanderlinden
    Strength and conditioning Jeff “MadDog” Madden

    Opponents final conference rankings
    Tennessee 2nd SEC
    Stanford 6th PAC 10
    Illinois 1st Big 10
    Texas 1st SWC
    Washington 1st PAC 10
    Missouri 7th Big 8
    Iowa St 4th Big 8
    Kansas 5th Big 8
    Oklahoma 3rd Big 8
    Nebraska 2nd Big 8
    Oklahoma St 8th Big 8
    Kansas St 6th Big 8

    Pigskin Classic vs. Tennessee. #5 CU 31 #8 Tennessee 31 @ Anaheim, CA
    With Bieniemy suspended for the opener, Mike Pritchard took over as the TB and lit the Volunteer defense up. Pritchard rushed for 217 yards with 2 touchdown runs of 55 and 78 yards. CU couldn’t hold on to a 2 TD lead and allowed the Volunteers to rally late to tie the game.
    #6 CU 21 Stanford 17 @ Boulder
    In what would be the sloppiest performance by the buffs all season, the Cardinal held the buffs scoreless in the first half. Stanford dominated in the first half with a rushing game and their defense forcing turnovers. Late the second half the buffs got it together with Bieniemy scoring 3 TD’s and the game winner with just 12 seconds left.
    #21 Illinois 23 #9 CU 22 @ Champaign, IL
    The Illini had to replace All-American QB Jeff George, and his replacement Jason Verduzco tore apart the buffs secondary. Howard Griffith got the winning score with 1:18 left. The buffs fell to a record of 1-1-1 and went from a #5 ranking to start the year to #20 after the Illinois loss. But it would be the last time the buffs would lose.
    #20 CU 29 Texas 22 @ Austin, TX
    Again, the buffs trailed late in the game. A rally led by Bieniemy TD runs led to a 2 TD comeback. Alfred Williams (a Texas native) recorded a QB sack in the end zone for a safety late in the game. Colorado would proclaim the 4th quarter of the Texas game, “The turning point” of the season.
    #20 CU 20 #12 Washington 14 @ Boulder
    Colorado got off to another slow start only scoring 3 points in the first half. In the second half Bieniemy went wild gaining 143 yards against the top rushing defense in the country. Deon Figures preserved the win for the buffs by intercepting Husky QB MarK Brunell in the end zone with a minute to play.
    #12 CU 33 Missouri 31 @ Columbia, Mo
    In one of the most controversial games of all time, the buffs had to win on the infamous 5th down. With Hagan out of the game due to a shoulder injury, back up QB Charles S. Johnson went 10 of 18 for 151 yards and 1 TD. With 1st and goal from the Tiger 4, The buffs needed a TD for the win with 30 seconds to play. On 1st down Johnson spiked the ball to stop the clock, 2nd down Bieniemy runs to the 1 and CU calls timeout (this is when the down marker officials forgot to turn the down), 3rd down Bieniemy stuffed, 4th down CJ spikes to stop clock, 5th down CJ runs right and dives in for the winning score.
    #14 CU 28 Iowa St 12 @ Boulder
    The Cyclones took a stunning 9-0 lead in the 1st half. In the second half the buffs run game took control with Bieniemy going for 131 yards. This was the first time all season the buffs didn’t have a game decided in the final minutes.
    #14 CU 41 Kansas 10 @ Lawrence, KS
    For the first time all season, the buffs scored first in the game, with a Jim Harper FG. After that the buffs would build a big lead and the Jayhawks would never have a chance. Bieneimy became CU’s all time leading scorer in this game as Colorado rolled. The most complete game of the season.
    #10 CU 32 #22 Oklahoma 23 @ Boulder
    This was a back and forth game until the 4th quarter when Oklahoma could have kicked a FG to take the lead. Instead the Sooners went for it on 4th and 1. Safety Tim James made the stop on a toss pitch to the Sooner TB ad that was the turning point of the game. The very next play Hagan threw a 85 yard bomb to Rico Smith for the TD.
    #9 CU 27 #2 Nebraska 12 @ Lincoln, NE
    In the cold, wind and rain, the Buffs and Husker s kept turned the ball over to each other in the first half. Nebraska had a long TD pass to Johnny Mitchell in the third quarter to put the Huskers up 12-0. In the 4th the Buffs and Bieniemy exploded with 4 TD’s from Eric to give the buffs their first win in Lincoln since 1967.
    #4 CU 41 Oklahoma st 22 @ Boulder
    The buffs clinched their second straight Big 8 title and berth in the Orange bowl as Hagan had a career best 237 yards passing and 4 TD passes as the buffs crushed the cowboys. #2 Washington lost to UCLA and #3 Houston lost to Texas, moving the buffs up to #2.
    #2 CU 64 Kansas st 3 @ Boulder
    The buffs put the game out of reach early scoring a touchdown on seven of their first eight possessions. Colorado racked up a season high 634 yards total offense and Mike Pritchard became CU’s all time receiving leader for a season with 699 yards. Alfred Williams caught a long pass late in the game playing TE, a season long promise from Coach Mac. The same day Penn State knocked off #1 Notre Dame giving the buffs the #1 ranking to end the regular season for the second straight year.

    1991 Orange Bowl #1 CU 10 #4 Notre Dame 9
    In a rematch of last years Orange bowl, the game was a defensive battle. In the second quarter the buffs lost Hagan to a knee injury and had to once again rely on back up Charles Johnson. Notre Dame took a 6-3 lead into the lockerooms at halftime. Late in the 3rd quarter, the buffs took the go ahead lead with a 1 yard TD run by Bieniemy. With minutes to play Colorado seemed well on their way to the win with a time eating drive that marched into Notre Dame Territory. After a Irish sack and a penalty on CU, the buffs were knocked out of FG range and were forced to punt. The buffs punted to the “Rocket” and he returned it 91 yards for a TD. The play was fortunately called back for a clipping call. Several plays later Deon Figures secured Colorado’s first national championship by picking off Rick Mirer and running out the clock.

    Final thoughts.
    The season began with a lot of close calls. This team could have easily started the year 0-6. Then there were the lucky breaks with the “5th down” game and the clipping call in the Orange bowl. But the team found ways to win, period! Great teams find ways to win. This was not the best CU team ever, the 89 and 94 versions were better in my opinion, but this was a damn fine team that deserved the national title after all they had been through. The buffs beat 2 major conference champions (Washington and Texas), and beat or tied 2 major conference runner ups (Nebraska and Tennessee). Plus Notre Dame who was ranked #1 before CU claimed it. Those four games right there are more impressive than anything about the season. Colorado did not get the final #1 ranking in the coaches poll because of Tom Osborne voting for Georgia Tech. Colorado defeated Nebraska in Lincoln when they were undefeated and had everything to lose. Georgia Tech defeated Nebraska in a bowl game with nothing to really win for the Huskers. Osborne then asked for conference votes when it was his turn to win titles. What a two faced devil!
    With the “split” national title, buff fans get a lot of crap from haters about not deserving it or how it was a “half” national title. I just have one thing to say then, you can find ways that just about ALL national champions through the years didn’t deserve it one way or another. Colorado/Georgia Tech was not the first and only split, and until there is a playoff system, there will always be debates and who was cheated out of what and so on. Hell Nebraska has 2 split national titles, do you hear them calling it a split title? No, they claim they have 5, not 3 with two splits to make 4.
    I’m just glad I was able to witness this great season! Can’t believe it’s been 20 years!!!
     
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  2. BuffNut99

    BuffNut99 Club Member Club Member

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    Been thinking alot lately that CU was really, really close to having a Dynasty from '89-'94. Really should have won the 1989 Orange Bowl, a few plays differently in the 1st half of that game and CU wins going away. In '94 @ Nebraska, a few 3rd down conversions in the 1st half of that game and who knows, maybe we pull that one out, and have a perfect season.
     
  3. Tytechortz

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    Didn't osborne's sorry ass vote Colorado #4 or something, where a #2 vote would have given the Buffs both titles?
     
  4. DrunkPanda

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    split title doesn't really matter. people remember that cu won a national championship. most don't remember or care that it was a split.
     
  5. Unleash Hell

    Unleash Hell Well-Known Member

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    Most haters especially csu and fuskers bring up it was a split
     
  6. Mick Ronson

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    Jason Verduzco: that's a good trivia question.

    What is the name of the only QB to beat the 1990 National Champs?

    if you would have told me we were going to win the MNC at halftime of the Stanford game, I'd still be laughing.
     
  7. CUBUFF80

    CUBUFF80 No Stinkin' Title Club Member

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    If that high, he will forever be a gutless, gun hiding, gangster weasel.
     
  8. BuffNut99

    BuffNut99 Club Member Club Member

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    Yes - if he had voted CU #3 it would have been unanimous. GA Tech won the Coaches Poll by 1 point.
     
  9. CSU Husker

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    Why was EB suspended the first game of that season?
     
  10. Unleash Hell

    Unleash Hell Well-Known Member

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    His moms house was on fire and he pushed a fireman and got arrested. I think that was the story if I remember correctly.
     
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  11. BuffNut99

    BuffNut99 Club Member Club Member

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    I thought he was suspended because he had a gun in his car?
     
  12. FlaBuff

    FlaBuff I drive a Dodge Stratus! Club Member

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    cuflag.png cool commemorative flag...I might have to sport this on the swamp cabin...
     
  13. Unleash Hell

    Unleash Hell Well-Known Member

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    I dont think so, maybe FlaBuff can elaborate.
     
  14. FlaBuff

    FlaBuff I drive a Dodge Stratus! Club Member

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    To the best of my recollection, there was a fire at mom's house. Fire was put out. Fireman was continuing to hack walls to be sure fire was out. EB thought the guy was getting a little to zealous in his work. Shoved him. He was arrested. No guns, Nut. Just stressful situation and an unfortunate end.
     
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    The thing that stood out to me about the OB was how we were methodically and efficiently moving the ball down the field and killing the clock on that last drive, but then the play-calling got very strange and we ended up going from inside the ND 20 to having to punt to the Rocket. And without that TD that gets called back that most likely would've been enough to sway at least 1 voter in the UPI in our favor and it's not a split title.
     
  18. Unleash Hell

    Unleash Hell Well-Known Member

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    And it was such a dominating drive. We had them worn out just like we had all the other teams worn out late in the game that year. Hemmingway was a beast and then like you said, we got stupid with our play calling. We just keep to pounding it like we were and we probably win that game 17-9.
     
  19. 77buff

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    We were completely outplayed in that game. We were never in it. Mac was asked after the game what happened, and his response was he couldn't understand how flat CU came out - he said he thought they were well prepared. 24 - 7. I thought the 94 team was stronger than the 90 team. We absolutely crushed ND, beat Texas, Michigan and waxed OU 45 - 7.
     
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  20. Unleash Hell

    Unleash Hell Well-Known Member

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    The 94 was the best CU team I hae ever seen.
     
  21. BuffNut99

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    I know in the end we were outplayed - but damn we moved the ball pretty well after the first quarter, we just couldn't do anything on 3rd (or 4th down) the entire game - 0 for 15 on 3rd/4th down conversions. Plus, we got killed in special teams. I just think if we had kept some drives alive in the 1st half, put some points on the board, the game goes down to the wire. It was only 0-10 right before the half, we did a good job against Phillips, we just didn't account for the fullback and tight end all day.
    Don't try to dissuade me - I've had 16 years to concoct my version, and I'm sticking to it.
     
  22. CUBUFF80

    CUBUFF80 No Stinkin' Title Club Member

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    My only visit to Cornhusker Park, not a very fun one.
     
  23. Unleash Hell

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    Salaam still had over 100 yards in that game. I think the Wisconsin game was the only one all year he didn't go over 100
     

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