1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

CU at Its Best – No. 14

Discussion in 'CU Buffs Newsroom' started by RSSBot, May 23, 2015.

  1. RSSBot

    RSSBot News Junkie

    Jul 8, 2005
    Likes Received:
    By Stuart

    [h=3]CU at Its Best – No. 14********* September 14, 1985**********Colorado 21, Oregon 17[/h]—
    Note … This is the*seventh in a series of the best CU games of the past 35 seasons. We will be counting down the top 20 games, with a new game each weekend leading up to the season opener against Hawai’i.

    Previous submissions:
    CU at Its Best No. 15 – November 18, 1995**********No. 9 Colorado 27, No. 7 Kansas State 17
    CU at Its Best No. 16 – September 29, 2007********Colorado 27, No. 3 Oklahoma 24
    CU at Its Best No. 17 –**August 30, 2003**************Colorado 42, No. 23 Colorado State 35
    CU at Its Best No. 18 – September 16, 1989******** No. 8 Colorado*38, No. 10 Illinois 7
    CU at Its Best No. 19 – December 31, 1999********** Colorado 62, No. 25 Boston College 28 (Insight.com Bowl)
    CU at Its Best No. 20 – September 2, 1995********** No. 14 Colorado 43, No. 21 Wisconsin 7

    [h=3]September 14th – Boulder********** Colorado 21, Oregon 17[/h]—
    Mickey Pruitt’s sack of Oregon quarterback Chris Miller as time expired allowed Colorado*to raise its season record to 2-0 for the first time since 1978 with an exciting 21-17 win over the Ducks in Boulder.
    The Buffs offense made it look easy in the first quarter, racing to a 14-0 lead. Sophomore fullback Anthony Weatherspoon scored on a ten-yard run, followed shortly thereafter by a three yard touchdown run by quarterback Mark Hatcher.
    After the quick start, though, Oregon dominated through the middle quarters, forging a 17-14 advantage early in the fourth quarter.
    Then the game really*got interesting.
    Quarterback Mark Hatcher scored on a 22-yard run early in the fourth quarter to put the Buffs back on top, 21-17. After that, the defense was asked to take over. Specifically, the game, and the fragile confidence of Colorado’s young team, came down to the play of two sophomore defensive backs, David Tate and Mickey Pruitt.
    With the Buffs holding on to a tenuous four-point lead after Hatcher’s run, Oregon drove down the field. The drive was thwarted, however, by an interception by David Tate at the Buffs’ 10 yard line. After the pick, the Buffs were held deep in their own territory and were quickly forced to punt. Punter Barry Helton did his part, with a 68-yard kick down to the Ducks 13-yard line.
    5:23 still remained. Colorado 21, Oregon 17.
    The Ducks, led by future NFL quarterback Chris Miller, methodically drove from its own 13 to the Colorado three-yard line as the clock ticked off the final minutes of the game. Oregon had a first-and-goal at the Colorado five yard line with a minute left in the game. Three plays netted only two yards, however, with Buff fans pleading with the defense to hold on for one*more play.
    Faced with fourth-and-goal*at*the Colorado three yard line, Chris Miller called time out. Only nine seconds remained on the game clock.
    The game would come down to one play.
    What would it be for the Buffs? Would Colorado double its 1984 win total in only the second week of the game, or would the black cloud which had hung over Folsom Field for the previous five years again rain upon*the Buffs and their faithful fans?
    Enter Mickey Pruitt.
    Sophomore strong safety Mickey Pruitt was a member of Bill McCartney’s first recruiting class. It was fitting then, that it was Pruitt who broke through on a safety blitz, flushed Miller out of the pocket, and sacked the Oregon quarterback before Miller could get off the pass.
    Ball turned over on downs. Game over. Colorado 21, Oregon 17.
    How big was the win?
    Coach McCartney after the game: “I think that could be a turning point for our program.”
    In retrospect, who can argue with that statement?
    Here is a You Tube video of the final play, one of Bill McCartney’s Top Five plays:

    Ed Reinhardt Day
    Only*30,373 were in attendance for the 1985*Colorado/Oregon game.
    That’s a shame.
    The occasion deserved nothing less than a sellout crowd of 50,000+. Not only because of the win, but because of the halftime activities that afternoon. The Oregon game in 1985 was designated at Colorado as “Ed Reinhardt Day”. After collapsing in Eugene after the Colorado/Oregon game the year before, Reinhardt spent two months in a coma. By September, 1985, Reinhardt was in an extensive rehabilitation program at Craig Hospital in Denver.
    Halftime festivities saluted not only Reinhardt, but also the Oregon team and the city of Eugene, Oregon, whose outpouring of assistance had not gone unnoticed in Boulder. Reinhardt’s presence was an emotional lift for a program which needed one.
    The exciting win could well be attributed to a player who never played a down in the game, Ed Reinhardt.
    Game Notes -
    – Both quarterback Mark Hatcher (16 rushes, 114 yards) and fullback Anthony Weatherspoon (25 rushes for 101 yards) eclipsed the 100-yard barrier against Oregon, with Ron Brown (eight rushes for 83 yards) not far behind. The Oregon game marked the first time since 1978 (v. Kansas) that Colorado had two players rush for over 100 yards in the same game.
    – Colorado out-gained Oregon on the afternoon, 390 yards to 328, with the two teams taking different paths to offensive yards. The Buffs had 342 yards rushing to only 106 for the Ducks, but Oregon had 222 yards passing, while Colorado completed only two passes (in five attempts), going for 48 yards.
    – Junior linebacker Barry Remington, who would go on to lead the Buffs in tackles in 1985 with 162, led the Buffs with 22 tackles (13 unassisted) against Oregon.
    – Barry Helton’s 68-yard punt certainly helped the Buffs against the Ducks, but it was well short of the school-record 84-yard punt (“without roll”) Byron “Whizzer” White laid on Missouri in 1937. Oddly enough, Helton’s effort was his only punt of the afternoon.
    – Oregon would go on to finish the 1985 season with a 5-6 record; 3-4 in the Pac-10. In a harbinger of what the Buffs were to face later in the season, Oregon, two weeks after facing Colorado, would fall to No. 14 Nebraska, 63-0.

    Originally posted by CU At the Game
    Click here to vie

Share This Page