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1990 Colorado Buffaloes Football Team
1990 Colorado Buffaloes football
Consensus national champion
Big Eight champion
Orange Bowl champion
ConferenceBig Eight Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 2
APNo. 1
1990 record11-1-1 (7-0 Big 8)
Head coachBill McCartney (9th season)
Offensive coordinatorGerry DiNardo (12 games)
Gary Barnett (bowl game)
Offensive schemeI-Bone option[1]
Defensive coordinatorMike Hankwitz (3rd season)
Home stadiumFolsom Field
(Capacity: 51,463)
Seasons
← 1989
1991 →
1990 Big 8 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Colorado $ 7 0 0     11 1 1
No. 24 Nebraska 5 2 0     9 3 0
No. 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 defeated Notre Dame 10-9 in the 1991 Orange Bowl to conclude the season.

Colorado was selected national champions by AP, Berryman, Billingsley, DeVold, FB News, Football Research, FW, Matthews, NFF, Sporting News, and USA/CNN, and co-champion by both FACT and NCF -all NCAA-designated major selectors.[2]Georgia Tech took the UPI Coaches poll title,[3] with both Washington and Miami receiving national titles from other selectors.[2]

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 261:00 PMvs. No. 8 Tennessee*No. 5NBCT 31-3133,485
September 66:00 PMStanford*No. 6ESPNW 21-1750,699
September 151:30 PMat No. 21 Illinois*No. 9ABCL 22-2364,351
September 225:30 PMat No. 22 Texas*No. 20ESPNW 29-2277,373
September 291:30 PMNo. 12 Washington*No. 20
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, CO
PSNW 20-1452,868
October 612:30 PMat MissouriNo. 12KCNCW 33-3146,856
October 1311:30 AMIowa StateNo. 14
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, CO
KCNCW 28-1251,861
October 2011:00 AMat KansasNo. 14KCNCW 41-1040,000
October 2712:30 PMNo. 22 OklahomaNo. 10
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, CO
CBSW 32-2351,967
November 32:00 PMat No. 3 NebraskaNo. 9ESPNW 27-1276,464
November 101:00 PMOklahoma StateNo. 4
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, CO
KCNCW 41-2251,873
November 1712:10 PMKansas StateNo. 2
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, CO
KCNCW 64-351,136
January 1, 19916:00 PMNo. 5 Notre Dame*No. 1NBCW 10-977,062

Personnel

Rankings

Ranking movements
Legend: Increase in ranking. Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final
AP 5 (4) 6 9 20 20 12 14 14 10 9 4 (5) 2 (5) 1 (45) 1 (41) 1 (42) 1 (39)
Coaches 5 (2) 7 9 18 16 9 11 14 8 7 3 (2) 2 (3) 1 (45) 1 (39) 1 (38) 2 (27)

Season summary

vs. Tennessee

#5 Colorado vs. #8 Tennessee
1 234Total
Buffaloes 0 10714 31
Volunteers 7 3021 31
      
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Each team dominated with its offensive strength. Mike Pritchard ran for 217 yards and 2 touchdowns as Colorado outgained Tennessee 368-135 on the ground (even with Eric Bienemy sitting out due to a one-game suspension). The Volunteers passed for 368 yards (to Colorado's 68 passing yards), and future NFL wide receivers Carl Pickens and Alvin Harper each had over 100 yards receiving and a touchdown.[4]

Stanford

Stanford at #5 Colorado
1 234Total
Cardinal 14 003 17
Buffaloes 0 0147 21
  • Date: September 6
  • Location: Folsom Field, Boulder, CO
  • Game start: 6:08 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:14
  • Game attendance: 50,699
  • Game weather: 77° F, partly cloudy, Wind NW 5
  • Referee: Dean Cramer
   
Overall record Last meeting Result
2-1 1987 W 31-17

[5]

at Illinois

#9 Colorado at #21 Illinois
1 234Total
Buffaloes 7 1023 22
Fighting Illini 3 776 23
  • Date: September 15
  • Location: Memorial Stadium, Champaign, IL
  • Game attendance: 64,351
  • Game weather: 73° F, clear, Wind NW 10
  • Referee: Tom Quinn
  • Television network: ABC
     
Overall record Last meeting Result
1-0 1989 W 38-7

[6]

at Texas

#20 Colorado at #22 Texas
1 234Total
Buffaloes 7 7015 29
Longhorns 10 363 22
  • Date: September 22
  • Location: Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, TX
  • Game start: 6:39 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:20
  • Game attendance: 77,273
  • Game weather: 79° F, Cloudy/Low Overcast, Wind NE 15-20
  • Referee: Larry Fisher
  • Television network: ESPN
      
Overall record Last meeting Result
1-4 1989 W 27-6

Washington

#12 Washington at #20 Colorado
1 234Total
Huskies 7 070 14
Buffaloes 0 3143 20
  • Date: September 29
  • Location: Folsom Field, Boulder, CO
  • Game start: 1:31 PM
  • Elapsed time: 2:46
  • Game attendance: 52,868
  • Game weather: 55° F, cloudy, Wind E 3
  • Referee: Dean Cramer
  
Overall record Last meeting Result
3-3-1 1989 W 45-28

at Missouri

#12 Colorado at Missouri
1 234Total
Buffaloes 7 7316 33
Tigers 14 0710 31
  • Date: October 6
  • Location: Faurot Field, Columbia, MO
  • Game start: 1:33 PM
  • Elapsed time: 2:58
  • Game attendance: 46,856
  • Game weather: 82° F, partly cloudy, Wind S 15-25
  • Referee: J. C. Louderback
  • Television network: KCNC
       
Overall record Last meeting Result
18-33-3 1989 W 49-3

Iowa State

Iowa State at #14 Colorado
1 234Total
Cyclones 9 300 12
Buffaloes 7 7140 28
  • Date: October 13
  • Location: Folsom Field, Boulder, CO
  • Game start: 1:32 PM
  • Elapsed time: 2:46
  • Game attendance: 51,861
  • Game weather: 72° F, partly cloudy, Wind S 25-40
  • Referee: John Laurie
    
Overall record Last meeting Result
33-10-1 1989 W 52-17

at Kansas

#14 Colorado at Kansas
1 234Total
Buffaloes 17 3210 41
Jayhawks 0 1000 10
  • Date: October 20
  • Location: Memorial Stadium
  • Game start: 12:10 PM
  • Elapsed time: 2:48
  • Game attendance: 40,000
  • Game weather: 67° F, partly cloudy, Wind S 15-20
  • Referee: Larry Fisher
      
Overall record Last meeting Result
29-15-3 1989 W 49-17

Oklahoma

#22 Oklahoma at #10 Colorado
1 234Total
Sooners 7 736 23
Buffaloes 3 9614 32
  • Date: October 27
  • Location: Folsom Field, Boulder, CO
  • Game start: 12:31 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:23
  • Game attendance: 51,967
  • Game weather: 58° F, sunny, Wind E 8
  • Referee: Dean Cramer
      
Overall record Last meeting Result
9-34-1 1989 W 20-3

[7]

at Nebraska

#9 Colorado at #3 Nebraska
1 234Total
Buffaloes 0 0027 27
Cornhuskers 0 660 12
  • Date: November 3
  • Location: Memorial Stadium
  • Game start: 3:07 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:00
  • Game attendance: 76,464
  • Game weather: 38° F, Light rain, Wind N 20-22
  • Referee: John Laurie
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Sean McDonough and Mike Gottfried
    
Overall record Last meeting Result
13-34-1 1989 W 27-21

[8][9][10][11]

Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State at #4 Colorado
1 234Total
Cowboys 7 0015 22
Buffaloes 7 10213 41
  • Date: November 10
  • Location: Folsom Field, Boulder, CO
  • Game start: 1:02 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:09
  • Game attendance: 51,873
  • Game weather: 67° F, sunny, Wind NE 7
  • Referee: John Laurie
      
Overall record Last meeting Result
16-15-1 1989 W 41-17

Kansas State

Kansas State at #4 Colorado
1 234Total
Wildcats 0 300 3
Buffaloes 17 23321 64
  • Date: November 17
  • Location: Folsom Field, Boulder, CO
  • Game start: 12:12 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:19
  • Game attendance: 51,136
  • Game weather: 65° F, partly cloudy, Wind NE 8
  • Referee: Larry Fisher
        
Overall record Last meeting Result
33-12 1989 W 59-11

The Buffs scored early and often while totaling 634 yards of total offense (360 rushing).[12][13]

Notre Dame (Orange Bowl)

#5 Notre Dame vs. #1 Colorado
1 234Total
Fighting Irish 0 630 9
Buffaloes 0 370 10
  
Overall record Last meeting Result
0-3 1990 L 6-21

[14][15]

Team players drafted into the NFL

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

[16]

Awards and honors

References

  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-10-10. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ a b 2018 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision Records (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. August 2018. p. 114. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ Stone, Gene (January 3, 1991). "Tech Scores Split Decision, is Voted No. 1 by Coaches". Gadsden Times. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ "COLORADO, TENNESSEE PLAY 31-31 TIE". Washington Post. August 27, 1990. Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ "Colorado 21, Stanford 17". UPI. September 6, 1990. Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ "Illinois 23, Colorado 22". United Press International. September 15, 1990. Retrieved 2019.
  7. ^ "Colorado Takes Option Away From Oklahoma". Los Angeles Times. October 28, 1990. Retrieved 2019.
  8. ^ "Colorado 27, Nebraska 12". UPI. November 3, 1990. Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ "Home is No Protection for Perfection: No. 3 Cornhuskers suffer first loss as Colorado takes inside track for trip to Orange Bowl, 27-12". Los Angeles Times. November 4, 1990. Retrieved 2019.
  10. ^ Jenkins, Sally (November 12, 1990). "Better Late Than Never". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2019.
  11. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1990 Nov 4. Retrieved 2015-Nov-05.
  12. ^ "Buffaloes Stampede Their Way to Top". Los Angeles Times. November 18, 1990. Retrieved 2019.
  13. ^ "Colorado ascends to No. 1". UPI. November 18, 1990. Retrieved 2019.
  14. ^ "Top-Ranked Colorado Holds Off Notre Dame". New York Times. January 2, 1991. Retrieved 2018.
  15. ^ Murphy, Austin (January 14, 1991). "Clip Off the Old Block". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2019.
  16. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1991.htm
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-07-12. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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