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1998 Season Archive

  National and Big 12 Recap – 1998 The Tennessee Volunteers capped off an undefeated 13-0 season by defeating 2nd-ranked Florida State, 23-16, in the Fiesta Bowl to claim their first national championship in almost 50 years. Coach-of-the-Year Phillip Fulmer led the Volunteers to the Bowl Championship Series national title the year after Peyton Manning had taken his talents to the pros. The only other Division 1-A school to finish unblemished was the Green Wave of Tulane, which completed its season with a 12-0 record and a No. 7 ranking […]

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— Duck Soup A match-up against the 6-5 Washington Huskies seemed the most likely scenario for the Buffs as championship games were being contested in other conferences. Amongst the title games being played in early December, though, was a make-up game between Miami and UCLA. The game, originally scheduled for September 26th, had been re-scheduled to December 5th due to fears that a hurricane would hit the Miami area the last weekend in September. For UCLA, playing the game in December proved disastrous, as the 3rd-ranked Bruins fell to the Hurricanes, 49-45. […]

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— November 27th – at Nebraska           No. 14 Nebraska 16, Colorado 14 — “General” Robert Neyland, longtime head coach at the University of Tennessee, is a legendary name in the annals of college football. In leading the Volunteers to over 160 wins in 20 seasons, the College Football Hall of Fame coach was used to winning. “Almost all games,” Neyland pointed out, “are lost by the losers, not won by the winners.” Such was the case in Memorial Stadium on Thanksgiving weekend, 1998. The Buffs, despite facing a Nebraska team equally […]

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  November 14th – Boulder           Colorado 37, Iowa State 8 At least some things could be depended on. Nursing losing streaks against four of the five members of the Big 12 Northern division, Colorado could at least depend on Iowa State. The Cyclones came to Boulder for the 1998 home finale winless in Big 12 action. The Buffs desperately needed a win to keep their bowl hopes alive, and Iowa State was the perfect opponent. Oft-injured senior tailback Marlon Barnes rushed for a career-high 237 yards and two touchdowns as Colorado […]

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— November 7th – at Missouri           No. 18 Missouri 38, Colorado 14 — In losing to Kansas two weeks earlier, Colorado had suffered its first road loss in that series since 1981. Heading into Columbia, Missouri, CU had won six straight on the Tigers’ home turf. Say goodbye to another positive streak. Not bothering to leave it to a question as to whether the Buffs would be sluggish coming off of their bye week, Missouri raced to a 14-0 lead with ten minutes still remaining to play in the first quarter, […]

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  October 24th – @ Kansas           Kansas 33, No. 17 Colorado 17 After committing only two penalties against Texas Tech, the Colorado Buffaloes resorted to familiar form for the 1998 season, committing 12 penalties against Kansas. The penalties, along with four turnovers and still more injuries (including key injuries to running back Marlon Barnes and quarterback Mike Moschetti), helped the Kansas Jayhawks upset 17th-ranked Colorado in Lawrence, 33-17. All phases of the game went dark for CU in the night sky in Lawrence. The Buffs’ defense, which had held up admirably […]

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  October 17th – Boulder           No. 19 Colorado 19, No. 22 Texas Tech 17 Another day, another ranked, undefeated team coming to Boulder. While Kansas State was predicted to face Colorado as an undefeated team, the same could not have been said for Texas Tech before the start of the 1998 season. Yet the Red Raiders were 6-0, 3-0 in Big 12 play, and were one of the pleasant surprises of the 1998 season. 6-5 in 1997, Texas Tech had been tarnished by allegations of “academic irregularities”, and had lost […]

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  October 10th – Boulder           No. 5 Kansas State 16, No. 14 Colorado 9 Kansas State came to Boulder with a 2-24 all-time record in games played on the Buffs’ home turf. The Wildcats in 1998, though, were beating their opponents by an average of 57 points a game, and had a defense which had allowed a total of 21 points in Kans State’s first four contests. Despite its lofty status and undefeated record, though, Kansas State had yet to garner much support as a national power. The Wildcats started the season ranked […]

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