Washington State – Buffs take out Ryan Leaf

  — August 31st – Boulder          No. 5 Colorado 37, Washington State 19 — Senior quarterback Koy Detmer made a triumphant return to Folsom Field, leading the Buffs to a convincing 37-19 win over Washington State. Washington State came into the game on the heels of a 3-8 1995 campaign, but were not to be taken lightly. Led by sophomore quarterback Ryan Leaf, the Cougars were picked to finish in the middle of the Pac-10 Conference in 1996. The Buffs started slowly, scoring only on a 31-yard field goal by …


— Preseason – 1996 — The August 16, 1996, edition of the Buffalo Sports News had quarterback Koy Detmer and linebacker Matt Russell on its cover. Modeling the Buffs’ new uniforms, Detmer and Russell were posed wearing uniform numbers 19 and 96. The headline read: “Is this the Year?” It was a question which was being asked often about the 1996 Buffs, and not just in Boulder. Nebraska was the two-time defending national champion, but the consensus of the preseason prognosticators was that Colorado had the talent to win it …

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