No. 5 Kansas State – The End of An Era


— September 30th – Boulder           No. 5 Kansas State 44, Colorado 21 — Kansas State quarterback Jonathan Beasley combined for 361 yards of total offense as the 5th-ranked Wildcats humbled the winless Colorado Buffaloes, 44-21. Beasley hit on 15-of-25 passes for 293 yards and three scores as Kansas State raced to a 13-0 lead five minutes into the contest and never looked back. Kansas State took control of the game from the outset. Colorado failed to produce a first down until its third drive. Meanwhile, the Wildcats posted two touchdowns on …

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— September 16th – Boulder           No. 9 Washington 17, Colorado 14 — Former Colorado head coach Rick Neuheisel made his return to Boulder a successful one, as Neuheisel’s 9th-ranked Washington Huskies defeated Colorado, 17-14. Playing before 50,454 sweltering CU faithful, Washington overcame four turnovers to turn back winless Colorado. Husky quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo passed for 200 yards and rushed for 43 more to lead the undefeated Huskies, while Bobby Pesavento, making his first career start for Colorado, managed 174 yards on 15-of-27 passing. Washington dominated the first half of the game, …

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  — September 9th – at USC           No. 11 USC 17, Colorado 14 — Southern California kicker David Newbury connected on a 23-yard field goal with 13 seconds remaining to give the 11th-ranked Trojans a 17-14 win over Colorado. A crowd of 65,153 was on hand in the Los Angeles Coliseum to witness a defensive struggle between two offenses which could move the football but could not capitalize on opportunities. USC quarterback Carson Palmer hit on 25-of-31 passes for the game, but could not manufacture more than two touchdowns. The Buffs’ …

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  — September 2nd – at Denver           Colorado State 28, No. 23 Colorado 24 — The third and (at the time) final edition of the Rocky Mountain Showdown produced a close, intense game the promoters had hoped for from the beginning. The 1998 and 1999 Mile High Stadium showcases had resulted in routs, but the 2000 game between Colorado and Colorado State remained in doubt all afternoon, with the CSU Rams coming from ten points down to defeat the Buffs, 28-24. Colorado State senior quarterback Matt Newton had a career day, …

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