This Day in History –  October 10th

Colorado on October 10th – 9-5

1896 – East Denver H.S. – W 41-0;

1899 – East Denver H.S. – W 33-0;

1903 – Colorado State – W 10-0;

1914 – Alumni – W 27-3;

1931 – Colorado Mines – W 27-0;

1953 – Kansas – L 27-21;

1959 – Kansas State – W 20-17;

1964 – Oklahoma State – L 14-10;

1970 – Iowa State – W 61-10;

1975 – Miami (Fla.) – W 23-10;

1981 – Nebraska – L 59-0;

1987 – Oklahoma State – L 42-17;

1998 – Kansas State – L 16-9.

October 10thColorado – best game on this date

While 2009 Colorado recruits Zach Grossnickle, DaVaughn Thornton, and Quintin Hildreth may take umbrage at the fact that CU is 2-0 against their alma mater, Denver East High School, the Buffs have had more important victories on October 10th.

No. 13 Colorado at Miami (Fla.) – October 10, 1975

The week before the Buffs played Miami, the 19th-ranked Buffs gave No.1 Oklahoma all it could handle, falling 21-20 in Norman. CU head coach Bill Mallory decided to go for a game-tying extra point after the Buffs had scored with 1:21 remaining. Colorado kicker Tom MacKenzie, though, shanked the kick, and the Sooners escaped with the win.

Despite the loss, the Buffs actually moved up six spots in the polls (Oklahoma, even with the win, fell to #2 in the next poll). There was no chance to rest or reflect, though, as the Buffs had to go on the road again, this time to play Miami on a Friday night. The Hurricanes, while 0-3, were far from an easy match. Miami had stuck close to Oklahoma, falling 20-17, and had stayed close to Nebraska in Lincoln, losing 31-16, the week before the Buffs came to town.

The Buffs, led by quarterback David Williams and running back Tony Reed, came away a 23-10 victory. The Colorado offense also had a number of other familiar names (and future NFL players), including split end Dave Logan, tight end Don Hasselbeck, center Stan Brock, and wingbacks Billy Waddy and Emery Moorehead, while the defense featured defensive end Whitney Paul and a certain linebacker by the name of Brian Cabral.

The win gave the Buffs a 4-1 record, along with a #12 ranking. Colorado, despite a 63-21 loss to #4 Nebraska two weeks after the Miami game, would rise to #9 at the end of the regular season. A 38-21 loss to Texas in the Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl in Houston gave Colorado a final record of 9-3, and a #16 final ranking.

Best Games in College Football History – October 10th

1970 – #2 Texas 41, Oklahoma 9 (Dallas)

– Oklahoma had lost 11 of the previous 12 games in the series, so the Sooners tried a new attack – the wishbone. Oklahoma did catch Texas off-guard, and took a 3-0 lead in the second quarter. After that, however, the Longhorns dominated, pulling away for a 41-9. Texas went on to an undefeated regular season and a #1 ranking, but fell to Notre Dame, 24-11, in the Cotton Bowl to hand Nebraska the national championship.

1981 – Arizona 13, #1 USC 10

– Three touchdown underdog Arizona stunned USC behind a quarterback named Tom Tunnicliffe. At least one Trojan had a good day – running back Marcus Allen rushed for 211 yards, becoming the first back in NCAA history to rush for over 200 yards in five consecutive games. Allen would go on to win the Heisman trophy in 1981, but the Trojans did not recover from the upset loss, finishing the season with a 9-3 record, ranked 14th.

1987 – Indiana 31, #9 Ohio State 10

– In one of the biggest wins in Bill Mallory’s 13-year tenure as the coach at Indiana, the Hoosiers dominated the Buckeyes. Running back Anthony Thompson led Indiana, posting 126 yards as the Hoosiers won for the first time since 1951 in the series, breaking an 0-30-1 streak. Mallory, who had previously coached at Colorado, would lead Indiana to the Peach Bowl, where the Hoosiers fell to Tennessee to finish with an 8-4 record. Top ten Ohio State fell out of the top ten with the loss, and would go on to post a 6-4-1 record in what turned out to be the final year for OSU under head coach Earl Bruce.

1998 – #18 Texas A&M 28, #2 Nebraska 21

– Nebraska lost a game for the first time in 19 outings, and lost a Big 12 conference game for the first time in 40 games, as the Aggies won in College Station, 28-21. Texas A&M had never beaten a team ranked as high as #2 before, with a Sugar Bowl win over #4 Tulane in 1939 being the best previous effort. Members of the Sugar Bowl team were on hand to be honored at halftime of the game, and it seemed to help, as the Aggies rolled to 259 yards on the ground. The Aggies used the win as a springboard for a great season, including an upset win over Kansas State to claim the Big 12 title. Nebraska would go on to lose three more games in the first season under head coach Frank Solich, finishing 9-4, ranked 19th.

3 Replies to “This Day in History – Oct. 10th”

  1. Pure awesomeness that you found that East High statistics from 110 years back. (Hmmm, I wonder how CU would do against East High THIS year? Just kidding, but they are 4-1 right now. And we are … yeah.)

    I noticed the name “Billy Waddy” on the 1975 recap. Did you know there is a very talented, very big guy on the East roster right now named Michael Waddy? Any relation? That would be a major coincidence.

    Since Billy Waddy would be in his early 50s, it’s possible, isn’t it?

    Keep up the good work, Stuart.

  2. J-

    Some folks are talking about Tommy Tuberville, but I do think $$$ is going to be the issue with Tuberville or any other “big name”. Even with the Buffs coming off a four North titles in five year span in 2005, we got a WAC coach as a replacement, not a “big name”. Our status as a national team has only fallen since then …

    At this point, with players leaving and morale at a low not seen in over 20 years, I’m anxious to talk about any new name.

  3. Montana, tell me this, why isn’t ANYONE talking about Tommy Tuberville as a possible replacement? I don’t buy into the theory that a team has to wait 3-4 years before seeing results upon hiring a new coach (e.g. Nick Saban – LSU / Alabama, Steve Sarkisian – UW, Bob Stoops – OU). To me, Tuberville is EXACTLY what we need!! First, I think he can re-establish ties to recuiting in the south (which we desperately need). Second, he has coached in the SEC for crying out loud and knows what it takes to compete in the “big boy conferences”. Last, he gets his team fired up before the games and chews some arse when they screw up.

    I’m not an Auburn homer, heck I’m originally from Louisiana, but in order to win we have to establish a recruiting pipeline to the south again. Why in the world do you think coaches would rather have a SEC coaching job over any over conference … because the abundance of talent there supercedes their ability to actually coach (e.g. Les Miles – who was barely over .500 while at OK State, Gene Chizek – we all know the story of ISU). It’s not that Tuberville is the greatest coach to coach the game, but we NEED players from the south, period, and I think he would have the connections to bring them here.

    While I think Dave Logan would be a great nostalgic / feel good choice for head coach, the bottom line is the talent level for high school football players in CO has to be at the bottom of the barrel nationaly. Sure we produce a couple of good players every year, but let’s be honest, with the exception of Jeremy Bloom “speed” is usually not synonymous with white kids.

    Maybe money is the biggest factor why we can’t draw an out of job SEC coach in, but was wondering if there were any other reasons why Tuberville’s name has not come up in conversation with head coaching replacements.

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