No. 31 – 2007: CU 65, Nebraska 51 / Player No. 31: Sal Aunese


2007- In a game between two teams vying for bowl-eligibility, Buffs rally from a 35-24 halftime deficit to take down Nebraska, 65-51, before 51,403 frigid fans at Folsom (with game video) … Player No. 31: Quarterback Sal Aunese (1987-88) – with multiple videos …

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A promising season ends with a five-game losing streak, including a first-ever (for Tad Boyle) first-round loss in the Pac-12 tournament … A (very possible) first-round loss in the NCAA tournament denied the Buffs when the NCAA tournament is cancelled … Tyler Bey announces his intention to leave early for the NBA Draft …

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2009 – CU rallies from a 21-10 halftime deficit to defeat Texas A&M, 35-34 … The game also remembered for being a “Blue Out” as Buff fans tire of Dan Hawkins … Player No. 32: Offensive tackle Nate Solder (2006-10), CU’s first-ever consensus All-American at the offensive tackle position …

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Sept. 2, 1995 … CU had lost a great deal of talent (and its head coach) from the 1994 team, and opened on the road against No. 21 Wisconsin … The result? No. 14 Colorado 43, No. 21 Wisconsin 7 in Rick Neuheisel’s first game as head coach … Player No. 33: Linebacker Ted Johnson (1991-94) …

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A companion piece to Episode 1 of the CU at the Game Podcast … A look back at all of the CU head coaching changes, from Bill McCartney taking over in June, 1982, to Mel Tucker’s introduction to the Buff Nation just over a year ago … Some new coaches worked out – some didn’t …

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Welcome to the premiere of the CU at the Game Podcast! … In the first of what will hopefully be a long-running series of podcasts, Brad Geiger and I discuss the departure of Mel Tucker, the hiring of Karl Dorrell, and the status of CU football …

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2010 … The Buff defense gets a fumble recovery with 1:59 remaining, preserving a 29-27 victory over Georgia … Both teams squander double-digit leads in an exciting game … No. 34 Player: WR/KR Jeff Campbell (1986-89) …

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In 1999, CU quarterback Mike Moschetti returned from injury to lead CU to a 38-24 win over No. 24 Oklahoma … The win gave CU an 8-0-1 over the Sooners, the best nine-game run of any Sooner opponent in history … No. 35 Player: CB Ahkello Witherspoon (2014-16) …

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The 38-6 domination of Oregon in the 1996 Cotton Bowl was a sweet end to the first season under Rick Neuheisel, but the game had an unintended consequence – the creation of NikeU … Player No. 36: Running back Bobby Purify (2000-04), the third-leading rusher in CU history …

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1998 Aloha Bowl: CU receives the gift of six turnovers on Christmas Day from No. 21 Oregon in a 51-43 shootout … Buffs finish 8-4, but receive a shock a few weeks later when Rick Neuheisel bolts for Washington … CU picks Gary Barnett after Gary Kubiak passes … No. 37 Player: Linebacker Greg Biekert (1989-92) …

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CU is one of three Pac-12 teams to not have a single spring practice – will disparities of practice be resolved fairly? … Should winter sport athletes be provided another year’s eligibility? … Hated Nebraska already scheming to take advantage of NIL payoffs …

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1995 … No. 4 CU traveled to Norman to face No. 10 Oklahoma without injured star QB Koy Detmer … Enter John Hessler, who threw for five touchdowns in a 38-17 rout … Essay – “Yo, Howard (Schnellenberger): Sit down and shut up” … No. 38 Player: QB Cody Hawkins …

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