Top 40 of the Past 40 – No. 11


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1994 – Iowa State: What could top the story of Kordell Stewart becoming the Big Eight all-time leader for total offense … or Rashaan Salaam topping 2,000 yards and clinching the Heisman trophy? How’s about Bill McCartney resigning? … Player No. 11: Defensive back Deon Figures (1988-92) …

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Buff fans have been wandering in the desert for 15 years, but at least we were together on the journey … Without games, we have lost out outlet for our joys and frustrations … We need to have the matchup against CSU to take place, if only to have a (socially responsible) way to vent our emotions …

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1994 Season – Bill McCartney, Kordell Stewart and Rashaan Salaam cap their careers with a 41-24 rout of Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl (with full game video) … Buffs finish 11-1, with a No. 3 national ranking … Player No. 12: RB Rodney Stewart (2008-11) – CU’s second-leading all-time rusher, and first Buff to lead the team in rushing for four seasons …

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Is it time to push the panic button on CU’s 94-ranked Recruiting Class? … Should CU be scheduling twice as many Power Five non-conference as do its Pac-12 rivals? … Would Sal Aunese, had he not been stricken with cancer, have led CU to back-to-back national championship games? …

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You want numbers? Well, here are the numbers … A look at non-conference scheduling in the Pac-12 (CU has 18 Power-Five games lined up; half of the Pac-12 has nine or less) …. CU Recruiting numbers for the past decade, looking both at composite rankings and total Power-Five offers …

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1998: The first-ever collegiate game played in Mile High Stadium had a crowd of 76,036 on hand to watch the Buffs destroy No. 15 CSU, 42-14 … Player No. 13: QB Sefo Liufau, the record-setting (100 to be exact) warrior (including my post-Alamo Bowl essay, “Thanks, Sefo”) …

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2016: Colorado 41, Oregon 38 … Steven Montez posts the first 300/100 yard game in CU history in first career start … Ahkello Witherspoon saves the day with last minute interception … with video highlights … Player No. 14: Laviska Shenault (career highlight video says it all) …

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Dave Plati’s list includes the ’89 win over Nebraska (Hagan-to-Pritchard pitch) … To which I have added … The 32-23 win over No. 22 Oklahoma in ’90 … The fake field goal which defeated Oklahoma State in ’91 … And the Isaiah Oliver punt return game v. UCLA in 2016 (with video highlights of all four games) …

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1989 – Illinois came to Boulder with a star QB in Jeff George and a No. 10 national ranking, but left with a humbling 38-7 defeat … The game was also the last for Sal Aunese … Essay: Remembering Sal … Player No. 15: Tight End Jon Embree (1983-86) …

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From the Archives: Stories from the turbulent first two weeks of June, 2010 … Would there be a “Pac-16”? Would Baylor be able to squeeze out CU? Would Nebraska leave the Big 12 for the Big Ten? What about Missouri? Texas A&M? … Then, for five days, there was the “Pac-11″…

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Dave Plati’ Top Three includes big wins in 1961, 1976, and 1989, all of which helped lead CU to Big Eight titles … To which I have added: Mike Moschetti leads Buffs to upset of Oklahoma in ’99; Buffs take down Kliff Klingsbury in ’02; and Buffs clinch bowl bid in road win over Stanford in 2016 …

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2016 – Buffs rally behind a stellar defensive effort to defeat No. 21 Utah, 27-22 … Defense holds Utes to 339 yards of total offense and force four turnovers to claim Pac-12 South crown (with video highlights) … Player No. 16: Butkus Award winning linebacker Matt Russell (1993-96) …

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