A Pleasant Stroll Down Memory Lane – 1986; 1991; 1996; 2001 and, for fun, 2016

The 2021 season is now within our sights, and, with any luck, it will feel like a normal season.

As we wait for the September 3rd opener against Northern Colorado, let’s spend some quality time this summer with some great Buff teams of the past. The 2021 season will be the 35th anniversary the 1986 season (with the greatest CU game in the past 50 years), the 30th anniversary of the 1991 season (Big Eight three-peat); the 25th anniversary of the 1996 season (the first season of the Big 12); and the 20th anniversary of the 2001 season (62-36, anyone?). Oh, and it’s already the fifth anniversary of the Buffs unexpected run to the Pac-12 South title in 2016.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll take a look back at the 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2016 seasons, posting the week-by-week results (if you want to read ahead, the CU at the Game Archives are always there for you). I look forward to your reading your comments, and hearing your stories …

Previously postedPreseasonGame OnesGame TwosGame ThreesGame FoursGame FivesGame SixesGame SevensGame EightsGame Nines

*** Note *** … The CU at the Game Podcast has been dovetailing with this series. Episode 9 of Season Two, includes our discussion of the 1986 Nebraska game (20-10!!) and the 1991 “Ice Bowl” v. Nebraska (a 19-19 tie). Episode 10 of Season Two, meanwhile, includes our discussion of the 2001 Nebraska game (62-36!!) and the 2016 Oregon game (“The biggest play in Colorado football for years!!”).  Those episodes, along with every other CU at the Game Podcast, can be found here

Game Tens …

1986 Season – “A Game For the Ages” 

 

Game Ten (CU came into the game 5-4, 5-0 in Big Eight play) … No. 4 Oklahoma 28, Colorado 0

Goaaaalposts …. Goaaaalposts

On October 25th, as the final seconds of the Nebraska game ticked away, the chant of “Goaaaalposts …. Goaaalposts” drifted through the student section.  The indication was clear – the goalposts were coming down.  In the stands before the start of the Oklahoma game, the chant returned.

The confidence that lightning really could strike twice, that the Buffs really could conquer both of the “Big Two” in the same season, was only enhanced when the a 120-yard gold ribbon was unfurled just before the kickoff of the Colorado/Oklahoma game.  The ribbon stretched from goalpost to goalpost, and was presented by some corporate sponsor (I’m sorry, I can’t remember which one.  I’m guessing it was Coors) who had donated the funds to replace the goalposts torn down after the Nebraska game.  The fans were given a clear message – nothing would please the school more than to have to replace the goalposts a second time.

It would not be easy.

Oklahoma in 1986, defending its 1985 national championship, was a juggernaut.

Coming into the contest against the Buffs, Oklahoma was first in the nation in rushing offense (431.6 yards/game), first in the nation in total offense (499.4 yards/game), and first in the nation in scoring offense (46.4 points/game).  On the other side of the ball, Oklahoma was first in the nation in rushing defense (48.9 yards/game), first in the nation in total defense (166.6 yards/game), and first in the nation in scoring defense (6.2 points/game).  The Sooners were on their way to the triple-crown in both offense and defense.

Colorado was not in the top ten nationally in any of the six categories.

CU head coach Bill McCartney, for one, was not intimidated.

“Our kids will fight their hearts out”, McCartney promised, “The Buffs are going to make a real run at these guys.”

There was one category in which the Buffs were nationally ranked … behind All-American punter Barry Helton, Colorado was second in the nation in net punting.

The Buffs would need him.

November 15th – Boulder          No. 4 Oklahoma 28, Colorado 0

Some 52,702 fans, the 8th-largest crowd in Folsom Field history to that time, crammed in to watch the Buffs fall short against a superior Oklahoma squad.  Colorado’s offense never got on track all afternoon, as the Buffs never were closer to scoring than the Sooner 39-yard line in a 28-0 shutout.

The nation’s No. 1 ranked defense held the Buffs to only 127 yards on the ground, and a pathetic one-for-eight passing.  Colorado did not help its own cause, turning the ball over four times.

The most painful turnover came with 7:45 left in the first half.  Colorado trailed only 7-0 at the time, but had the ball at its own two yard line.  A fumble and a one-play, two-yard drive by Oklahoma later, Colorado was behind 14-0 in a game where two scores may have well as been ten.

The final score was not indicative of the effort put in by the Buffs’ defense.

The Sooners, while compiling 344 yards rushing, always played to a short field.  On the day, the average starting position for Oklahoma’s drives was its own 48 yard line.  Translation:  the game was played almost entirely on the Buffs’ side of the field.  The score could have been much, much worse.

“I’m not disappointed with the kids”, said head coach Bill McCartney after the game, “I’m proud of them.  They fought hard.”  Continuing to be upbeat, McCartney noted that the 5-5 Buffs could still claim a share of the Big Eight title.  “If we win in Manhattan (against Kansas State) and Nebraska wins (against the Sooners), we’ll have a share of the Big Eight title.  That will be a heckuva year for us.”

At least one reporter was also sold on the Buffs’ and their effort.  Rocky Mountain News honored columnist Dick Conner put the day in perspective:

“…. CU went to the Freedom Bowl last year.  It could wind up next Saturday as Big Eight co-champion.  Yesterday, for almost 51 minutes, it played one of the best teams anywhere as well as McCartney or even the most fervent alum could hope. The CU program, in such absolute tatters just four years ago, is healthy and thriving again. That was yesterday’s real result.”

Colorado was now 5-1 in Big Eight play, but, more importantly, 5-5 overall. A season-ending loss to Kansas State would guarantee the Buffs would stay home for the holidays in 1986.

Continue reading game story here

1991 Season – “Kissing Your Sister”

 

Game Ten (CU came into the game 6-2-1, 4-0-1 in Big Eight play) … No. 16 Colorado 30, Kansas 24 … The Kansas Jayhawks, despite a lopsided 59-23 loss to Nebraska the weekend before, still harbored hopes of post-season play heading into the Colorado game.  Kansas was 5-4 on the year, including shutout wins over Iowa State (41-0) and Oklahoma State (31-0).  The Kansas/Oklahoma State score, if not the Buffs’ overall performance in the 16-12 nail-biter against the Cowboys, should have been to focus Colorado on the task at hand.

Once again, though, the Buffs were in a dogfight which came down to the game’s final minute.

Early in the third quarter, last minute heroics did not appear to be the order of the day, but it was not because of Colorado’s domination.  With 10:49 remaining in the third quarter, the Buffs found themselves down 24-10 to the Jayhawks.  The teams had battled to a 10-10 halftime tie, with the Colorado touchdown coming on a 48-yard touchdown pass from halfback Lamont Warren to wide receiver Charles Johnson on an option play.

The second half, though, started out all Jayhawks, as Colorado fumbled on its first second half possession before fumbling the ensuing two kickoffs.  In less than four minutes of playing time, the Buffs had dug themselves into a 24-10 hole.

Vance Joseph, again substituting for an injured Darian Hagan, cut the Kansas lead to 24-17 with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Michael Westbrook late in the third quarter.  Then, with over 12 minutes still to play, Lamont Warren scored on a 19-yard run.  Spurning the tie, Bill McCartney went for a two-point conversion and the lead.  The pass fell short, though, and the Buffs still trailed, 24-23.

For the second successive week, Vance Joseph was asked to lead the Buffs on a gave-saving drive.

Taking over at the Colorado 20-yard line with just two minutes left to play, Joseph led the Buffs on an eight-play, 80-yard drive through a snowstorm.  Joseph passed 22 yards to Rico Smith before Lamont Warren broke loose for a 28-yard run, setting the Buffs up inside the Kansas ten yard line with under a minute to play.  With 40 seconds remaining, fullback James Hill did the honors from a yard out, giving Colorado a 30-24 win.

The Buffs were now 7-2-1 (5-0-1 in Big Eight play). All that remained on the 1991 regular season schedule was a road trip to Iowa State.  The Cyclones were 3-6-1 on the season, and bad weather was once again forecast.  On the upside, Darian Hagan was set to resume his full-time duties at quarterback.

After the close calls experienced against second-division teams in Oklahoma State and Kansas, and with the Big Eight championship still on the line, it did not seem that motivation for a win against the Cyclones would be difficult.

But in 1991, nothing was coming easy for the defending national champions.

Bowl Predictions

Most of the nation’s attention in mid-November was focused on the top of the polls, where No. 2 Miami knocked off No. 1 Florida State, 17-16, to assume the top spot. Right behind Miami in the polls was Washington, No. 2 and the only other undefeated team in the nation.  With the Pac-10’s alliance with the Rose Bowl, Miami and Washington could not meet in the postseason, making the possibility of a split title for the second year in a row a distinct possibility.

Top-ranked Miami still had to wait for a determination of its Orange Bowl opponent.  The Hurricanes awaited the Big Eight champion, which still could be Nebraska, Colorado, or Oklahoma.  The Sooners hopes were dependent upon the Buffs losing to Iowa State.  If Colorado stumbled, the winner of the Oklahoma/Nebraska game would represent the conference.

If Colorado defeated Iowa State, however, Nebraska would control its own fate.  A win over the Sooners would send the Cornhuskers to Miami, while an Oklahoma upset would give the title to Colorado.

The bowl situation was also becoming crystallized for the second and third place finishers of the conference.  The second place team in the Big Eight would play Alabama in the Blockbuster Bowl, while the third place team was slated for a game against Virginia in the Gator Bowl.  If the Buffs were not the Big Eight’s representative in Miami, the Buffs would do no worse than a third place bowl.

As a result, the Buff players, heading out into a blizzard which was Jack Trice Field on Saturday, November 23rd, to face the Iowa State Cyclones, the Buffs knew that their next game would be played in the state of Florida.

What was yet to be determined, though, was where.

Continue reading story here

1996 Season – “Ooooh, So Close”

 

Game Ten (CU came into the game 8-1; 6-0 in Big 12 play) … No. 6 Colorado 12, No. 9 Kansas State 0 … The Colorado Buffaloes wanted nothing more than to play Nebraska on Thanksgiving weekend for the opportunity to play in the inaugural Big 12 Championship game. For this hope to become reality, though, the Buffs first had to establish that they were at least the second-best football team in the Northern Division.

Enter the Kansas State Wildcats.

Both teams came into the contest in Boulder with 8-1 records; both were ranked in the top ten.

Colorado had to be wary of Kansas State, as the Buffs had been defeated by the only other ranked team it had faced all year. The game was to be played at night (5:00 p.m. kickoff), with a game time weather report of 16-degrees, 74-percent humidity, and a 12-mph wind creating a wind chill factor of minus-5 degrees. The chilly weather would not only serve to mute the Buffs’ home crowd, it would favor a tough defense. The Kansas State defense had surrendered over two touchdowns in only three of its nine games.

Advantage Kansas State?

Not so much.

The Buffs’ defense proved to be the unit which rose to the challenge in a 12-0 Colorado victory.

Freshman cornerback Damen Wheeler thrilled the sell-out crowd of 53,550 (fifth-largest all-time, second in 1996 to the 53,788 who witnessed the Michigan game in September) with two huge interceptions. The more important of the two came in the second quarter, with the Buffs nursing a 6-0 lead courtesy of a 27-yard run by Herchell Troutman on the game’s opening drive (the extra point attempt was missed by kicker Jason Lesley).

The Wildcats faced a third-and-three from their own 37 with less than five minutes remaining in the first half. Kansas State quarterback Brian Kavanaugh dropped back to throw a quick out pattern. Wheeler read it all the way, cutting in front of the Wildcat receiver to intercept the pass. Wheeler raced down the far sideline, stepping out at the 14. Three plays later, quarterback Koy Detmer sneaked the ball over from the one, and the Buffs were up 12-0 after a two point conversion attempt failed.

The 12 points were all the Buffs would need, as the Buff defense dominated.

In posting Colorado’s first shutout since the 1995 21-0 win over Missouri, the Buffs defense held the Kansas State offense to 65 rushing yards, 228 overall. The Buff defense harrassed Wildcat quarterback Brian Kavanaugh all evening, sacking Kavanaugh four times, including two sacks by junior nose tackle Ryan Olson. Olson, who finished with eight tackles overall, credited the coaches: “We just put a great game plan in and we had them confused throughout the whole game. A lot of times I think Kavanaugh didn’t know what to do.”

Down 12-0, the Wildcats put together one threat in the third quarter.

Taking over at its own 8-yard line, Kansas State went on an 18-play drive which took up over eight minutes of game clock. Faced with a fourth-and-four at the Colorado seven yard line, quarterback Brian Kavanaugh dropped back to pass. Safety Steve Rosga took away Kavanaugh’s primary receiver, giving defensive lineman Ryan Olson time to get to Kavanaugh for a momentum crushing sack.

Kansas State would not get closer to a score than the Colorado 35-yard line the remainder of the night.

Colorado head coach Rick Neuheisel was understandably excited with the win. “I just can’t say enough about our entire football team,” said Neuheisel, whose career record moved to 19-3 with the victory. “When you shut out a team, your defense has done something incredibly well.”

Colorado, at 9-1, was now in a position, by defeating the 9-1 Nebraska Cornhuskers in front of a national television audience, to play for the National Championship.

The path for Colorado to a national title was clear …. at least to Buff fans.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Respect.

More than one singing group had made money demanding r-e-s-p-e-c-t. Rodney Dangerfield forged a career noting that he had received none of it.

Simple respect. Colorado, in the week leading up to the Nebraska game, received no national respect.

A quick re-cap of the standings leading up to the 1996 Colorado/Nebraska game in Lincoln: Nebraska was ranked No. 4 in the nation; Colorado, No. 5 (both teams rose a spot in the polls during the bye week, when No. 2 Ohio State was defeated by Michigan, 13-9).

Nebraska was 9-1; Colorado, 9-1. Nebraska was 7-0 in the Big 12; Colorado was also 7-0.

Nebraska knew that with a win, they would move up to third in the polls, with a chance, even with its one defeat, to win the national championship.

Colorado knew that with a win, they would move up to third in the polls, with a chance, even with its one defeat, to win the national championship.

Problem was, no one outside of Boulder recognized the Buffs as a team with a shot at the title.

The scenario for Nebraska was often repeated in the papers and on television all during Thanksgiving week: No. 1 Florida was playing No.2 Florida State the day after the Husker/Buff matchup. The loser of that game would fall from the national championship race, with Nebraska moving up to No.3 in the polls (Idle Arizona State, having completed its regular season campaign 11-0 and ranked third, would move to No.2).

After winning the Big 12 Championship game (no one gave credence to the notion that either Texas or Texas Tech, whichever would prove to be the Southern Division’s representative, would provide much of a challenge to the Huskers), Nebraska would be off to the Sugar Bowl to face the Florida/FSU winner. The Sugar Bowl, then, would pit No. 1 vs. No. 3. If No.2 Arizona State obliged by losing to Ohio State in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day, the Sugar Bowl on January 2nd would be a battle for the National Championship.

What was frustrating for many Buffs’ fans the week leading up to the Cornhusker game is that the EXACT SAME SCENARIO worked for the Buffs. In fact, it was easier to make a case for the National Championship for Colorado than it was for Nebraska. Arizona State, after all, had handed the Cornhuskers their only defeat.

An argument could be made that if the Sun Devils finished the season with one loss (to Ohio State in the Rose Bowl), and Nebraska finished with one loss (to ASU), the Sun Devils should still be rated higher than the Cornhuskers. If the Buffs followed through on the same path to the Sugar Bowl, the ASU argument would not apply. So why then, as the nation sat down for Thanksgiving dinner, was Colorado not mentioned as one of only five schools in the country which still aspired to be No. 1?

This is not just the ramblings of a die-hard Buff fan. The national media chose to selectively ignore the Buffs:

USA Today, Monday, November 25, 1996: “With Ohio State’s ruin (the loss to Michigan the weekend before), the Nebraska three-peat scenario is alive and manageable. Beat Colorado on Friday, win the Big 12 championship game, dump the Florida-Florida State winner in the Sugar Bowl, and have Arizona State lose to Ohio State in the Rose.”

No mention at all of the Buffs’ chances for the same scenario anywhere in the article.

The Sporting News, Monday, December 2, 1996, edition: “The Huskers need to win to keep alive their hopes for an unprecedented third consecutive national title. The Buffs need to win to prove they can actually beat the Huskers, who haven’t lost in Lincoln since September 1991.”

Associated Press, Friday, November 29, 1996: “Nebraska must win Friday to keep alive the slimmest of chances for a third straight national title. Colorado must win to make a statement against the Huskers, who have dominated the Buffaloes.”

The oddsmakers sided with the media that the game was a mismatch. The Buffs were installed as an 18-point underdog, and Brent Musberger, who did the play-by-play for the Buff/Husker game for ABC-TV, seemed intent on making the point that the Buffs by game time were “three touchdown” underdogs.

“We owe it to ourselves”, said senior linebacker Matt Russell, speaking of the Buffs’ senior class, “and we owe it to the guys who played here before us. Teams previous to us have beaten those guys, and we owe it to those guys. We want to get back the trophy.”

In August, 1996, Colorado coaches, players, and fans looked at the upcoming season’s schedule and circled the Nebraska game, hoping that the game would be for the Big 12 Northern Division title, and carry with it National Championship implications. After a long and occasionally trying season, the Buffs were right where they wanted to be.

“I tell our team we’re going to crash this party”, said Neuheisel, “We didn’t get an invitation but we’re going to come anyway.”

Continue reading game story here  …

2001 Season – “Seems Like Old Times”

Game Ten (CU came into the game 7-2; 5-1 in Big 12 play) No. 21 Colorado 40, Iowa State 27 … Senior tailback Cortlen Johnson became the first player in CU history to have over 100 yards rushing and receiving in the same game, leading the Buffs to a 40-27 win over Iowa State.  Johnson had 27 carries for 172 yards and six catches for 105 yards in leading the Buffs to a showdown with Nebraska for the Big 12 North Division championship.

After Colorado opened the scoring on the first of four Jeremy Flores’ field goals, the Buffs fell behind an opponent for the fifth consecutive week.  Cyclone quarterback Senaca Wallace passed and rushed for scores to give Iowa State 7-3 and 14-10 leads.

A four-yard touchdown pass from Bobby Pesavento to Cedric Cormier combined with two Flores’ field goals to give the Buffs a 16-14 lead late in the second quarter, setting up Johnson for some late first half heroics.

Taking over on their 19-yard line with under two minutes to play in the first half, the Buffs methodically moved the ball to midfield.  With just 15 seconds to play, quarterback Bobby Pesavento hit Johnson on a screen pass.  The senior tailback made excellent use of his blocking, winding his way 50 yards for a touchdown and a 23-14 halftime lead for the Buffs.  The play of the game, played before a national television audience on FoxSportsNet, helped Johnson secure national player of week honors in The Sporting News.

“He’s an amazing football player,” said Pesavento of Johnson.  “He’s hands down the best football player on this team.  I knew he was playing good, but when he broke that screen pass for a touchdown, I knew it would be an awesome day.”

The second half saw the Buffs slowly pull away, with a nine-yard Bobby Purify touchdown run and a 35-yard Flores field goal giving the Buffs a 33-14 lead with 8:35 to play in the game.  Purify’s touchdown was set up by a fake field goal pass by holder Jason Burianek to Daniel Graham, a play which seemed to break the Cyclones’ spirit.

A flurry of points in the waning moments, including a 15-yard touchdown run by Johnson, gave the Buffs a satisfying 40-27 win.

“I’m really proud of where this team is right now,” said Gary Barnett.  “The fact that we could finish this three-game series the way we set out to do it and put ourselves in a position now for a big game, one that means a lot and it will mean a lot.”

The Buffs had what they wanted – the opportunity to play for a title.

With the win over Iowa State, the Buffs were 8-2, 5-1 in Big 12 play.  On the heels of a 31-21 win over Kansas State, Nebraska was 10-0, 7-0.  The winner of the Colorado/Nebraska game would travel to Dallas for the Big 12 Championship game.

The Buffs were now ranked 15th in the nation (and would move up to 14th in the off week between the Iowa State and Nebraska games), and had earned the right to play for the Big 12 title.  The nation, though, was focused on a Nebraska/Oklahoma rematch in the Big 12 Championship game.  The Cornhuskers were ranked 2nd in the nation, ranked only behind undefeated Miami, while 10-1 Oklahoma was ranked 4th.

All that stood between the Cornhuskers and the Sooners and a re-match of the game of the year played earlier in Lincoln, was a Sooner win over 3-7 Oklahoma State and a Cornhusker win over the Buffs.  The winner of the Nebraska/Oklahoma game would likely be invited to the Rose Bowl to play Miami.

The scenario for the Bowl Championship Series was in place.

Then funny things started happening on the road to Pasadena.

“Seems like old times”

For the previous month, the party line for coaches and players was consistent.  “We still have everything we have been playing for if front of us”.  That was true in only the strictest of interpretations.  Sure, if Colorado beat Oklahoma State, Missouri, and Iowa State in succession, the game against Nebraska would be for a berth in the Big 12 title game.

After the disaster in Austin, though, that seemed like fantasy.

Yet, in the visiting locker room after the 40-27 win over Iowa State, the unlikely had become true.  Despite trailing all three opponents after the Texas loss, Colorado had rallied to win each game, twice by double digits.

“Seems like old times”, screamed a euphoric Eric Bieniemy in the locker room.  Bieniemy, who had been a senior running back for the Buffs the last time Colorado had defeated Nebraska, was now the Buffs’ running backs coach.  For the first time since 1996, the Colorado/Nebraska game would have title implications for both teams.

Asked if he agreed with Bieniemy’s assessment, Gary Barnett balked.  “I think that’s a little premature,” said the Buffs’ head coach.  “I think we’re on our way.  I think we’ve still got to beat Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Texas before we’re back where I want to be.  I think we’re heading in the right direction.”

A win over the hated Huskers was first on the list.  CU’s seniors, who had seen the Buffs through a 3-8 season and a season-opening loss to Fresno State, were ready to play Nebraska.  “That’s the game of my life,” said Jeremy Flores, who connected on all four field goal attempts against Iowa State after missing five of his previous six attempts.  “That’s what I’ve been looking for.  I think that’s one of the reasons why I came here.  I feel like that game is my destiny.”

A game of destiny.  Sounds good.

Continue reading story here

 

2016 Season – “Welcome to The Fight”

 

Game Ten (CU came into the game 7-2; 5-1 in Pac-12 play) No. 16 Colorado 49, Arizona 24 … Colorado ran its record to 8-2 with a harder-than-it-looked 49-24 victory on the road against Arizona. The Buffs were out-gained by the Wildcats, 412 yards to 388, but costly penalties (13 for 138 yards) and three missed field goals kept the Wildcats from making it a game.

The Colorado offense did produce a 100-yard rusher (Phillip Lindsay, 25 carries for 119 yards and three touchdowns), and a 100-yard receiver (Shay Fields, six catches for 108 yards and two touchdowns), but the Buff offense seemed out of sync for much of the evening. Sefo Liufau had his first three-touchdown pass game since the Michigan contest in September, finishing with 19-of-27 passing for 213 yards.

The Colorado defense struggled at times as well. The Buffs came into the game surrendering only 117.6 yards per game rushing (17th in the nation), but gave up 186 yards rushing to the Wildcats in the first half alone (and 262 yards for the game). The 412 total yards surrendered were over 100 yards over the 296.9 yards per game the Buffs had posted in the first nine games of the season.

The victory gave the Buffs an 8-2 overall record, 6-1 in Pac-12 play. The eight wins represented the highest total since 2004, with the team’s first four game winning streak the longest since 2002.

“It was a good win for us”, said Mike MacIntyre. “Rich Rod(riguez) does a heck of a job and they’ve beat us three years in a row now and we finally got them. The last time we were here, we got beat pretty good, so I am excited about what we have done and we are going to get some In-n-Out Burger after this.”

Continue reading game story here

My Essay for the game,  “Time to Get a Little Greedy” …

The fan base was getting irritated:

— “Sacko Lefo is having his ups and downs. Sacks killing us – AZ D-Line getting past our O-Line”;

— “They are bashing us with a wide receiver playing running back”;

— “They are gonna bring the house on Sefo. If the coaches can’t figure out this out then I give up.
Teams have kind of figured this out”;

— “Defense sucks so far. WTF”

… and that was as Colorado was building a 28-10 halftime lead on Arizona.

Such is the life of a division-leading team.

Colorado won its eighth game of the season in defeating Arizona on the road, 49-24. The eight wins are the most since 2004, the same year the Buffs last won two straight conference games on the road.

And yet the Colorado fan base is – in some respects justifiably – concerned about the state of the Buffs.

The Buffs haven’t played as well the last month as they did earlier in the season, and yet have strung together four consecutive wins for the first time since 2002.

It hasn’t always been pretty, but the Buffs are 8-2, 6-1, and, with two games remaining, stand alone atop the Pac-12 South standings …

… And I’m trying to soak up every minute of it.

Continue reading Essay here

… Up Next … Game Elevens for the 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2016 seasons … coming soon … 

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