Scalped in San Diego / Happy Endings


1988 Season Archive

Scapled in San Diego Still without my wallet (See: “Disneyland – Here I come!”), and having been disappointed by my first two days in California, Brad and I set out again. This day=s objective – San Diego. The way we figured it, we could make the short trip down to San Diego, hit Sea World during the afternoon, and still have time to make it to Jack Murphy Stadium in time to scalp some tickets for the sold out Oklahoma State/Wyoming Holiday Bowl game. The first part of the plan went well, …

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— December 28th – Freedom Bowl, Anaheim, California           BYU 20, Colorado 17 — The only lead BYU would enjoy the entire game would be when it counted most, as BYU defeated Colorado, 20-17, in the 1988 Freedom Bowl. BYU kicker Jason Chaffetz connected from 35 yards out with 2:33 remaining to give BYU its first lead and the victory. It was a frustrating loss for Colorado, as two costly turnovers and nine penalties relegated the Buffs to their fifth consecutive bowl loss. No doubt, Colorado had …

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Disneyland – Here I come!

//posted 12.1.1988

— Disneyland, here I come — I had missed Colorado=s first trip to the Freedom Bowl in Anaheim in 1985, but I did not want to miss this one. Plans were made to make the pilgrimage to California, which, of course, included meeting up with Brad. We flew to Los Angeles a few days before the Freedome Bowl, which was to be played the evening of December 29th. Our plans included making several Atouristy@ trips during our five day stay, including stops at Disneyland and Universal Studios. A trip to San Diego was …

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— November 19th – Boulder           Colorado 56, Kansas State 14 — The Buffs had a great deal to play for in the season finale against Kansas State. Fortunately for CU fans, the Buffs came out smoking against the hapless Wildcats, rolling to a 56-14 win. J.J. Flannigan scored the Buffs= first touchdown on Colorado=s opening possession. By the end of the first quarter, the score was 21-0, Buffs, and the rout was on. Flannigan, playing for the injured Eric Bieniemy, set a new personal best of 151 yards and three touchdowns. …

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— November 12th – at Nebraska           No. 7 Nebraska 7, No. 19 Colorado 0 — Nebraska running back Kevin Clark scored on a two-yard run with 4:19 remaining in the third quarter for the game=s only score as Nebraska held on to defeat Colorado, 7-0. Two drives by Colorado were stopped on downs in Nebraska territory in the fourth quarter as the Buffs were shut out for the first time since being handled 28-0 by Oklahoma in 1986. The Buffs had their chances, and could have …

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— November 5th – at Missouri           Colorado 45, Missouri 8 — Six different Buffs scored touchdowns as Colorado routed Missouri, 45-8. In the most lopsided Colorado win in the history of the series, the Buffs amassed 479 yards of total offense, including 328 yards on the ground on 72 rushing attempts. Freshman tailback Marcus Reliford came off the bench to lead the Buffs with 114 yards, including a late 15-yard touchdown run. Colorado sensation Eric Bieniemy, already over 1,000 yards for the season, just kept it going, posting his seventh 100+ …

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  — October 29th – Boulder           Colorado 24, Iowa State 12 — After playing lethargically for most of the first half, Colorado rebounded from its loss to Oklahoma to put away a decent Iowa State club, 24-12. Playing as if still in a haze from the Oklahoma game, the Buffs spotted Iowa State a 6-0 lead on two long distance field goals (49 and 52 yards) by Cyclone kicker Jeff Shudak. It was not until almost halftime that the Buffs took the lead, with a Ken Culbertson field goal and …

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— Night Lights — October 22, 1988, marked a significant date in the history of Colorado football. On that date, the Buffs played a night game at home for the first time ever. Portable lights were brought in for the event, only serving to further hype the contest. The matchup, carried nationally by ESPN, pitted the 5-1 Buffs against another 5-1 team, the Oklahoma Sooners. The Sooners were ranked 8th nationally, having lost only to 5th-ranked USC. Oklahoma, despite carrying the identical record as Colorado, was seen as a far …

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— October 15th – at Kansas           Colorado 21, Kansas 9 — If there was ever a team to provide a tonic for a 1988 Buff squad licking its collective wounds after a discouraging loss to Oklahoma State, it was Kansas. The Jayhawks were 0-5 on the season, coming off of a 63-10 rout at the hands of the No. 9 Nebraska Cornhuskers. Overall, the Jayhawks had won only one game out of their previous 23, and were being outscored in 1988 by an average margin of 48-16. While the CU/Kansas game …

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— October 8th – Boulder           No. 13 Oklahoma State 41, Colorado 21 — In Colorado=s earlier game against a ranked team (on the road v. Iowa), the Buffs raced to a 14-0 lead on their way to 24-21 upset. Versus 13th-rated Oklahoma State, Colorado again opened strong. A three-yard scoring run by quarterback Sal Aunese gave Colorado a 7-0 lead six minutes into the game. That was about it, however, for the Buffs’ chances at an upset. There were no fourth quarter heroics in Colorado’s Big Eight opener, …

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— October 1st – at Colorado State           Colorado 27, Colorado State 23 — For the third straight game, Colorado rallied from a fourth quarter deficit to pull out a win, this time a 27-23 win over Colorado State in Fort Collins. Hosting the Buffs for only the second time since 1957, the Rams were not gracious to their guests, running out to a 13-0 lead early in the second quarter. It took a 58-yard interception return for a touchdown by senior Buff linebacker Don DeLuzio to put the Buffs on the …

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  — September 24th – Boulder           Colorado 28, Oregon State 21 — Colorado took the lead against Oregon State just over three minutes into the game, and trailed for only 2:46 of the entire contest. Still, the Buffs struggled to contain and repel a competitive Oregon State squad, hanging on to defeat the Beavers, 28-21. Eric Bieniemy rushed for 211 yards and three touchdowns on the afternoon. His first score came on a 45-yard run on a fourth-and-one, putting the Buffs up 7-0 with 11:54 to play in the first quarter. Bieniemy scored …

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