1998 National and Big 12 Recap – Tennessee wins the title


1998 Season Archive

  National and Big 12 Recap – 1998 The Tennessee Volunteers capped off an undefeated 13-0 season by defeating 2nd-ranked Florida State, 23-16, in the Fiesta Bowl to claim their first national championship in almost 50 years. Coach-of-the-Year Phillip Fulmer led the Volunteers to the Bowl Championship Series national title the year after Peyton Manning had taken his talents to the pros. The only other Division 1-A school to finish unblemished was the Green Wave of Tulane, which completed its season with a 12-0 record and a No. 7 ranking …

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  — Duck Soup As the Buffs licked their wounds from another close loss to Nebraska to end the 1998 regular season, two questions remained unanswered: – Where would the 7-4, 4-4 Buffs be going bowling?; and – Who would be the opponent? As conference championship games were being contested, the 6-5 Washington Huskies seemed the most likely opponent for the Buffs. Among the title games being played in early December, though, was a make-up game between Miami and UCLA. The game, originally scheduled for September 26th, had been re-scheduled …

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— November 27th – at Nebraska           No. 14 Nebraska 16, Colorado 14 — “General” Robert Neyland, longtime head coach at the University of Tennessee, is a legendary name in the annals of college football. In leading the Volunteers to over 160 wins in 20 seasons, the College Football Hall of Fame coach was used to winning. “Almost all games,” Neyland pointed out, “are lost by the losers, not won by the winners.” Such was the case in Memorial Stadium on Thanksgiving weekend, 1998. The Buffs, despite facing a Nebraska team equally …

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— November 14th – Boulder           Colorado 37, Iowa State 8 — At least some things could be counted upon for the 1998 Buffs. Nursing losing streaks against four of the five members of the Big 12 Northern division, Colorado could at least depend on Iowa State. The Cyclones came to Boulder for the 1998 home finale winless in Big 12 action. The Buffs desperately needed a win to keep their bowl hopes alive, and Iowa State was the perfect opponent. Oft-injured senior tailback Marlon Barnes rushed for a career-high 237 yards …

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— November 7th – at Missouri           No. 18 Missouri 38, Colorado 14 — In losing to Kansas two weeks earlier, Colorado had suffered its first road loss in that series since 1981. Heading into Columbia, Missouri, CU had won six straight on the Tigers’ home turf. Say goodbye to another positive streak. Not bothering to leave it to a question as to whether the Buffs would be sluggish coming off of their bye week, Missouri raced to a 14-0 lead with ten minutes still remaining to play in the first quarter, …

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  — October 24th – at Kansas           Kansas 33, No. 17 Colorado 17 — After committing only two penalties against Texas Tech, the Colorado Buffaloes resorted to familiar form for the 1998 season, committing 12 penalties against Kansas. The penalties, along with four turnovers and still more injuries (including key injuries to running back Marlon Barnes and quarterback Mike Moschetti), helped the Kansas Jayhawks upset 17th-ranked Colorado in Lawrence, 33-17. All phases of the game went dark for CU in the night sky in Lawrence. The Buffs’ defense, which had held …

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  — October 17th – Boulder           No. 19 Colorado 19, No. 22 Texas Tech 17 — Another day, another ranked, undefeated team coming to Boulder. While Kansas State was predicted to face Colorado as an undefeated team, the same could not have been said for Texas Tech before the start of the 1998 season. Yet the Red Raiders were 6-0, 3-0 in Big 12 play, and were one of the pleasant surprises of the 1998 season. 6-5 in 1997, Texas Tech had been tarnished by allegations of “academic irregularities”, and …

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  — October 10th – Boulder           No. 5 Kansas State 16, No. 14 Colorado 9 — Kansas State came to Boulder with a 2-24 all-time record in games played on the Buffs’ home turf. The Wildcats in 1998, though, were not the Wildcats of old. In rising to a No. 5 national ranking, Kansas State came to Folsom Field beating their opponents by an average of 57 points a game, and had a defense which had allowed a total of 21 points in its first four contests. Despite its lofty status and …

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  — October 3rd – at Oklahoma          No. 15 Colorado 27, Oklahoma 25 — Prior to 1995, no team – not in-state rival Oklahoma State, not long time rival Nebraska – no team had ever defeated Oklahoma four consecutive times in Norman. In 1995, though, No. 4 Colorado romped over No. 10 Oklahoma 38-17 to set the new standard. With a 27-25 come-from-behind (again) win in 1998, the Colorado Buffaloes registered their fifth consecutive win over Oklahoma on their home turf, raising the bar yet again. Quarterback Mike Moschetti threw three …

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— September 26th – Boulder          No. 15 Colorado 18, Baylor 16 — The Baylor Bears, fresh off of a 33-30 win over North Carolina State (which in turn had just shocked the nation with a 24-7 win over previously 2nd-ranked Florida State) came to Boulder with aspirations of putting to rest the memories of a 2-9 1997 campaign. Baylor almost came away with the win, scoring late to pull ahead of Colorado, 16-15, with 6:31 remaining. But a 44-yard pass on third-and-ten from Adam Bledsoe, subbing for the injured Mike …

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  — September 19th – Boulder           No. 15 Colorado 25, Utah State 6 — If Colorado’s 29-21 win over Fresno State the week before was a “wake up call”, then the Buffs’ 25-6 victory over Utah State was an indication that the team had apparently hit the snooze button. Penalties and injuries marred an otherwise excellent defensive performance as the Buffs raised their season record to 3-0 with a 25-6 victory over Utah State. Mike Moschetti, slowed by torn cartilage in his rib cage suffered in the Fresno State game, …

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— September 12th – Boulder           No. 16 Colorado 29, Fresno State 21 — Colorado quarterback Mike Moschetti, playing before the home fans for the first time, connected with sophomore wide receiver Javon Green for a 25-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter on what would prove to be the winning score as the No. 16 Buffs held off the Fresno State State Bulldogs, 29-21. Colorado, which entered the game as a 21-½ point favorite, found itself behind 14-3 early in the second quarter before a stunned crowd of 42,623. Two touchdown …

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