National and Big 12 recap – Florida State the team of the ’90’s


1999 Season Archive

  National and Big 12 Recap Seminoles claim national championship The Florida State Seminoles claimed the title of “Team of the 90’s” with a 46-29 win over previously unbeaten Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl. With the win, the Seminoles, led by quarterback Chris Weinke and receiver Peter Warrick, not only gave head coach Bobby Bowden his first-ever undefeated season, but claimed their second national title of the decade. Florida State never finished lower than fourth in any final poll in the decade, extending their string of top four finishes to …

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  — A Good Loss While the Buffs and their fans were still mourning the lost opportunity of the final moments of the Nebraska game, some good did come from the loss.  Nebraska had come into the game against Colorado ranked third in the Bowl Championship Series standings, behind only undefeated Florida State and Virginia Tech.  The Cornhuskers needed a convincing win over the Buffs, along with a win over Texas in the Big 12 Championship game, to play for the national title.  The narrow escape from Boulder virtually eliminated …

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— November 26th – Boulder           No. 3 Nebraska 33, Colorado 30 OT — The last play from scrimmage in the final Colorado/Nebraska game of the 20th century had the same result as the first play from scrimmage in the final Colorado/Nebraska game of the 20th century – a Nebraska touchdown. Between those two scores, however, was written the script of one of the most memorable contests between the two schools in the 101-year history of the rivalry. Nebraska quarterback Eric Crouch scored on a one-yard sneak in overtime to give the third-ranked …

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— November 13th – at Baylor          Colorado 37, Baylor 0 — Needing a win to become bowl eligible, the Buffs found the perfect opponent waiting for them on their schedule. The Baylor Bears, under first year head coach, Kevin Steele, were 1-8 on the year. As the record suggested, Baylor was a bad team, and the Buffs did nothing to dispel the opinion, rolling to a 37-0 win. In posting the Buffs’ first shutout since a 12-0 win over Kansas State in 1996, the Colorado defense continued its fine play. The …

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— November 6th – at Kansas State           No.6 Kansas State 20, Colorado 14 — The crowd of 52,077, the second-largest ever at Kansas State, was in a joyous mood. On the field, their sixth-ranked Wildcats were in the late stages of a rout of Colorado, leading 20-0 in the fourth quarter. The public address announcer had just let the Kansas State faithful know that 2nd-ranked Penn State had fallen from the ranks of the unbeaten, 24-23, on a last-second field by Minnesota. The Wildcats’ second chance at a national championship appeared to …

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— October 30th – Boulder           Colorado 38, No. 24 Oklahoma 24 — Mike Moschetti, showing no ill effects from a concussion which had sidelined him a week earlier, threw for four touchdowns and ran for another as Colorado upended 24th-ranked Oklahoma, 38-24. Moschetti completed 22-of-31 attempts for 382 yards, including scoring passes of 49 and 88 yards to junior wide receiver Javon Green, on his way to being named the Big 12 Offensive Player-of-the-Week. The Colorado defense, despite giving up 24 points, more than held its own. Oklahoma quarterback Josh …

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— October 23rd – at Iowa State           Colorado 16, Iowa State 12 — One week after failing in every facet of the game against Texas Tech, the Colorado Buffaloes responded with sufficient resolve to hold off Iowa State, 16-12. In defeating the Cyclones for the 16th consecutive time, the Buffs gave Gary Barnett his first road win as the head coach at the University of Colorado. But it did not come easily. Substituting for Mike Moschetti, who was held out of the contest due to a concussion, redshirt freshman quarterback Zac …

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— October 16th – at Texas Tech           Texas Tech 31, Colorado 10 — Who needs Ricky Williams? Not Texas Tech. With their star running back out for the season, the Red Raiders, just 2-3 on the year, seemed vulnerable. Colorado, with a 3-2 record, a 2-0 mark in Big 12 play, had fresh momentum after an overtime win over Missouri. Colorado seemed to be primed to take out Texas Tech, leaving the Red Raiders to contemplate a season of what “might have been” had Williams stayed healthy. Instead, it was Colorado which looked …

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— October 9th – Boulder           Colorado 46, Missouri 39 (OT) — It took four long hours, but Ben Kelly finally put an end to what he had started. Colorado’s all-everything cornerback/kick returner opened the Missouri game with a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. In overtime, after a game which was a roller coaster of emotion, Kelly intercepted a pass by Missouri quarterback Kirk Farmer to preserve a 46-39 overtime win for the Buffs. Sandwiched between Kelly’s heroic plays, the Folsom Field crowd of 48,674 saw a little bit of …

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  September 25th – at Washington           Washington 31, Colorado 24 In every 1999 preseason magazine, whenever the University of Colorado was mentioned, the game against Washington on September 25th was highlighted. “Don’t forget that grudge match against Neuheisel and Washington in Seattle on September 25th”, reminded Street & Smith’s College Football preview. “Most Colorado fans are focused on one opponent”, declared Preview Sports. “Colorado State is a red-hot rivalry, but even that will be overshadowed when the Buffaloes travel to Washington three weeks later,” predicted The Sporting News. The game was as …

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— September 18th – Boulder           Colorado 51, Kansas 17 — Colorado continued to distance itself from the opening game debacle against Colorado State, raising its record to 2-1 (1-0 in Big 12 play) by dismantling Kansas, 51-17. Scoring over 50 points in consecutive games for the first time since 1923, the Buffs scored on their opening drive and never looked back. By halftime, CU was up 30-3, cruising to the Buffs’ 16th straight Homecoming victory. Mike Moschetti continued his exceptional play, completing 17 of 22 passes for 216 yards and two …

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— September 11th – Boulder            Colorado 63, San Jose State 35 — What a difference a week makes. After coming perilously close to being shut out by Colorado State, the Buffs responded seven days later with a record-setting performance. Playing on a grass field at home for the first time since 1970, Colorado cruised to a 28-0 first quarter lead on the way to a 63-35 rout of San Jose State. Quarterback Mike Moschetti, criticized for his mistakes against Colorado State, connected on 25-of-35 passes for a school-record 465 yards. …

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