No. 39 – 2004: CU 26, Nebraska 20 / Player No. 39: Barry Helton


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Game No. 39 is the 2004 Nebraska game … A 26-20 CU win in Lincoln, the game featured Bobby Purify, but also was memorable for all of the Nebraska team records which fell by the wayside … Player No. 39: All-American punter Barry Helton (1984-87) …

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  — Preseason, 2006 – A New Coach, but Unchanged Expectations — The Colorado Buffaloes entered the 2006 season with four Big 12 North division titles in the past five seasons. Sustained excellence is usually reason enough to expect national respect for a football program. After all, in Division 1-A football, only two other teams could lay claim to earning that many rings since 2001. One was USC, which had won the Pac-10 four years in a row, and had played for the national championship the previous three. The other …

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— Preseason – 2005 — Despite winning the Big 12 North Division title three of the previous four years, and despite having 17 starters returning, the Colorado Buffaloes entered the 2005 season in search of national recognition. The titles of the past and the promise of the future were offset by a lack of overall success. After all, it was argued, the Buffs finished only 8-5 overall in 2004, had played in a lackluster division, and had backed into the 2004 title with a 4-4 conference record when Iowa State failed …

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—  November 26, 2004 – at Nebraska          Colorado 26, Nebraska 20 — Senior running back Bobby Purify ran for 130 yards and a touchdown as Colorado stayed alive in the Big 12 title hunt with a 26-20 win over Nebraska in Lincoln.  As much the story of the day, though, as Colorado’s third straight win, was the loss which sent the 5-6 Cornhuskers to its first losing season in 43 years. The Buffs, who have a long history of having the Cornhuskers jump out on top, set the tone early.  …

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After a winter of discontent (sex scandal blowing up), the Buffs won its first two games on goal line stands (the “Marcus Houston Bowl”), sent Nebraska reeling with its first losing season since 1961, and capped the season with CU’s last (most recent) bowl victory …

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— Preseason: 2004 – Barnett suspended – A chronology of the recruiting scandal — Preseason – 2004 The setting for Preseason, 2004, for the Colorado Buffaloes had its origins over two years earlier. On December 7, 2001, Colorado football players and recruits attended an off-campus party.  At least one woman indicated she was raped at the event, though no sexual assault charges were ever filed. Four players did have their scholarships revoked for providing alcohol to minors at the party. It was this recruiting visit which initiated a firestorm of …

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