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CU Transition Classes

//posted 2.1.2011

From McCartney to Hawkins – A look at Colorado’s last four “Transition Classes” of recruits

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— September 29th – Boulder             Colorado 27, Kansas 16 — “The first thing you have to say,” said a relieved Gary Barnett after his Buffs had finally put away the Kansas Jayhawks, 27-16, before 47,495 on a beautiful fall afternoon in Boulder, “is that it looked like we took two weeks off.” For much of the game, the 2001 Buffs looked like their much-maligned 2000 counterparts.  Dropped passes, mental errors, and penalties – especially the penalties – kept Kansas in the game until very late in the second half. The …

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— Colorado v. Syracuse – Fiesta Bowl – January 1, 1993 — Lost Luggage, Lost Jacket, Lost Holiday I had never been to Phoenix before.  In fact, unless you count stepping across the state line at the Four Corners area which represents the intersection of the borders of Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico, I had never been to Arizona before.  Coming at the end of December, a trip to the Fiesta Bowl to cap off the 1992 season seemed like a great idea. My trip got off to a …

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  — November 21st – at Kansas State           Colorado 41, Kansas State 0 — An estimated crowd of only 12,500 fans bothered to attend the final game of the Kansas State Wildcats’ 1987 season, with the announced attendance being the smallest gathering to watch a Colorado Buffaloes football game since 1962. The Wildcats, who would finish 0-10-1 with the 41-0 rout by Colorado, didn’t show up for the game, either. Colorado held the ball for 40:25 of the contest, compared to 19:35 for Kansas State. …

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  — November 7th – Boulder           Colorado 27, Missouri 10 — Colorado ran its home record for the year to 4-1 in defeating Missouri 27-10 before 44,050 at Folsom Field. Missouri came into the game with a 5-3 record, 2-2 in the Big Eight. Both teams had lost to Oklahoma State, so it was apparent that this contest would decide which team would finish fourth in the Big Eight conference in 1987 behind Oklahoma, Nebraska and the OSU Cowboys. With the Buffs and the Tigers still aspiring to a bowl invitation, …

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— September 26th – Boulder           Colorado 26, Washington State 17 — Another day, another game, another new Buff making an impression. This time it was sophomore quarterback Sal Aunese, subbing for injured starter Mark Hatcher, who made a splash. Aunese did not start, but played a significant role in leading Colorado to a 26-17 win over Washington State. Aunese carried the ball 22 times for 185 yards and one touchdown. Aunese also completed one of his three passes, a 30-yarder to Eric Bieniemy. Washington State, led by first-year coach Dennis …

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— On the Road Again — The 1986 season was a watershed in Colorado football history. Yes, the Buffs had finished 1985 with a winning season (7-5), and had gone to a bowl game for the first time in almost a decade, but it is the 1986 season which is seen as the turning point in Buff fortunes. Still, when the Buffs opened the 1986 campaign 0-4, it was hard not to consider that 1985 was an aberration, and that the aura of losing was once again to permeate the …

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—  November 8th – Boulder           Colorado 17, Kansas 10 — In a reverse from the Oklahoma State game the week before, Colorado played well early, then hung on late to post a 17-10 win over Kansas. Rolling to a 17-0 second quarter lead, the Buffs scored on a one yard run by junior halfback Mike Marquez, a 24-yard field goal by Dave DeLine, and a 34-yard reverse by freshman split end Jeff Campbell.  The latter score was a reprise of the two reverses Campbell ran so successfully in the Nebraska game. …

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Thirty years ago this week, the Buffs posted the signature wins of all signature wins …

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— National and Big Eight recap – 1986 — In 1986, Penn State finished what its players considered to be the unfinished business from the 1985 season, going 12-0 to claim for Coach-of-the-Year Joe Paterno the school’s second national title in five years. In 1985, the Nittany Lions had gone unbeaten in the regular season, only to fall 25-10 to national champion Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl.  In 1986, Penn State again finished the regular season 11-0, but this time the bowl result was different, as the Nittany Lions from …

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— November 10th – Boulder            No. 9 Oklahoma 42, Colorado 17 — Oklahoma, ranked  No. 9 in the country, came to Boulder with an overall record of 6-1-1. Heach coach Barry Switzer’s Sooners ran a high octane offense, with a precision wishbone offense complimented by a passing game which included tight end – and future NFL star – Keith Jackson. But the Oklahoma calling card in 1984 was its defense, led by noseguard Tony Casillas and linebacker Brian Bosworth. Bosworth, though only a freshman, had already been nominated for Big Eight defensive player-of-the-week …

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—  November 3rd – Boulder           Kansas 28, Colorado 27 — The Buffs were entitled to a break after facing two top ten teams. Normally, Kansas would provide just such an opportunity. Even during the drought years of 1979-83, Colorado did manage to win three of five games against the Jayhawks, including the previous two contests. Third year coach Bill McCartney was undefeated against only one conference opponent – Kansas. With two decent performances against top opponents in the bank, it was time to feast on a 3-5 Jayhawk squad. Problem …

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ARCHIVED GAME OF THE WEEK
2016 No. 12 Buffs take down No. 20 Washington State, 38-24, led by Sefo Liufau and Phillip Lindsay Essay for the game: "Giving Thanks" READ