No. 36 – 1996: No. 7 CU 38, No. 12 Oregon 6 / Player No. 36: Bobby Purify


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The 38-6 domination of Oregon in the 1996 Cotton Bowl was a sweet end to the first season under Rick Neuheisel, but the game had an unintended consequence – the creation of NikeU … Player No. 36: Running back Bobby Purify (2000-04), the third-leading rusher in CU history …

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For the second time in 2009, Colorado held a 14-10 halftime lead, on the road, against a ranked conference opponent. As with the Texas game in October, however, the Buffs could not hold the lead, falling 31-28 to No. 12 Oklahoma State. The Buffs turned four Cowboy turnovers and the poor play of backup quarterbacks into a 21-10 lead, but were unable to come away with their first road victory since 2007.

Four 15-yard penalties, missed opportunities, and a complete lack of a running game dropped the Buffs to a 3-8 season record. Oklahoma State did not complete a pass in the first half, as backup quarterback Alan Cote, substituting for the injured Zac Robinson, started 0-for-9 with an interception. Turning to third-string quarterback Brandon Weeden, the Cowboys found the spark they were looking for. Weeden went 10-for-15 for 168 yards and two touchdowns in leading the second half comeback. Colorado also played two quarterbacks, with starter Tyler Hansen missing much of the second quarter with a hand injury. Cody Hawkins was mostly effective in relief, going 7-for-11 for 69 yards, including a five-yard touchdown pass to Riar Geer just before halftime.

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Iowa State 17, Colorado 10

//posted 11.14.2009

Buffs travel into the Cyclones’ red zone four times, but net only three points on those trips, dooming CU to a 17-10 loss to Iowa State. With the loss, the Buffs sealed a fourth straight losing season …

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Missouri 36, Colorado 17

//posted 10.31.2009

Missouri sacked Colorado quarterback Tyler Hansen eight times and forced four turnovers, racing out to a 33-0 lead en route to a 36-17 victory. The Buffs out-scored the Tigers 14-0 in the third quarter to make it interesting, but four possessions with the score 33-17 netted two turnovers on downs, an interception, and a punt, as Colorado fell to 2-6, 1-3 on the season. A homecoming crowd of 45,634, the smallest crowd of the season, was on hand to witness a fourth straight win for Missouri in the series.

Missouri had out-scored Colorado 113-10 the past two seasons, and, in the first half of the 2009 game, it appeared as if the scores of 55-10 and 58-0 were mere preludes to the hurt the Tigers were going to put on the Buffs in 2009. The Tigers took the opening kickoff, and smartly marched 80 yards down the field. The Colorado defense did force two third downs – 3rd-and-two at the Missouri 28 yard line, and third-and-nine at the Missouri 47, giving Buff fans hope (after all, Colorado was ranked 19th in the nation in 3rd-down defense, at 32%; and was even better at Folsom) – but Missouri easily converted both chances. An 11-play drive was capped off by a one-yard run by Derrick Washington 4:27 into the game.

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— September 1st – Denver           Colorado 31, Colorado State 28 (OT) — Kevin Eberhart waited four years for his opportunity to be Colorado’s No. 1 placekicker, and when called upon, the senior produced. Replacing two-time all-American Mason Crosby, Eberhart kicked the game tying field goal with 13 seconds remaining in regulation, then booted a 35-yarder in overtime to lift the Buffs to a 31-28 win over rival Colorado State in the 2007 season opener. The 68,133 who showed up for the 10:00 a.m. kickoff were treated to an exciting game with …

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  — CU/Nebraska Pregame – Worth the Trip? — When the Big 12 was formulated, Nebraska was left with a dilemma. Gone from the schedule was the traditional Thanksgiving weekend game against Oklahoma, now of the Southern Division. Rather than give up the money and exposure of the high-profile game, Nebraska agreed to make Colorado its new season-ending competition. The first game, the 1996 17-12 Husker victory in Lincoln, proved worthy of the special time slot. The first such contest in Boulder did not seem to merit any hype. Nebraska …

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  November 15th – @ Kansas State           No. 10 Kansas State 37, Colorado 20 In 1996, Kansas State was once-beaten (handily by Nebraska), and ranked No. 9 in the nation heading into the Colorado game. The result: Colorado 12, Kansas State 0. Colorado once again had slammed the door on a Wildcat squad attempting to obtain legitimacy on the national stage. The University of Colorado had its critcs, to be sure, being only the 2nd-best team in the Northern Division of the Big 12. But if that was the case, what must …

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1997 – Buffs win a 43-38 thriller on the road over Iowa State

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— October 25th – at Texas           Colorado 47, Texas 30 — During the week leading up to the Kansas game, the Colorado coaching staff had adopted the phrase “relentlessly positive” as the slogan for the remainder of the season. It was the staff’s intention to keep the Buffs upbeat and optimistic, despite the 2-3 start to the 1997 season. The first week of the new campaign was a great success, in part due to an inept Kansas squad which came to Boulder carrying a suspect 4-2 record (only one win over …

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— September 27th – Boulder            No. 16 Colorado 20, Wyoming 19 — Colorado won its Homecoming game for the 14th year in a row, defeating a very game Wyoming Cowboy squad, 20-19. It was one of the most unlikely wins in Colorado history, as the Buffs came from nine points down in the final 4:29 to escape with a much needed win. After Wyoming had scored on an 18-yard run to take a 19-10 lead late, the Buffs needed a big play.  The big play came, courtesy of diminutive cornerback …

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— Colorado State – The rivalry lesson — Colorado State in Fort Collins is only 40 miles from Boulder, but, from the perception of most Buff fans, it may have well have been 4,000. Boulder is cosmopolitan; Fort Collins is a cow town. Colorado was Big 12; CSU was in the wacky WAC. The Buffs play for the national championship; the Rams play for respect. With Colorado State coming to Boulder for the 1997 season opener, there was cause for concern. CSU was led by fifth-year head coach Sonny Lubick, easily the most …

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  Preseason – 1997 Unlike 1996, when two-time defending national champion Nebraska was the undisputed choice for the No. 1 team in the nation, there was little consensus as to who would finish as the No. 1 team at teh conclusion of the 1997 season. Florida was given by some an excellent chance at repeating, but there were also those who found merit in the chances of others.  Penn State, Washington, Tennessee, Florida State, Nebraska, North Carolina, and yes, even Colorado, received votes for No. 1 in the Associated Press preseason …

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