No. 2 Oregon – 2002 Fiesta Bowl – Duck Soup


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  — Colorado v. Oregon – January 1, 2002 – Fiesta Bowl — Now What? When the Associated Press poll came out the weekend after the Colorado win over Texas game, in the Big 12 championship game, the Buffs had moved up from #9 in the polls to No. 4.  Ahead of the Buffs were unanimous No. 1 Miami, No. 2 Tennessee (up from No. 5 after defeating then No. 2 Florida), and No. 3 Oregon.  Just behind the Buffs at No. 5 was Nebraska.  In the Bowl Championship Series …

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— No. 9 Colorado v. No. 3 Texas – Big 12 Championship – Irving, Texas —  BCS The Bowl Championship Series, with a mixture of polls, computer computations, and a little confusion, had taken a body blow with the CU upset of Nebraska.  The Cornhuskers had been ranked No. 1 in the BCS standings, with undefeated Miami ranked No. 2.  Had Nebraska taken care of business against the Buffs, and handled the (presumed) rematch with Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship game, the computers would have matched the best two …

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— No. 14 Colorado v. No. 2 Nebraska – November 23, 2001 —  Nebraska – Pre-game Everyone who knows me knows that when it comes to CU football games, I am a “glass is half empty” fan.  I can usually find a dozen reasons to worry about any opponent the Buffs face.  If you had asked me the week of the San Jose State game whether I was concerned, I would have countered with details of a  team with a Heisman candidate in Deonce Whittaker and a 7-5 2000 record.  …

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  —  October 27th – at Oklahoma State          No. 25 Colorado 22, Oklahoma State 19 — Against Oklahoma State, Colorado continued what was becoming an agonizing pattern for the 2001 season: play well early; let the opposition control the game for a significant portion of the mid-section of the game; then finish with a flourish. The formula had worked well against Kansas, Kansas State, Texas A&M, and now was a successful formula against the Cowboys.  The net result was a hard-fought 22-19 win in Stillwater. On CU’s …

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— September 1st – at Denver                        Colorado 41, No. 24 Colorado State 14 — For a change, it was Colorado who seized early momentum in a big game. Junior cornerback Donald Strickland returned an interception for a touchdown in the first minute of play to set the tone as the Colorado dominated No. 24 Colorado State, 41-14. Playing before 75,022 at the new Invesco Field at Mile High, the Buffs’ secondary, which had given up big plays to the Rams in two consecutive losses, came up with four interceptions on …

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— 2001 – National and Big 12 Recap — The Miami Hurricanes won the 2001 national championship, doing so in convincing fashion.  The Hurricanes, under first-year head coach Larry Coker, finished the season 12-0, the nation’s only undefeated team. Miami capped its unblemished season with a 37-14 demolition of Nebraska in the Rose Bowl. Finding a worthy opponent for Miami to play in the Rose Bowl was left for the Bowl Championship Series computers, and – arguably – the computers failed to live up to the challenge. Nebraska, despite not …

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— November 24th – at Nebraska           No. 9 Nebraska 34, Colorado 32 — 1996 – No. 4 Nebraska 17, No. 5 Colorado 12 … At the end of the day, these games come down to cold, hard numbers. 1997-  No. 2 Nebraska 27, Colorado 24 … Not subject to revision nor review. 1998 – No. 14 Nebraska 16, Colorado 14 … Beginning in 1996, the Buffs began playing the Cornhuskers the last game of the season. 1999 – No. 3   Nebraska 33, Colorado 30 – OT … Beginning in 1996, the Buffs gave the …

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— Preseason – 2000 — Looking forward to the 2000 Colorado football season, the proverbial glass could be seen as either being half empty or half full. On the positive side, the Buffs had played inspired football the second half of the 1999 season, a 7-5 campaign. Colorado endured close losses to two top ten teams, Kansas State and Nebraska, before mauling Boston College in the Insight.com Bowl. Head coach Gary Barnett spoke of how the players had “bought into” the system the second half of his first season, and …

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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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  Preseason – 1999 For Colorado to be successful in 1999, a number of players would have to rise above their 1998 performances. Mike Moschetti would return at quarterback, and was primed to have a banner year. Including the Aloha Bowl, Moschetti had 2,334 yards passing in 1998, with 19 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. The incumbent starter also impressed the new coaching staff with his intangibles – “The kinda guy you want next to you in a foxhole”, said new head coach Gary Barnett. Much of Moschetti’s success, though, …

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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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  — 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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2018 Laviska Shenault goes for four touchdowns as Buffs defeat the Sun Devils, 28-14 "Nothing to say. A lot to prove" for 2018 Buffs READ