1990 Colorado Buffaloes football team

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1990 Colorado Buffaloes football
National Champion (AP)
Big Eight champion
Orange Bowl champion
Orange Bowl, W 10–9 vs. Notre Dame
Conference Big Eight Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 2
APNo. 1
1990 record11–1–1 (7–0 Big 8)
Head coach
Offensive coordinator Gerry DiNardo (12 games)
Gary Barnett (bowl game)
Offensive scheme I-Bone option [1]
Defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz (3rd season)
Home stadium Folsom Field
(capacity: 51,463)
Seasons
  1989
1991  
1990 Big Eight Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 1 Colorado $700  1111
No. 24 Nebraska 520  930
No. 17 Oklahoma 520  830
Iowa State 241  461
Kansas 241  371
Kansas State 250  560
Missouri 250  470
Oklahoma State 250  470
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1990 Colorado Buffaloes football team represented the University of Colorado Boulder in the 1990 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Buffaloes offense scored 338 points while the defense allowed 160 points. Led by head coach Bill McCartney, Colorado defeated Notre Dame 10–9 in the 1991 Orange Bowl to conclude the season.

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Colorado was selected national champions by AP, Berryman, Billingsley, DeVold, FB News, Football Research, FW, Matthews, NFF, Sporting News, and USA/CNN, and co-champion by both FACT and NCF -all NCAA-designated major selectors. [2] Georgia Tech took the UPI Coaches poll title, [3] with both Washington and Miami receiving national titles from other selectors. [2]

Georgia Tech finished the season undefeated (with its record only blemished by a tie), and subsequently split the national championship with Colorado. [4]

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 261:00 pmvs. No. 8 Tennessee *No. 5 NBC T 31–3133,485
September 66:00 pm Stanford *No. 6 ESPN W 21–1750,699
September 151:30 pmat No. 21 Illinois *No. 9 ABC L 22–2364,351
September 225:30 pmat No. 22 Texas *No. 20ESPNW 29–2277,373
September 291:30 pmNo. 12 Washington *No. 20
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, CO
PSN W 20–1452,868
October 612:30 pmat Missouri No. 12 KCNC W 33–3146,856
October 1311:30 am Iowa State No. 14
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, CO
KCNCW 28–1251,861
October 2011:00 amat Kansas No. 14KCNCW 41–1040,000
October 2712:30 pmNo. 22 Oklahoma No. 10
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, CO
CBS W 32–2351,967
November 32:00 pmat No. 3 Nebraska No. 9ESPNW 27–1276,464
November 101:00 pm Oklahoma State No. 4
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, CO
KCNCW 41–2251,873
November 1712:10 pm Kansas State No. 2
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, CO
KCNCW 64–351,136
January 1, 19916:00 pmNo. 5 Notre Dame *No. 1NBCW 10–977,062

Personnel

1990 Colorado Buffaloes football team roster
PlayersCoaches
Offense
Pos.#NameClass
C 55Jim AdamsJr
TB 44David ArterberrySo
TB 31Matt BellSo
TB 1 Eric Bieniemy Sr
TE 84Jason BlattFr
TE 81Jon BomanJr
TB 34Darnell BrooksFr
TE 32David BrownSr
TE 87Sean BrownJr
OT 78Bryan CampbellSo
TB 6Dennis CollierSo
FB 25Robert DobbinsFr
TE 85Sean EmbreeSo
TE 88 Christian Fauria Fr
QB 18Roman FosterSo
QB 10Mike FreemanSo
OG 62 Joe Garten Sr
C 71Erez GottliebSo
QB 3 Darian Hagan Jr
WR 46Chris HallFr
OT 77Jim HansenSo
WR 26Julian HaywardSo
OG 79Russ HeasleyJr
FB 22George HemingwaySr
WR 25Mark HenryJr
WB Dan HestraFr
FB 33James HillFr
OG 73Roger IveyFr
OG 74Dolyn JacksonFr
WR 84James JacksonFr
WR 80Robbie JamesJr
WR 88 Charles E. Johnson Fr
QB 4Charles S. JohnsonJr
QB 1 Vance Joseph Fr
TB 7Kent KahlFr
WR 89Jack KeysSo
FB 38Charles LeeFr
C 52 Jay Leeuwenburg Jr
WB 23Greg LindseyFr
OT 65Greg LoestFr
WB 28Erik MitchellFr
OT 70Thomas MixonFr
OT 60Clint MolesSo
WB 5O.C. OliverSr
WB 36J.C. OrvisSr
FB 49Scott PhillipsFr
FB 20Kelly PhippsFr
WB 26Jason AllegriFr
WR 9 Mike Pritchard Sr
FB 30Tony SennaJr
WB 42Michael SimmonsSr
WR 86Rico SmithJr
TB 35Chuck SnowdenFr
OT 76Ariel SolomonSr
C 51Rudy StearnesFr
OT 61Chris StortzFr
OG 66Dan ToddFr
TE 82Doug Van HornFr
OT 72Mark Vander PoelSr
OT 63Derek WestFr
WB 12 Michael Westbrook Fr
TB 41Roger YagoSr
Defense
Pos.#NameClass
DB 29Derek AgnewFr
S 5Blake AndersonFr
LB 90Norm BarnettFr
LB 50Tony BertiFr
S 30Matthew BickelFr
LB 19 Greg Biekert So
CB 13 Ronnie Bradford So
LB 34 Chad Brown So
DT 59Kenny BrowneFr
NT 39Jeff BrunnerFr
LB 55DeShannon CampbellFr
S 31Spencer ColterJr
S 21Dwayne DavisSo
LB 40Scott DeGolerSr
DT 89Brian DyetFr
DT 97Marcellous ElderSo
CB 2 Deon Figures So
LB 88Richard FisherFr
CB 15David GibbsSr
LB 91Lamarr GraySr
LB 92Rodell GuestJr
S 6Eric HamiltonSo
DT 95 Garry Howe Sr
CB 47 Chris Hudson Fr
LB 51Alfred HullFr
LB 43Rob HutchinsSr
S 17Tim JamesSr
LB 48Terry JohnsonSr
LB 58Noah KaiserFr
LB 41John KatovischFr
CB 12 Dave McCloughan Sr
LB 96 Kanavis McGhee Sr
LB 98Mike MotleySr
S 37Tate NelsonSo
S 45Chris O'DonnellJr
DT 75Jason PerkinsSo
LB 57William PolkSo
DT 99Leonard RenfroFr
LB 53Jason RobinsonFr
LB 46Paul RoseSr
S 49Jim SchrantFr
S 4Aaron ShawFr
DT 76Corey SmithFr
CB 38Scott StarrSo
NT 93Joel SteedJr
LB 64Colton SudberryFr
S 27Greg ThomasJr
CB 19Ryan ThomasFr
CB 14Jeff WaldenFr
LB 94 Alfred Williams Sr
LB 81Dennis WilliamsFr
LB 56Ron WoolforkFr
Special teams
Pos.#NameClass
PK 20Jim ArchibaldFr
PK 9Daniel BeckFr
PK 23Justin BlakeFr
PK 14Pat BlottiauxSo
PK 16Jim HarperJr
PK 1Branon JohnsonFr
P 17Jeff KochevarJr
P 21Ron MayerFr
PK 85Jason MillerFr
P 10 Tom Rouen Sr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured
  • Redshirt.svg Redshirt

Roster
Last update: 2016-Jan-17

Rankings

Ranking movements
Legend:██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. т = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
PollPre1234567891011121314Final 
AP 5 (4)6920201214141094 (5)2 (5)1 (45)1 (41)1 (42)1 (39) 
Coaches 5 (2)79181691114873 (2)2 (3)1 (45)1 (39)1 (38)2 (27)

Season summary

vs. Tennessee

#5 Colorado vs. #8 Tennessee
1234Total
Buffaloes01071431
Volunteers7302131
      


Each team dominated with its offensive strength. Mike Pritchard ran for 217 yards and 2 touchdowns as Colorado outgained Tennessee 368-135 on the ground (even with Eric Bienemy sitting out due to a one-game suspension). The Volunteers passed for 368 yards (to Colorado's 68 passing yards), and future NFL wide receivers Carl Pickens and Alvin Harper each had over 100 yards receiving and a touchdown. [5]

Stanford

Stanford at #5 Colorado
1234Total
Cardinal1400317
Buffaloes0014721
  • Date: September 6
  • Location: Folsom Field, Boulder, CO
  • Game start: 6:08 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:14
  • Game attendance: 50,699
  • Game weather: 77° F, partly cloudy, Wind NW 5
  • Referee: Dean Cramer
   


[6]

at Illinois

#9 Colorado at #21 Illinois
1234Total
Buffaloes7102322
Fighting Illini377623
  • Date: September 15
  • Location: Memorial Stadium, Champaign, IL
  • Game attendance: 64,351
  • Game weather: 73° F, clear, Wind NW 10
  • Referee: Tom Quinn
  • Television network: ABC
     


[7]

at Texas

#20 Colorado at #22 Texas
1234Total
Buffaloes7701529
Longhorns1036322
  • Date: September 22
  • Location: Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, TX
  • Game start: 6:39 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:20
  • Game attendance: 77,273
  • Game weather: 79° F, Cloudy/Low Overcast, Wind NE 15-20
  • Referee: Larry Fisher
  • Television network: ESPN
      


Washington

#12 Washington at #20 Colorado
1234Total
Huskies707014
Buffaloes0314320
  • Date: September 29
  • Location: Folsom Field, Boulder, CO
  • Game start: 1:31 PM
  • Elapsed time: 2:46
  • Game attendance: 52,868
  • Game weather: 55° F, cloudy, Wind E 3
  • Referee: Dean Cramer
  


at Missouri

#12 Colorado at Missouri
1234Total
Buffaloes7731633
Tigers14071031
  • Date: October 6
  • Location: Faurot Field, Columbia, MO
  • Game start: 1:33 PM
  • Elapsed time: 2:58
  • Game attendance: 46,856
  • Game weather: 82° F, partly cloudy, Wind S 15-25
  • Referee: J. C. Louderback
  • Television network: KCNC
       


Iowa State

Iowa State at #14 Colorado
1234Total
Cyclones930012
Buffaloes7714028
  • Date: October 13
  • Location: Folsom Field, Boulder, CO
  • Game start: 1:32 PM
  • Elapsed time: 2:46
  • Game attendance: 51,861
  • Game weather: 72° F, partly cloudy, Wind S 25-40
  • Referee: John Laurie
    


at Kansas

#14 Colorado at Kansas
1234Total
Buffaloes17321041
Jayhawks0100010
  • Date: October 20
  • Location: Memorial Stadium
  • Game start: 12:10 PM
  • Elapsed time: 2:48
  • Game attendance: 40,000
  • Game weather: 67° F, partly cloudy, Wind S 15-20
  • Referee: Larry Fisher
      


Oklahoma

#22 Oklahoma at #10 Colorado
1234Total
Sooners773623
Buffaloes3961432
  • Date: October 27
  • Location: Folsom Field, Boulder, CO
  • Game start: 12:31 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:23
  • Game attendance: 51,967
  • Game weather: 58° F, sunny, Wind E 8
  • Referee: Dean Cramer
      


[8]

at Nebraska

#9 Colorado at #3 Nebraska
1234Total
Buffaloes0002727
Cornhuskers066012
  • Date: November 3
  • Location: Memorial Stadium
  • Game start: 3:07 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:00
  • Game attendance: 76,464
  • Game weather: 38° F, Light rain, Wind N 20-22
  • Referee: John Laurie
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Sean McDonough and Mike Gottfried
    


[9] [10] [11] [12]

Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State at #4 Colorado
1234Total
Cowboys7001522
Buffaloes71021341
  • Date: November 10
  • Location: Folsom Field, Boulder, CO
  • Game start: 1:02 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:09
  • Game attendance: 51,873
  • Game weather: 67° F, sunny, Wind NE 7
  • Referee: John Laurie
      


Kansas State

Kansas State at #4 Colorado
1234Total
Wildcats03003
Buffaloes172332164
  • Date: November 17
  • Location: Folsom Field, Boulder, CO
  • Game start: 12:12 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:19
  • Game attendance: 51,136
  • Game weather: 65° F, partly cloudy, Wind NE 8
  • Referee: Larry Fisher
        


The Buffs scored early and often while totaling 634 yards of total offense (360 rushing). [13] [14]

Notre Dame (Orange Bowl)

#5 Notre Dame vs. #1 Colorado
1234Total
Fighting Irish06309
Buffaloes037010
  


[15] [16]

Team players drafted into the NFL

PlayerPositionRoundPickNFL Club
Mike Pritchard Wide Receiver113 Atlanta Falcons
Alfred Williams Linebacker118 Cincinnati Bengals
Eric Bieniemy Running Back239 San Diego Chargers
Kanavis McGhee Linebacker255 New York Giants
Dave McCloughan Defensive Back369 Indianapolis Colts
Mark Vander PoelTackle496 Indianapolis Colts
Joe Garten Center6164 Green Bay Packers
Tim JamesDefensive Back8202 New York Jets

[17]

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