1970 Colorado Buffaloes football
Liberty Bowl, L 3–17 vs. Tulane
ConferenceBig Eight Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 16
1970 record6–5 (3–4 Big 8)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorChet Franklin
Offensive schemeSwitching T / Slot-I
Triple Option
Defensive coordinatorDon James (3rd season)
Base defense4–3
MVPDon Popplewell
Captains
  • Phil Irwin
  • Don Popplewell
Home stadiumFolsom Field
Seasons
← 1969
1971 →
1970 Big Eight Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 1 Nebraska $ 7 0 0 11 0 1
No. 20 Oklahoma 5 2 0 7 4 1
Kansas State 5 2 0 6 5 0
Missouri 3 4 0 5 6 0
Colorado 3 4 0 6 5 0
Kansas 2 5 0 5 6 0
Oklahoma State 2 5 0 4 7 0
Iowa State 1 6 0 5 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1970 Colorado Buffaloes football team represented the University of Colorado during the 1970 NCAA University Division football season. The Buffaloes were led by eighth-year head coach Eddie Crowder and home games were played on campus in Boulder at Folsom Field.

In a nationally televised game on ABC, #18 Colorado upset fourth-ranked Penn State 41–13 in Boulder in late September, breaking a 23-game winning (and 31-game undefeated) streak.[1][2] The Buffaloes moved up to eighth in the AP poll, but were upset the next week by a point at Kansas State, led by quarterback Lynn Dickey.[3]

Schedule

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendanceSource
September 19at Indiana*W 16–942,174
September 26No. 4 Penn State*No. 18ABCW 41–1342,850
October 3at Kansas StateNo. 8L 20–2140,200
October 10Iowa StateNo. 17
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, CO
W 61–1040,840
October 17OklahomadaggerNo. 13
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, CO
L 15–2347,700
October 24MissouriNo. 19L 16–3057,000
October 31No. 4 Nebraska
ABCL 13–2950,881
November 7Kansas
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, CO
W 45–2937,250
November 14at Oklahoma StateW 30–618,000
November 21at Air Force*W 49–1945,447
December 12vs. Tulane*No. 19ABCL 3–1744,640[4]
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
Source:[5]

Roster

1970 Colorado Buffaloes football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
SE 23 Cliff Branch Jr
QB 10 Jim Bratten
TB Jon Keyworth So
TB 32 John Tarver Jr
FB 41 Ward Walsh Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
S 15 Jim Cooch
CB 29 Pat Murphy
LB 89 Rick Ogle
DE 88 Herb Orvis Jr
S, P 12 John Stearns So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured
  • Redshirt

Roster

Source:[2][6]

References

  1. ^ "Colorado ends Penn State's victory string". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. September 27, 1970. p. 9B.
  2. ^ a b Jenkins, Dan (October 5, 1970). "For Easterners, prospecting doesn't pay off". Sports Illustrated. p. 46.
  3. ^ "Wildcats shock Colorado". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. October 4, 1970. p. 6B.
  4. ^ "Abercrombie leads Tulane over Colorado in Liberty". The Clarion-Ledger. December 13, 1970. Retrieved October 1, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ 2011 Colorado football information guide.
  6. ^ Woodling, Chuck (November 6, 1970). "Probable starters". Lawrence Daily Journal-World. (Kansas). p. 16.