1978 Colorado Buffaloes football
ConferenceBig Eight Conference
1978 record6–5 (2–5 Big 8)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorGeorge Belu (5th season)
Defensive coordinatorBob Reublin (5th season)
Home stadiumFolsom Field
Seasons
← 1977
1979 →
1978 Big Eight Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 3 Oklahoma + 6 1 0 11 1 0
No. 8 Nebraska + 6 1 0 9 3 0
No. 15 Missouri 4 3 0 8 4 0
Iowa State 4 3 0 8 4 0
Kansas State 3 4 0 4 7 0
Oklahoma State 3 4 0 3 8 0
Colorado 2 5 0 6 5 0
Kansas 0 7 0 1 10 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1978 Colorado Buffaloes football team represented the University of Colorado in the Big Eight Conference during the 1978 NCAA Division I-A football season. Led by fifth-year head coach Bill Mallory, the Buffaloes were 6–5 (2–5 in Big 8, seventh),[1] and played home games on campus at Folsom Field in Boulder, Colorado.

Colorado again won its first five games, all at home, but then lost five of six and Mallory was fired on November 21 by athletic director Eddie Crowder, the previous head coach.[2][3][4] Mallory was succeeded by Chuck Fairbanks, the head coach of the New England Patriots in the NFL for six years and formerly at conference foe Oklahoma (196772).

CU's next winning season was seven years away.

Schedule

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
September 9Oregon*W 24–745,389
September 16Miami (FL)*
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, CO
W 17–744,714
September 23San Jose State*No. 19
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, CO
W 22–744,868
September 30Northwestern*No. 16
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, CO
W 55–744,709
October 7KansasNo. 13
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, CO
W 17–750,232
October 14at Oklahoma StateNo. 13L 20–2441,200
October 21No. 5 Nebraska
L 14–5253,262
October 28at No. 13 MissouriW 28–2771,096
November 4at No. 1 Oklahoma
L 7–2852,553
November 11at Kansas StateL 10–2013,100
November 18Iowa State
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, CO
L 16–2046,321
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

References

  1. ^ "Colorado entombed by Grant". Lawrence Daily Journal-World. (Kansas). Associated Press. November 19, 1978. p. 3B.
  2. ^ "Mallory gets axe". Lawrence Daily Journal-World. (Kansas). Associated Press. November 22, 1978. p. 11.
  3. ^ "Colorado dismisses Mallory". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. November 22, 1978. p. 23.
  4. ^ "Ax falls on two Big Eight coaches". Deseret News. (Salt Lake City, Utah). wire services. November 22, 1978. p. B5.