1982 Colorado Buffaloes football
ConferenceBig Eight Conference
Record2–8–1 (1–5–1 Big 8)
Head coach
Defensive coordinatorDale Evans (1st season)
Home stadiumFolsom Field
(Capacity: 51,463)
Seasons
← 1981
1983 →
1982 Big Eight Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 3 Nebraska $ 7 0 0 12 1 0
No. 16 Oklahoma 6 1 0 8 4 0
Oklahoma State 3 2 2 4 5 2
Kansas State 3 3 1 6 5 1
Missouri 2 3 2 5 4 2
Iowa State 1 5 1 4 6 1
Kansas 1 5 1 2 7 2
Colorado 1 5 1 2 8 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1982 Colorado Buffaloes football team represented the University of Colorado in the Big Eight Conference during the 1982 NCAA Division I-A football season. Led by first-year head coach Bill McCartney, the Buffaloes finished at 2–8–1 (1–5–1 in Big 8, tied for last),[1] their fourth consecutive losing season. Home games were played on campus at Folsom Field in Boulder, Colorado.

After three disappointing seasons in Boulder (197981), head coach Chuck Fairbanks resigned in early June 1982 to become the head coach, president, and minority owner of the New Jersey Generals of the new United States Football League (USFL).[2][3] McCartney, the defensive coordinator at Michigan under Bo Schembechler, was announced as Colorado's new head coach on June 9,[4][5][6] and led the program for thirteen seasons, through 1994.

It was the second year of blue jerseys for the Buffaloes, which were phased out in 1984.[7][2][8]

Schedule

DateOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 11California*L 17–3135,103
September 18at Washington State*KWGNW 12–030,923
September 25Wyoming*
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, Colorado
L 10–2440,593
October 2No. 9 UCLA*
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, Colorado
L 6–3438,702
October 9No. 7 Nebraska
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, Colorado (rivalry)
ABCL 14–4053,022
October 16at Oklahoma StateT 25–2547,250
October 23Iowa State
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, Colorado
ABCL 14–3140,581
October 30No. 17 Oklahoma
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, Colorado
L 10–4543,908
November 6at MissouriL 14–3546,312
November 13Kansas
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, Colorado
W 28–335,114
November 20at Kansas StateL 10–3324,300
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
Source:[9]

Personnel

1982 Colorado Buffaloes football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB Randy Essington
OL John Firm
WR Richard Johnson
OL Vince Rafferty
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K Tom Field Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured
    Injured
  • Redshirt
    Redshirt
Source:[10][11]

Game summaries

Washington State

1 234Total
Colorado 3 603 12
Washington St 0 000 0

Colorado's first road win since 1979 versus Kansas

Source:[12][1]

References

  1. ^ "KSU rips Colorado to earn bowl berth". Lawrence Daily Journal-World. (Kansas). Associated Press. November 21, 1982. p. 2B.
  2. ^ a b Thorburn, Ryan (April 2, 2013). "Football: Former CU Buffs coach Chuck Fairbanks dies at 79". Boulder Daily Camera. Buffzone.com. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
  3. ^ "Fairbanks quits Colorado to coach in USFL". Lawrence Journal-World. (Kansas). Associated Press. June 2, 1982. p. 17.
  4. ^ "Colorado talks with McCartney". Ludington Daily News. (Michigan). Associated Press. June 9, 1982. p. 9.
  5. ^ "McCartney gets Colorado post". Toledo Blade. (Ohio). Associated Press. June 10, 1982. p. 38.
  6. ^ "CU tabs McCartney new football coach". Lawrence Journal-World. (Kansas). Associated Press. June 10, 1982. p. 15.
  7. ^ "CU Logo Evolution Fact Sheet". CUBuffs.com. Retrieved December 5, 2019.
  8. ^ McCallum, Jack (October 11, 1982). "UCLA now stands for Uncork Lots Of Aerials". Sports Illustrated. p. 32.
  9. ^ College Football @ Sports-Reference.com
  10. ^ "Probable starters". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). September 18, 1982. p. 15.
  11. ^ Barrows, Bob (September 18, 1982). "Cougars: Injuries may play role in game with Colorado". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1C.
  12. ^ Barrows, Bob (September 19, 1982). "Colorado gets revenge against Cougars, 12-0". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1C.