1990 Colorado Buffaloes football
AP Poll national champion
Big Eight champion
Orange Bowl champion
Orange Bowl, W 10–9 vs. Notre Dame
ConferenceBig Eight Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 2
APNo. 1
1990 record11–1–1 (7–0 Big 8)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorGerry DiNardo (12 games)
Gary Barnett (bowl game)
Offensive schemeI-Bone option[1]
Defensive coordinatorMike Hankwitz (3rd season)
Home stadiumFolsom Field
(capacity: 51,463)
Seasons
← 1989
1991 →
1990 Big Eight Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Colorado $ 7 0 0     11 1 1
No. 24 Nebraska 5 2 0     9 3 0
No. 17 Oklahoma 5 2 0     8 3 0
Iowa State 2 4 1     4 6 1
Kansas 2 4 1     3 7 1
Kansas State 2 5 0     5 6 0
Missouri 2 5 0     4 7 0
Oklahoma State 2 5 0     4 7 0
  • $ – 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.

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. 5NBCT 31–3133,485
September 66:00 pmStanford*No. 6ESPNW 21–1750,699
September 151:30 pmat No. 21 Illinois*No. 9ABCL 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
PSNW 20–1452,868
October 612:30 pmat MissouriNo. 12KCNCW 33–3146,856
October 1311:30 amIowa StateNo. 14
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, CO
KCNCW 28–1251,861
October 2011:00 amat KansasNo. 14KCNCW 41–1040,000
October 2712:30 pmNo. 22 OklahomaNo. 10
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, CO
CBSW 32–2351,967
November 32:00 pmat No. 3 NebraskaNo. 9ESPNW 27–1276,464
November 101:00 pmOklahoma StateNo. 4
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, CO
KCNCW 41–2251,873
November 1712:10 pmKansas StateNo. 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
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
C 55 Jim Adams Jr
TB 44 David Arterberry So
TB 31 Matt Bell So
TB 1 Eric Bieniemy Sr
TE 84 Jason Blatt Fr
TE 81 Jon Boman Jr
TB 34 Darnell Brooks Fr
TE 32 David Brown Sr
TE 87 Sean Brown Jr
OT 78 Bryan Campbell So
TB 6 Dennis Collier So
FB 25 Robert Dobbins Fr
TE 85 Sean Embree So
TE 88 Christian Fauria Fr
QB 18 Roman Foster So
QB 10 Mike Freeman So
OG 62 Joe Garten Sr
C 71 Erez Gottlieb So
QB 3 Darian Hagan Jr
WR 46 Chris Hall Fr
OT 77 Jim Hansen So
WR 26 Julian Hayward So
OG 79 Russ Heasley Jr
FB 22 George Hemingway Sr
WR 25 Mark Henry Jr
WB Dan Hestra Fr
FB 33 James Hill Fr
OG 73 Roger Ivey Fr
OG 74 Dolyn Jackson Fr
WR 84 James Jackson Fr
WR 80 Robbie James Jr
WR 88 Charles E. Johnson Fr
QB 4 Charles S. Johnson Jr
QB 1 Vance Joseph Fr
TB 7 Kent Kahl Fr
WR 89 Jack Keys So
FB 38 Charles Lee Fr
C 52 Jay Leeuwenburg Jr
WB 23 Greg Lindsey Fr
OT 65 Greg Loest Fr
WB 28 Erik Mitchell Fr
OT 70 Thomas Mixon Fr
OT 60 Clint Moles So
WB 5 O.C. Oliver Sr
WB 36 J.C. Orvis Sr
FB 49 Scott Phillips Fr
FB 20 Kelly Phipps Fr
WB 26 Jason Allegri Fr
WR 9 Mike Pritchard Sr
FB 30 Tony Senna Jr
WB 42 Michael Simmons Sr
WR 86 Rico Smith Jr
TB 35 Chuck Snowden Fr
OT 76 Ariel Solomon Sr
C 51 Rudy Stearnes Fr
OT 61 Chris Stortz Fr
OG 66 Dan Todd Fr
TE 82 Doug Van Horn Fr
OT 72 Mark Vander Poel Sr
OT 63 Derek West Fr
WB 12 Michael Westbrook Fr
TB 41 Roger Yago Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 29 Derek Agnew Fr
S 5 Blake Anderson Fr
LB 90 Norm Barnett Fr
LB 50 Tony Berti Fr
S 30 Matthew Bickel Fr
LB 19 Greg Biekert So
CB 13 Ronnie Bradford So
LB 34 Chad Brown So
DT 59 Kenny Browne Fr
NT 39 Jeff Brunner Fr
LB 55 DeShannon Campbell Fr
S 31 Spencer Colter Jr
S 21 Dwayne Davis So
LB 40 Scott DeGoler Sr
DT 89 Brian Dyet Fr
DT 97 Marcellous Elder So
CB 2 Deon Figures So
LB 88 Richard Fisher Fr
CB 15 David Gibbs Sr
LB 91 Lamarr Gray Sr
LB 92 Rodell Guest Jr
S 6 Eric Hamilton So
DT 95 Garry Howe Sr
CB 47 Chris Hudson Fr
LB 51 Alfred Hull Fr
LB 43 Rob Hutchins Sr
S 17 Tim James Sr
LB 48 Terry Johnson Sr
LB 58 Noah Kaiser Fr
LB 41 John Katovisch Fr
CB 12 Dave McCloughan Sr
LB 96 Kanavis McGhee Sr
LB 98 Mike Motley Sr
S 37 Tate Nelson So
S 45 Chris O'Donnell Jr
DT 75 Jason Perkins So
LB 57 William Polk So
DT 99 Leonard Renfro Fr
LB 53 Jason Robinson Fr
LB 46 Paul Rose Sr
S 49 Jim Schrant Fr
S 4 Aaron Shaw Fr
DT 76 Corey Smith Fr
CB 38 Scott Starr So
NG 93 Joel Steed Jr
LB 64 Colton Sudberry Fr
S 27 Greg Thomas Jr
CB 19 Ryan Thomas Fr
CB 14 Jeff Walden Fr
LB 94 Alfred Williams Sr
LB 81 Dennis Williams Fr
LB 56 Ron Woolfork Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
PK 20 Jim Archibald Fr
PK 9 Daniel Beck Fr
PK 23 Justin Blake Fr
PK 14 Pat Blottiaux So
PK 16 Jim Harper Jr
PK 1 Branon Johnson Fr
P 17 Jeff Kochevar Jr
P 21 Ron Mayer Fr
PK 85 Jason Miller Fr
P 10 Tom Rouen Sr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Roster
Last update: 2016-Jan-17

Rankings

Main article: 1990 NCAA Division I-A football 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
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP 5 (4) 6 9 20 20 12 14 14 10 9 4 (5) 2 (5) 1 (45) 1 (41) 1 (42) 1 (39) 
Coaches 5 (2) 7 9 18 16 9 11 14 8 7 3 (2) 2 (3) 1 (45) 1 (39) 1 (38) 2 (27)

Season summary

vs. Tennessee

#5 Colorado vs. #8 Tennessee
1 234Total
Buffaloes 0 10714 31
Volunteers 7 3021 31
      

See also: 1990 Tennessee Volunteers football team and Pigskin Classic


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
1 234Total
Cardinal 14 003 17
Buffaloes 0 0147 21
  • 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
   

See also: 1990 Stanford Cardinal football team


[6]

at Illinois

#9 Colorado at #21 Illinois
1 234Total
Buffaloes 7 1023 22
Fighting Illini 3 776 23
  • 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
     

See also: 1990 Illinois Fighting Illini football team


[7]

at Texas

#20 Colorado at #22 Texas
1 234Total
Buffaloes 7 7015 29
Longhorns 10 363 22
  • 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
      

See also: 1990 Texas Longhorns football team


Washington

#12 Washington at #20 Colorado
1 234Total
Huskies 7 070 14
Buffaloes 0 3143 20
  • 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
  

See also: 1990 Washington Huskies football team


at Missouri

#12 Colorado at Missouri
1 234Total
Buffaloes 7 7316 33
Tigers 14 0710 31
  • 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
       

Main article: Fifth Down Game (1990)

See also: 1990 Missouri Tigers football team


Iowa State

Iowa State at #14 Colorado
1 234Total
Cyclones 9 300 12
Buffaloes 7 7140 28
  • 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
    

See also: 1990 Iowa State Cyclones football team


at Kansas

#14 Colorado at Kansas
1 234Total
Buffaloes 17 3210 41
Jayhawks 0 1000 10
  • 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
      

See also: 1990 Kansas Jayhawks football team


Oklahoma

#22 Oklahoma at #10 Colorado
1 234Total
Sooners 7 736 23
Buffaloes 3 9614 32
  • 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
      

See also: 1990 Oklahoma Sooners football team


[8]

at Nebraska

#9 Colorado at #3 Nebraska
1 234Total
Buffaloes 0 0027 27
Cornhuskers 0 660 12
  • 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
    

See also: 1990 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team and Colorado–Nebraska football rivalry


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Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State at #4 Colorado
1 234Total
Cowboys 7 0015 22
Buffaloes 7 10213 41
  • 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
      

See also: 1990 Oklahoma State Cowboys football team


Kansas State

Kansas State at #4 Colorado
1 234Total
Wildcats 0 300 3
Buffaloes 17 23321 64
  • 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
        

See also: 1990 Kansas State Wildcats football team


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
1 234Total
Fighting Irish 0 630 9
Buffaloes 0 370 10
  

Main article: 1991 Orange Bowl

See also: 1990 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team


[15][16]

Team players drafted into the NFL

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Mike Pritchard Wide Receiver 1 13 Atlanta Falcons
Alfred Williams Linebacker 1 18 Cincinnati Bengals
Eric Bieniemy Running Back 2 39 San Diego Chargers
Kanavis McGhee Linebacker 2 55 New York Giants
Dave McCloughan Defensive Back 3 69 Indianapolis Colts
Mark Vander Poel Tackle 4 96 Indianapolis Colts
Joe Garten Center 6 164 Green Bay Packers
Tim James Defensive Back 8 202 New York Jets

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Awards and honors

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