2001 Colorado Buffaloes football
Big 12 champion
Big 12 North co-champion
Fiesta Bowl, L 16–38 vs. Oregon
ConferenceBig 12 Conference
DivisionNorth Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 9
APNo. 9
2001 record10–3 (7–1 Big 12)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorShawn Watson (2nd season)
Offensive schemeMultiple
Co-defensive coordinatorTom McMahon
Co-defensive coordinatorVince Okruch
Base defense4–3 multiple
MVPDaniel Graham
Captains
Home stadiumFolsom Field
(capacity: 50,942)
Seasons
← 2000
2002 →
2001 Big 12 Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Northern Division
No. 9 Colorado xy$   7 1     10 3  
No. 8 Nebraska x%   7 1     11 2  
Iowa State   4 4     7 5  
Kansas State   3 5     6 6  
Missouri   3 5     4 7  
Kansas   1 7     3 8  
Southern Division
No. 5 Texas xy   7 1     11 2  
No. 6 Oklahoma   6 2     11 2  
Texas Tech   4 4     7 5  
Texas A&M   4 4     8 4  
Oklahoma State   2 6     4 7  
Baylor   0 8     3 8  
Championship: Colorado 39, Texas 37
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2001 Colorado Buffaloes football team represented the University of Colorado at Boulder during the 2001 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team played their home games at Folsom Field in Boulder, Colorado. They participated in the Big 12 Conference in the North Division. They were coached by head coach Gary Barnett. Colorado played in the Big 12 Championship Game for the first time and secured its first BCS bowl berth.

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 266:00 pmFresno State*ESPN2L 22–2447,762
September 11:30 pmvs. No. 24 Colorado State*ABCW 41–1475,022
September 81:30 pmSan Jose State*
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, CO
W 51–1540,338
September 221:30 pmKansas
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, CO
W 27–1647,495
October 610:30 amat No. 12 Kansas StateFSNW 16–651,101
October 131:30 pmNo. 25 Texas A&MNo. 20
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, CO
PPVW 31–2149,521
October 201:30 pmat No. 9 TexasNo. 14ABCL 7–4183,156
October 276:00 pmat Oklahoma StateNo. 25FSNW 22–1941,070
November 31:00 pmMissouriNo. 25
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, CO
W 38–2445,942
November 106:00 pmat Iowa StateNo. 21FSNW 40–2739,204
November 231:30 pmNo. 1 NebraskaNo. 14
ABCW 62–3653,790
December 17:00 pmvs. No. 3 TexasNo. 9ABCW 39–3765,675
January 12:30 pmvs. No. 2 Oregon*No. 3ABCL 16–3874,118

Note: Colorado was scheduled to play at Washington State on September 15 but the game was canceled due to the September 11 attacks.

Roster

2001 Colorado Buffaloes football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 22 Chris Brown So
FB 33 Brandon Drumm Jr
TE 89 Daniel Graham Sr
G 65 Andre Gurode (C) Sr
WR 5 Roman Hollowell Sr
RB 27 Cortlen Johnson Sr
C 78 Wayne Lucier Jr
WR 2 John Minardi (C) Sr
QB 1 Craig Ochs So
QB 4 Bobby Pesavento Sr
RB 42 Bobby Purify So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DT 97 Justin Bannan (C) Sr
DE 99 Tyler Brayton Jr
DT 94 DeAndre Fluellen So
DE 30 Marques Harris Fr
LB 43 Joey Johnson Jr
SS 31 Michael Lewis (C) Sr
FS 9 Robbie Robinson Sr
CB 26 Roderick Sneed Jr
CB 4 Donald Strickland Jr
LB 54 Sean Tufts So
LB 16 Drew Wahlroos Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 25 Pat Brougham Jr
K 3 Jeremy Flores Sr
P 8 Mark Mariscal Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Shawn WatsonOffensive coordinator
  • Tom McMahon – Co-Defensive coordinator
  • Vince Okruch – Co-Defensive coordinator
  • Eric BieniemyRunning backs
  • Jon EmbreeWide receivers/ kicking

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

Roster

Game summaries

Fresno State

See also: 2001 Fresno State Bulldogs football team and Jim Thorpe Classic

Colorado State

#24 Colorado State vs. Colorado
1 234Total
Rams 7 007 14
Buffaloes 14 31410 41

See also: 2001 Colorado State Rams football team and Rocky Mountain Showdown

San Jose State

See also: 2001 San Jose State Spartans football team

Kansas

See also: 2001 Kansas Jayhawks football team

Kansas State

See also: 2001 Kansas State Wildcats football team

Texas A&M Aggies

#25 Texas A&M at #20 Colorado
1 234Total
Aggies 0 1407 21
Buffaloes 3 11314 31

See also: 2001 Texas A&M Aggies football team

Texas

See also: 2001 Texas Longhorns football team

Oklahoma State

See also: 2001 Oklahoma State Cowboys football team

Missouri

See also: 2001 Missouri Tigers football team

Iowa State

See also: 2001 Iowa State Cyclones football team

Nebraska

#1 Nebraska at #14 Colorado
1 234Total
Cornhuskers 3 2076 36
Buffaloes 28 14020 62

See also: 2001 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team and Colorado–Nebraska football rivalry

[1][2]

Big 12 Championship Game

#3 Texas vs. #9 Colorado
1 234Total
Longhorns 7 10317 37
Buffaloes 7 2273 39

See also: Big 12 Championship Game

[3][4]

Fiesta Bowl

#3 Colorado vs. #2 Oregon
1 234Total
Buffaloes 7 009 16
Ducks 7 14710 38

Main article: 2002 Fiesta Bowl

See also: 2001 Oregon Ducks football team

[5]

Rankings

Further information: 2001 NCAA Division I-A football rankings

Awards and honors

See also: 2001 All-Big 12 Conference football team and 2001 College Football All-America Team

References

  1. ^ "Colorado 62, Nebraska 36: Huskers trampled in Boulder". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. November 23, 2001. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  2. ^ Murphy, Austin (December 3, 2001). "RUN TO GLORY ONRUSHING COLORADO SCRAMBLED THE NATIONAL TITLE PICTURE BY STEPPING ALL OVER NO. 2 NEBRASKA". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  3. ^ "2001 Dr Pepper Big 12 Football Championship Set: Colorado Faces Texas". Big 12 Conference. November 24, 2001. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  4. ^ "2001 Sixth Annual Dr Pepper Big 12 Football Championship" (PDF). Big 12 Conference. December 1, 2001. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  5. ^ "Ducks snuff Buffs". Missoulian. January 2, 2002. Retrieved June 23, 2019.