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1956 Colorado Buffaloes football
Orange Bowl champion
Orange Bowl, W 27–21 vs. Clemson
ConferenceBig Seven Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 18
APNo. 20
1956 record8–2–1 (4–1–1 Big 7)
Head coachDallas Ward (9th season)
Home stadiumFolsom Field
Seasons
← 1955
1957 →
1956 Big 7 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 Oklahoma 6 0 0     10 0 0
#20 Colorado 4 1 1     8 2 1
Missouri 3 2 1     4 5 1
Nebraska 3 3 0     4 6 0
Kansas 2 4 0     3 6 1
Kansas State 2 4 0     3 7 0
Iowa State 0 6 0     2 8 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1956 Colorado Buffaloes football team was an American football team that represented the University of Colorado during the 1956 NCAA University Division football season. Head coach Dallas Ward led the team to a 4–1–1 mark in the "Big 7" and 8–2–1 overall.[1]

Colorado was runner-up in the conference to undefeated consensus national champion Oklahoma,[2] whose winning streak had reached forty games.[3] The Sooners did not play in a bowl game due to the Big Seven's no-repeat rule;[2] so Colorado was invited to the Orange Bowl in Miami,[4] and defeated Clemson 27–21.[4][5]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResult
September 22Oregon*L 0–35
September 29Kansas State
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, CO
W 34–0
October 6at KansasW 26–25
October 13Colorado A&M*
W 47–7
October 20at Iowa StateW 52–0
October 27Nebraska
W 16–0
November 3No. 1 Oklahoma
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, CO
L 19–27
November 10at MissouriNo. 18T 14–14
November 17at Utah*W 21–7
November 24at Arizona*No. 20W 38–7
January 1vs. No. 19 Clemson*No. 20W 27–21
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

ReferencesEdit

  1. "2015 Media Guide". Colorado Athletic Department. 2015. pp. 128–130. http://sidearm.sites.s3.amazonaws.com/cubuffs.com/documents/2015/8/5/part_2_127-233.pdf. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Miller, Norman (December 4, 1956). "Oklahoma voted grid champion in final AP and UP polls". Reading Eagle. United Press ((Pennsylvania)): p. 23. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=uAQrAAAAIBAJ&sjid=05cFAAAAIBAJ&pg=5199%2C1690371.
  3. "Oklahoma wins 40th in a row". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 1, sports. December 2, 1956. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=y2wpAAAAIBAJ&sjid=TecDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4131%2C1067852.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "It's Bowl Day today in U.S.". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 10. January 1, 1957. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=PW8pAAAAIBAJ&sjid=J-cDAAAAIBAJ&pg=1511%2C74892.
  5. "Buffs top Clemson, 27 to 21". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 15. January 2, 1957. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=Pm8pAAAAIBAJ&sjid=J-cDAAAAIBAJ&pg=868%2C253094.
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