1971 Colorado Buffaloes football
Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl champion
ConferenceBig Eight Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 7
APNo. 3
1971 record10–2 (5–2 Big 8)
Head coachEddie Crowder (9th season)
Home stadiumFolsom Field
Seasons
← 1970
1972 →
1971 Big 8 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 Nebraska 7 0 0     13 0 0
#2 Oklahoma 6 1 0     11 1 0
#3 Colorado 5 2 0     10 2 0
Iowa State 4 3 0     8 4 0
Kansas State 2 5 0     5 6 0
Oklahoma State 2 5 0     4 6 1
Kansas 2 5 0     4 7 0
Missouri 0 7 0     1 10 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1971 Colorado Buffaloes football team represented the University of Colorado at Boulder in the 1971 NCAA University Division football season. The Buffaloes scored 370 points and allowed 220 points. Led by head coach Eddie Crowder, the Buffaloes were 9–2 in the regular season, won the Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl, and finished third in the final rankings.[1]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 11at No. 9 LSU*W 31–2170,099
September 18Wyoming*No. 12W 56–1340,729
September 25at No. 6 Ohio State*No. 10W 20–1485,538
October 2Kansas StateNo. 6
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, Colorado
W 31–2147,740
October 9at Iowa StateNo. 5W 24–1431,535
October 16at No. 2 OklahomaNo. 6L 17–4561,826
October 23MissouriNo. 11
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, Colorado
W 27–745,129
October 30at No. 1 NebraskaNo. 9ABCL 7–3167,776
November 6at KansasNo. 13W 35–1435,299
November 13Oklahoma StateNo. 12
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, Colorado
W 40–640,211
November 20Air Force*No. 10
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, Colorado
W 53–1746,362
December 31vs. No. 15 Houston*No. 7ABCW 29–1754,720
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Roster[edit | edit source]

1971 Colorado Buffaloes football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 23 Branch, CliffCliff Branch Sr
RB 26 Davis, CharlieCharlie Davis
RB 41 Matthews, BoBo Matthews So
TE 89 Cain, J.V.J.V. Cain So
QB Johnson, KenKen Johnson
WR Nichols, WillieWillie Nichols
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DT Orvis, HerbHerb Orvis
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Roster


NFL draft[edit | edit source]

Colorado Buffaloes selected in the 1972 NFL Draft

Player Position Round Pick NFL club
Herb Orvis Defensive tackle 1 16 Detroit Lions
Cliff Branch Wide receiver 4 98 Oakland Raiders

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