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1989 Colorado Buffaloes football
Big Eight champion
Orange Bowl, L 6–21 vs. Notre Dame
ConferenceBig Eight Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 4
APNo. 4
1989 record11–1 (7–0 Big 8)
Head coachBill McCartney (8th season)
Offensive coordinatorGerry DiNardo (6th season)
Offensive schemeI-Bone option
Defensive coordinatorMike Hankwitz (2nd season)
Base defense3–4
MVPDarian Hagan
CaptainSal Aunese (honorary)
Bill Coleman
Mike Jones
Erich Kissick
Bruce Young
Home stadiumFolsom Field
(Capacity: 51,463)
Seasons
← 1988
1990 →
1989 Big 8 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4 Colorado 7 0 0     11 1 0
#11 Nebraska 6 1 0     10 2 0
Oklahoma 5 2 0     7 4 0
Iowa State 4 3 0     6 5 0
Oklahoma State 3 4 0     4 7 0
Kansas 2 5 0     4 7 0
Missouri 1 6 0     2 9 0
Kansas State 0 7 0     1 10 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1989 Colorado Buffaloes football team represented the University of Colorado at Boulder during the 1989 NCAA Division I-A football season. Colorado finished with the most wins in school history, surpassing the 1971 team, and their first conference championship since 1976. The Buffaloes played for the national title but lost to Notre Dame in the Orange Bowl. The team dedicated the season to senior and former starting quarterback Sal Aunese, who was diagnosed with stomach cancer in February and died on September 23 due to complications from the disease.

In another feel good story, the team was host to a Make A Wish recipient Chad Henry for the big game against Nebraska in Boulder. Henry was an up-and-coming high school football player from Indiana, Pennsylvania and the son of college/NFL coach Jack Henry, who began following the Buffaloes after reading about Sal Aunese's battle with cancer while himself battling a very rare and dangerous form of abdominal cancer. After cheering on the Buffs to the biggest win in school history, Henry and his family were also invited to attend the National Championship game as guests of the university. Henry went on to defeat the disease and did play football for his high school again in 1990. Although his once promising football career was ended following that season due to complications with side effects from the intense chemotherapy he endured, Henry went on to coach football at his high school and became a scout for the NFL's Detroit Lions and is currently with the Indianapolis Colts.

RosterEdit

  • RB Eric Bieniemy
  • OG #62 Joe Garten, Jr.
  • FB George Hemingway

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 45:30 PMTexas*No. 14ESPNW 27–647,269
September 91:30 PMColorado State*No. 9
W 45–2044,921
September 161:30 PMNo. 10 Illinois*No. 8
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, Colorado
CBSW 38–746,747
September 302:00 PMat No. 21 Washington*No. 5KCNCW 45–2869,152
October 71:30 PMMissouriNo. 3
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, Colorado
W 49–351,855
October 141:00 PMat Iowa StateNo. 3KCNCW 52–1741,515
October 211:30 PMKansasdaggerNo. 3
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, Colorado
W 49–1750,057
October 2812:30 PMat OklahomaNo. 3KCNCW 20–375,004
November 412:30 PMNo. 3 NebraskaNo. 2
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, Colorado (Rivalry)
CBSW 27–2152,877
November 1112:30 PMat Oklahoma StateNo. 1KCNCW 41–1741,000
November 1811:10 AMat Kansas StateNo. 2KCNCW 59–1120,117
January 16:00 PMvs. No. 4 Notre Dame*No. 1NBCL 6–2181,191
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Mountain time
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Game summariesEdit

TexasEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
0–4 1975 L 21–38


Colorado StateEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
48–14–2 1988 W 27–23


IllinoisEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting


WashingtonEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
2–3–1 1985 L 17–20


MissouriEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
17–33–3 1988 W 45–8


Iowa StateEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
32–10–1 1988 W 24–12


KansasEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
28–15–3 1988 W 21–9


OklahomaEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
8–34–1 1988 L 14–17


NebraskaEdit

#3 Nebraska at #2 Colorado
by Quarter1234 Total
Cornhuskers 7 7 7 0 21
Buffaloes 14 3 7 3 27
Overall record Last meeting Result
12–34–1 1988 L 0–7

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Oklahoma StateEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
15–15–1 1988 L 21–41


Kansas StateEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
32–12 1988 W 56–14


Notre Dame (Orange Bowl)Edit

#4 Notre Dame vs. #1 Colorado
by Quarter1234 Total
Fighting Irish 0 0 14 7 21
Buffaloes 0 0 6 0 6
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–2 1984 L 14–55

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ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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