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1994 Colorado Buffaloes football
Fiesta Bowl champion
Fiesta Bowl, W 41–24 vs. Notre Dame
ConferenceBig Eight Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 3
APNo. 3
1994 record11–1 (6–1 Big 8)
Head coachBill McCartney (13th season)
Offensive coordinatorElliot Uzelac (2nd season)
Defensive coordinatorMike Hankwitz (7th season)
Home stadiumFolsom Field
(Capacity: 51,748)
Seasons
← 1993
1995 →
1994 Big 8 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 Nebraska 7 0 0     13 0 0
#3 Colorado 6 1 0     11 1 0
#19 Kansas State 5 2 0     9 3 0
Oklahoma 4 3 0     6 6 0
Kansas 3 4 0     6 5 0
Missouri 2 5 0     3 8 1
Oklahoma State 0 6 1     3 7 1
Iowa State 0 6 1     0 10 1
† – Conference champion
  • ‡ – Bowl Coalition at-large representative
    Rankings from AP Poll

The 1994 Colorado Buffaloes football team represented the University of Colorado at Boulder in the 1994 college football season. The Buffaloes offense scored 439 points while the defense allowed 235 points. The team was led by head coach Bill McCartney.

The Buffaloes' only loss of the season came on the road against eventual consensus national champion Nebraska. Colorado, ranked #2 at the time, was in line to play for the national title as part of the Bowl Coalition. They were leapfrogged in the polls by the Cornhuskers, who had been ranked #3, and finished the regular season ranked #4.

The Buffaloes competed in the 1995 Fiesta Bowl, which they won 41–24 over unranked Notre Dame.

The problem of scheduling bowl match-ups for top-ranked teams led to the dissolution of the Bowl Coalition and the creation of the Bowl Alliance (#2 ranked Penn State was not eligible as a member of the Big Ten Conference to play the #1 ranked team). Notre Dame, playing as an independent, had its own agreement with the Bowl Coalition, which allowed the Fiesta Bowl to choose them as an at-large opponent over more highly ranked teams.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 312:00 PMNE Louisiana*No. 8W 48–1348,114
September 177:45 PMNo. 10 Wisconsin*No. 7
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, CO
ESPNW 55–1753,457
September 241:30 PMat No. 4 Michigan*No. 7ABCW 27–26106,427
October 11:30 PMat No. 16 Texas*No. 5ABCW 34–3177,809
October 812:00 PMat MissouriNo. 5PSNW 38–2338,901
October 157:30 PMNo. 22 OklahomaNo. 4
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, CO
ESPNW 45–753,199
October 225:30 PMNo. 19 Kansas StateNo. 2
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, CO
ESPNW 35–2152,955
October 291:30 PMat No. 3 NebraskaNo. 2ABCL 7–2476,131
November 512:00 PMOklahoma StateNo. 7
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, CO
W 17–351,059
November 1212:00 PMat KansasNo. 7PSNW 51–2635,000
November 1912:00 PMIowa StateNo. 7
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, CO
PSNW 41–2046,113
January 22:30 PMvs. Notre Dame*No. 4NBCW 41–2473,968

RosterEdit

1994 Colorado Buffaloes football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 10 Stewart, KordellKordell Stewart Sr
WR 12 Westbrook, MichaelMichael Westbrook Sr
QB 14 Detmer, KoyKoy Detmer So
RB 19 Salaam, RashaanRashaan Salaam Jr
WR 21 Carruth, RaeRae Carruth So
C 64 Stoltenberg, BryanBryan Stoltenberg Jr
TE 88 Fauria, ChristianChristian Fauria Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
FS 6 Cunningham, T. J.T. J. Cunningham Jr
LB 16 Russell, MattMatt Russell So
LB 46 Johnson, TedTed Johnson Sr
CB 47 Hudson, ChrisChris Hudson Sr
DT 92 Clavelle, ShannonShannon Clavelle Jr
DT 93 Holland, DariusDarius Holland Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 17 Voskeritchian, NeilNeil Voskeritchian Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured
  • Redshirt.svg Redshirt

Roster

Season summaryEdit

Northeast LouisianaEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Indians 3 3 0 7 13
Buffaloes 7 21 14 6 48

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Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

[1]

WisconsinEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 1974 W 24–21


MichiganEdit

Colorado at Michigan
by Quarter1234 Total
No. 7 Buffaloes 7 7 0 13 27
No. 4 Wolverines 0 9 17 0 26
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1 1974 L 0–31

The Miracle at Michigan refers to the final play that occurred during the game played on September 24, 1994, between the Colorado Buffaloes and the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The game was decided on Colorado quarterback Kordell Stewart's 64-yard Hail Mary pass to Michael Westbrook, which gave the play its name. The game was described as one of the two wildest finishes in Michigan football history.[2]


TexasEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
3–4 1993 W 36–14


MissouriEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
22–33–3 1993 W 30–18


OklahomaEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
12–34–2 1993 W 27–10


Kansas StateEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
36–12–1 1993 T 16–16


NebraskaEdit

Colorado at Nebraska
by Quarter1234 Total
No. 2 Buffaloes 0 0 7 0 7
No. 3 Cornhuskers 7 10 7 0 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
14–36–2 1993 L 17–21


Oklahoma StateEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
20–15–1 1993 W 31–14


KansasEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
33–15–3 1993 W 38–14


Iowa StateEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
37–10–1 1993 W 21–16


Fiesta BowlEdit

Colorado vs. Notre Dame
by Quarter1234 Total
No. 4 Buffaloes 10 21 3 7 41
Fighting Irish 3 7 7 7 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–3 1991 W 10–9


Players drafted in the 1995 NFL DraftEdit

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Michael Westbrook Wide Receiver14 Washington Redskins
Rashaan Salaam Running Back 1 21 Chicago Bears
Christian Fauria Tight End 239 Seattle Seahawks
Ted Johnson Linebacker257 New England Patriots
Kordell Stewart Quarterback260 Pittsburgh Steelers
Darius Holland Defensive Tackle365 Green Bay Packers
Chris Hudson Defensive Back371 Jacksonville Jaguars
Derek West Tackle 5149 Indianapolis Colts
Shannon Clavelle Defensive End6185 Buffalo Bills
[3]

Awards and honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Ocala Star-Banner. 1994 Sep 04. Retrieved 2018-Nov-17.
  2. Jones, Todd (2007). "Michigan". In MacCambridge, Michael. ESPN Big Ten College Football Encyclopedia. ESPN Enterprises. p. 62. ISBN 1-933060-49-2.
  3. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1995.htm
  4. http://football.about.com/cs/history/a/doakwalkeraward.htm
  5. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-09-16. https://web.archive.org/web/20090916003323/http://www.heisman.com/winners/hsmn-winners.html. Retrieved 2007-04-16.
  6. http://collegefootball.about.com/od/collegefootballawards/a/award-camp.htm
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