|1990 Colorado Buffaloes football|
AP Poll national champion
Big Eight champion
Orange Bowl champion
|Conference||Big Eight Conference|
|1990 record||11–1–1 (7–0 Big 8)|
|Head coach||Bill McCartney|
|Offensive scheme||I-Bone Option|
|Home stadium||Folsom Field
|1990 Big 8 football standings|
|No. 1 Colorado $||7||–||0||–||0||11||–||1||–||1|
|No. 24 Nebraska||5||–||2||–||0||9||–||3||–||0|
|No. 17 Oklahoma||5||–||2||–||0||8||–||3||–||0|
The 1990 Colorado Buffaloes football team represented the University of Colorado Boulder in the 1990 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Buffaloes offense scored 338 points while the defense allowed 160 points. Led by head coach Bill McCartney, Colorado competed against Notre Dame in the 1991 Orange Bowl. The Buffaloes defeated the Fighting Irish 10–9 and at season's end were awarded the AP national championship in a split with Georgia Tech winning the UPI Coaches poll title.
Fifth Down Game
The Fifth Down Game is the name of a college football game that included a play that the crew officiating the game permitted to occur in error. The fifth down play enabled the Buffaloes to defeat the Missouri Tigers by scoring a touchdown on the last play of their game on October 6, 1990. The ensuing controversy cast doubt on Colorado's claim to Division I-A's 1990 national championship. It has been called one of the top memorable moments and blunders in college football history.
|August 26||1:00 PM||vs. No. 8 Tennessee*||No. 5||Anaheim Stadium • Anaheim, CA (Pigskin Classic)||NBC||T 31–31||33,485|
|September 6||6:00 PM||Stanford*||No. 6||Folsom Field • Boulder, CO||ESPN||W 21–17||50,699|
|September 15||1:30 PM||at No. 21 Illinois*||No. 9||Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL||ABC||L 23–22||64,351|
|September 22||5:30 PM||at No. 22 Texas*||No. 20||Texas Memorial Stadium • Austin, TX||ESPN||W 29–22||77,373|
|September 29||1:30 PM||No. 12 Washington*||No. 20||Folsom Field • Boulder, CO||PSN||W 20–14||52,868|
|October 6||12:30 PM||at Missouri||No. 12||Faurot Field • Columbia, MO ("The 5th Down")||KCNC||W 33–31||46,856|
|October 13||11:30 AM||Iowa State||No. 14||Folsom Field • Boulder, CO||KCNC||W 28–12||51,861|
|October 20||11:00 AM||at Kansas||No. 14||Memorial Stadium • Lawrence, KS||KCNC||W 41–10||40,000|
|October 27||12:30 PM||No. 22 Oklahoma||No. 10||Folsom Field • Boulder, CO||CBS||W 32–23||51,967|
|November 3||2:00 PM||at No. 3 Nebraska||No. 9||Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE (Rivalry)||ESPN||W 27–12||76,464|
|November 10||1:00 PM||Oklahoma State||No. 4||Folsom Field • Boulder, CO||KCNC||W 41–22||51,873|
|November 17||12:10 PM||Kansas State||No. 2||Folsom Field • Boulder, CO||KCNC||W 64–3||51,136|
|January 1, 1991||6:00 PM||No. 5 Notre Dame*||No. 1||Orange Bowl Stadium • Miami, FL (Orange Bowl)||NBC||W 10–9||77,062|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Mountain Time.|
|1990 Colorado Buffaloes football team roster|
- Eric Bieniemy 38 Rush, 137 Yds
Team players drafted into the NFL
|Mike Pritchard||Wide Receiver||1||13||Atlanta Falcons|
|Alfred Williams||Linebacker||1||18||Cincinnati Bengals|
|Eric Bieniemy||Running Back||2||39||San Diego Chargers|
|Kanavis McGhee||Linebacker||2||55||New York Giants|
|Dave McCloughan||Defensive Back||3||69||Indianapolis Colts|
|Mark Vander Poel||Tackle||4||96||Indianapolis Colts|
|Joe Garten||Center||6||164||Green Bay Packers|
|Tim James||Defensive Back||8||202||New York Jets|
Awards and honors
- Stone, Gene (January 3, 1991). "Tech Scores Split Decision, is Voted No. 1 by Coaches". Gadsden Times. Retrieved December 2, 2017.
- "College Football's Best of the Last 20 Years". USA Today. November 19, 2002. Retrieved November 21, 2006.
- Mandell, Ted (September 25, 2005). "Heart Stoppers And Hail Marys" (Book/CD). Hardwood Press. Archived from the original on November 23, 2006. Retrieved November 21, 2006.
- Gainesville Sun. 1990 Nov 4. Retrieved 2015-Nov-05.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-07-12. Retrieved 2006-12-21.