Game 7

Result: Colorado 28, Iowa State 12.

When: Oct. 13, 1990.

Where: Boulder.

Bottom line: Finally, no drama needed.

The Buffaloes spent a week in the national spotlight for all the wrong reasons following the Missouri game as they prepared for Iowa State. Some believed the Buffs should be stripped of their victory the week before, and that criticism brought the team together.

CU responded by playing into that villain role by donning all-black uniforms at home in a 28-12 win over the Cyclones.

Colorado quarterback Darian Hagan didn’t start against Iowa State because of a shoulder injury, but he came off the bench to lead the Buffs to a
Colorado quarterback Darian Hagan didn't start against Iowa State because of a shoulder injury, but he came off the bench to lead the Buffs to a go-ahead touchdown. (Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer)

Yet, the CU defense still couldn't manage to get a stop on the opponent's first possession of the game. Once again, for the eighth consecutive week, the Buffs fell behind. Iowa State drove 80 yards to take a 6-0 lead on a pass from quarterback Chris Pedersen to fullback Sundiata Patterson, but the extra point failed.

CU tailback Eric Bieniemy fumbled on the Buffs' first drive, giving Iowa State prime field position and the Cyclones turned it into a 36-yard Jeff Shudak field goal for a 9-0 lead.

Aside from another Shudak field goal in the second quarter, Iowa State managed little the rest of the game against the Buffs' defense. Defensive lineman Garry Howe played a big role with eight total tackles and 1 ½ sacks.


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The only drama in this one surrounded the quarterback position for the Buffs. Charles Johnson opened the game at quarterback for CU but was injured late in the first quarter when he pulled a quadriceps muscle while leading CU to its first touchdown. Darian Hagan was still nursing his shoulder injury so Bill McCartney called on freshman quarterback Vance Joseph, who played just one series.

Hagan ran on the field when the Buffs were pinned deep in their territory in the second half. He later led CU to a go-ahead touchdown before halftime, throwing a scoring pass to Sean Brown.

The Buffs ran for 362 yards with Bieniemy leading the way with 21 carries for 131 yards. Bieniemy and Mike Pritchard scored second-half touchdowns on the ground in what was the first game of the season in which the starters were able to watch the end from the bench.

PLAYER PERSPECTIVE

Garry Howe, defensive tackle: "That week ... McCartney came in and he goes, 'They want to call us the bad guys; we're coming out in all black.' The first time we ever came out in black jerseys, black pants. That set a big precedent. That started it all off. McCartney always pulled stuff out. That guy was such an awesome motivator. He always knew how to bring out something from his players in each and every game he knew was critical."

QUOTING MCCARTNEY

"We played the nation's toughest schedule and we weathered it, but we didn't dominate it. We answered the call. So when I look back on playing the nation's toughest schedule, one loss and one tie is pretty good."