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CU Buffs football binge-watching guide

With no live sports, go back and watch some of CU football’s best moments

Douglas Kanter / The Michigan Daily
Colorado’s Michael Westbrook (81) reaches over Michigan’s Ty Law (22) to make the game-winning catch with no time left in Colorado’s win in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Saturday, Sept. 24, 1994. Westbrook was announced as a member of CU’s 2016 Hall of Fame class.

With no live sports being played or broadcast at this time and many Americans stuck at home for the foreseeable future, binge-watching is on the agenda.

Thanks to Netflix and other streaming sites, binge-watching is nothing new, but it’s going to a new level as the world deals with concerns over the new coronavirus.

For University of Colorado football fans starving to watch their Buffaloes, don’t worry. There is no shortage of old games on YouTube, so BuffZone has compiled some of the best to get your Buffs binge-watching started.

This list starts with the oldest game we could find on YouTube and includes some of the best from over the years.

CU at Texas, Sept. 28, 1940: In terms of quality, this is not the greatest video to watch. It’s 80 years old, there’s no sound and CU lost 39-7 in the season opener. But, it’s awesome to find footage of a game from eight decades ago. That was a solid CU team that went 5-3-1 under head coach Frank Potts and was led by two-time All-Mountain States Conference quarterback Leo Stasica. (Note: In the video, CU is in the dark jerseys, Texas in white).

CU vs. Clemson, Jan. 1, 1957: There is no sound on this, but it’s great video of the Buffs’ first-ever appearance in the Orange Bowl and just the second bowl game in program history. CU won this game 27-21 behind a big day from John Bayuk (121 yards, two touchdowns rushing). Other CU legends that were a part of that team include quarterback Boyd Dowler, receiver Frank Clarke, halfbacks Eddie Dove and Bob Stransky and guard John Wooten.

CU vs. Miami, Dec. 23, 1967: This is not a full game video of the Buffs’ 31-21 victory in the Bluebonnet Bowl. In fact, the six-minute video begins at halftime and includes just a small portion of the third quarter, but it does show the second half run of Ralphie I in the final game of her first season as CU’s mascot, so that alone makes it worth a watch. It’s also a chance to see a few plays of Buffs’ legend Bobby Anderson, who was a sophomore at the time.

Nebraska at CU, Oct. 25, 1986: A game that was not televised, but CU video and the KOA radio broadcast were put together to create nearly hour-long video of a landmark game for CU, which beat the Cornhuskers, 20-10, at Folsom Field for their first win in the series since 1967. The halfback pass from O.C. Oliver to Lance Carl on the first play of the fourth quarter highlighted this one.

Nebraska at CU, Nov. 4, 1989: One of the key games in CU’s undefeated regular season, the No. 2 Buffs knocked off the No.3 Cornhuskers, 27-21. It was a great game, highlighted by one of the most famous plays in CU history, “The Pitch” from Darian Hagan to JJ Flannigan.

CU vs. Notre Dame, Jan. 1, 1991: A condensed version of CU’s 10-9 victory in the Orange Bowl to secure the 1990 national title. There are several videos of this game on YouTube, but for those who just want to watch the plays, this is a good one. The game, of course, includes many CU legends, including coach Bill McCartney, quarterback Darian Hagan, running back Eric Bieniemy, linebackers Alfred Williams and Chad Brown and cornerback Deon Figures.

CU vs. Fresno State, Dec. 25, 1993: While this isn’t considered one of the most memorable games in CU history, the Buffs’ 41-30 victory in the Aloha Bowl highlights young stars Kordell Stewart, Rashaan Salaam and Michael Westbrook, as well as receiver Charles Johnson, and several stars on defense, such as Ted Johnson and Chris Hudson.

CU at Michigan, Sept. 24, 1994: The “Miracle at Michigan” which concluded with the stunning Hail Mary thrown by Stewart and caught by Westbrook on the final play for a 27-26 Buffs’ victory. It’s the final play that is remembered most, but this was a great game between two teams ranked in the top seven nationally coming in. Both teams finished the season in the top 12 nationally.

CU vs. Notre Dame, Jan. 2, 1995: The Buffaloes’ 41-24 victory in the Fiesta Bowl wrapped up a sensational season that came within one win of a national title. This is a monumental game in CU history because it was the final game in the remarkable tenure of legendary coach Bill McCartney. It was also the final college game for Salaam, Westbrook, Stewart, Ted Johnson, Hudson, Christian Fauria and 10 total Buffs who would be NFL draft picks in the spring of 1995.

Nebraska at CU, Nov. 23, 2001: This video has nearly 27,000 views – almost surely all by Buffs fans who have watched it repeatedly. The Buffs’ 62-36 rout of rival Nebraska, which came in undefeated and No. 2 in the country, is one of the most satisfying wins in CU history. Chris Brown’s six-touchdown performance is the highlight, but there were so many other great moments for Gary Barnett’s team, which finished 10-3.

Oklahoma at Colorado, Sept. 29, 2007: Kevin Eberhart’s 45-yard field goal as time expired gave the Buffs a stunning, 27-24 victory against No. 3 Oklahoma. This was a victory that helped propel the Buffs into the Independence Bowl that season – the only bowl appearance by CU from 2006-15. CU rallied from a 14-point deficit to upset the Sooners.

Georgia at CU, Oct. 2, 2010: Although this was not a great CU team – the Buffs finished 5-7 and fired head coach Dan Hawkins with three games to play – this was an electric night at Folsom Field. Cornerbacks Jimmy Smith and Jalil Brown, tackle Nate Solder, running back Rodney Stewart and receivers Scotty McKnight and Paul Richardson starred for a team that pulled off the 29-27 victory.

The 2016 season: Other than short game highlights, there aren’t many full-game videos of the Buffs’ Pac-12 South title season in 2016. However, the CU video crew did fantastic job capturing that season with its six-part series, The Rise. Coached by Mike MacIntyre and led by Sefo Liufau, Phillip Lindsay and a great defense, this was the best season CU’s had in 15 years. This is a link to part one of The Rise.

Nebraska at CU, Sept. 7, 2019: Down 17-0 at home to a long-time rival? The Buffs didn’t flinch, storming back in the second half and winning, 34-31, in overtime on a James Stefanou field goal and powered by a 96-yard touchdown strike from Steven Montez to KD Nixon. This video is a condensed version of the Buffs’ best win of the 2019 season.