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1979 Colorado Buffaloes football team

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1979 Colorado Buffaloes football team

1979 Colorado Buffaloes football
Conference Big Eight Conference
1979 record 3–8 (2–5 Big 8)
Head coach Chuck Fairbanks (1st year)
Offensive coordinator Doug Dickey (1st year)
Offensive scheme Multiple
Defensive coordinator Doug Knotts (1st year)
Base defense 3-4
Captain Stan Brock
Mark Haynes
Brian McCabe
Laval Short
Bill Solomon
Home stadium Folsom Field
1979 Big 8 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3 Oklahoma $ 7 0 0     11 1 0
#9 Nebraska 6 1 0     10 2 0
Oklahoma State 5 2 0     7 4 0
Missouri 3 4 0     7 5 0
Colorado 2 5 0     3 8 0
Iowa State 2 5 0     3 8 0
Kansas 2 5 0     3 8 0
Kansas State 1 6 0     3 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1979 Colorado Buffaloes football team represented the University of Colorado during the 1979 college football season.


Date Opponent# Site TV Result Attendance
September 8 Oregon* Folsom FieldBoulder, CO ESPN L 19–33   44,274
September 15 LSU* Folsom Field • Boulder, CO L 0–44   46,642
September 22 Drake* Folsom Field • Boulder, CO L 9–13   40,126
September 29 at Indiana* Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN W 17–16   36,100
October 6 at #3 Oklahoma Oklahoma Memorial StadiumNorman, OK L 24–49   71,187
October 20 Missouridagger Folsom Field • Boulder, CO L 7–13   51,123
October 27 at #2 Nebraska Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE L 10–38   76,158
November 3 at Iowa State Cyclone StadiumAmes, IA L 10–24   47,100
November 10 Oklahoma State Folsom Field • Boulder, CO L 20–21   41,148
November 17 at Kansas Memorial StadiumLawrence, KS W 31–17   31,125
November 24 Kansas State Folsom Field • Boulder, CO W 21–6   41,643
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Note: The game against Oregon was the first college football game ever televised by ESPN.




  • Offense: QB Bill Solomon, HB Lance Olander/Charles Davis, FB Willie Beebe, SE Donnie Holmes, WB Kazell Pugh, TE Bob Niziolek/Greg Willett/Doug Krahenbuhl, LT Stan Brock, LG Paul Butero, C Roger Gunter/Bob Sebro, RG Art Dale Johnson/Guy Thurston, RT Karry Kelley
  • Defense: LE George Visger, NT Laval Short, RE Kevin Sazama, OLB Steve Doolittle, ILB Bill Roe, ILB Charles Scott, OLB Brian McCabe/Bob Humble, LCB Mark Haynes, SS Mike E. Davis, FS Tim Roberts, RCB Jesse Johnson/Tim Stampley
  • Specialists: K Tom Field, P Lance Olander



  1. ^ 2011 Colorado football information guide.
  2. ^ 2011 Colorado football information guide.
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