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1998 Aloha Bowl
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Release Date: 12/01/2003
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Colorado 51, Oregon 43

Dec. 25, 1998
Honolulu, Hawaii
Attendance: 38,803

Oregon’s 22-point fourth-quarter rally was not enough to overcome a season-high six turnovers and opponent’s big plays as it dropped its second post-season bid to the Buffaloes in four years.

Colorado returned the opening kickoff 93 yards for a score to pace a 17-point first-quarter outburst in a game that established a Pac-10 post-season record for most total points by two teams.

Trailing 44-14 midway through the third quarter, the Ducks converted four of their next five drives into touchdowns before a fourth-down pass from Akili Smith to Bobby Nero fell incomplete with only 2:19 remaining in the game. Smith capped a brilliant senior season by throwing for the fourth-highest single-game total in school history, earning the game’s co-MVP honors.

Tailback Derien Latimer, making only his fourth starting bid of the year, tied an Aloha Bowl record by running for three scores as Oregon accumulated 308 yards total offense in the second half against a squad which ended the year ranked 13th in the country in total defense (296.0 avg.).

Smith struggled to complete only eight of 21 passes in the first half before returning to form to pinpoint 16 of 25 aerials for 290 yards in the final 30 minutes. Wide receivers Damon Griffin and Donald Haynes became the school’s first tandem in two years to each accumulate better than 100 yards receiving.

The Ducks’ defense played deceivingly well, led by senior linebacker Chris Vandiver’s 15 tackles. Colorado was limited to 130 yards of offense in the second half.

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Coach

Colorado

17

20

7

7

51

Rick Neuheisel

Oregon

0

14

7

22

43

Mike Bellotti

SCORING
CU.......Brian Kelly 93 kickoff return (Jeremy Aldrich kick), 14:43, 1st
CU.......Aldrich 48 FG, 6:36, 1st
CU.......Javon Green 5 pass from Mike Moschetti (Aldrich kick), 2:10, 1st
UO.......Derien Latimer 11 run (Nathan Villegas kick), 13:23, 2nd
CU.......Marcus Stiggers 58 pass from Moschetti (Aldrich kick), 12:19, 2nd
CU.......Aldrich 41 FG, 10:00, 2nd
UO.......Latimer 4 run (Villegas kick), 7:11, 2nd
CU.......Darrin Chiaverini 72 pass (Aldrich kick), 6:53, 2nd
CU.......Aldrich 23 FG, 00:02, 2nd
CU.......Damon Wheeler 52 fumble return (Aldrick kick), 10:39, 3rd
UO.......Jed Weaver 9 pass from Akili Smith (Villegas kick), 7:31, 3rd
UO.......Latimer 1 run (Villegas kick), 13:34, 4th
CU.......Daniel Graham 20 pass from Moschetti (Aldrich kick), 10:45, 4th
UO.......Smith 1 run (Villegas kick), 7:13, 4th
UO.......Donald Haynes 42 pass from Smith (Bobby Nero pass), 5:55, 4th


Individual Leaders

Rushing
Cherrington (CU) 10-92
Latimer (UO) 19-74.

Passing
Smith (UO) 46-24-1-456
Moschetti (CU) 23-11-0-213.

Receiving
Griffin (UO) 8-146, Haynes (UO) 7-148, Nero (UO) 3-63, Weaver (UO) 3-45.
Chiaverini (CU) 3-96, Stiggers (CU) 3-81.

Team Statistics

Colorado

Oregon

First Downs

13

27

Rushes / Yards

35 / 176

35 / 79

Passes

12-24-0

24-46-1

Passing Yards

221

456

Total Offense

397

535

Punting

6-51.5

4-48.3

Fumbles / Lost

3-1

5-5

Penalties

8-75

4-30

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