No 7 Colorado 38, Oregon 6

Jan. 1, 1996
Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 58,214

Oregon’s inability to capitalize on some early scoring opportunities proved costly and the seventh-ranked Buffaloes were able to break the game open with a few big plays of their own in the third quarter as the Ducks again returned home empty from their second straight New Year’s Day bowl appearance.

At times it appeared the Ducks almost had as much trouble navigating the unfavorable weather conditions as it did the Colorado defense, which held Oregon to 139 yards under its total offensive average, but that couldn’t account for the five turnovers which directly led to a trio of Colorado touchdowns. No one miscue had a bigger effect on the game’s outcome as a 95-yard interception return for a second-quarter score after junior quarterback Tony Graziani had driven the Ducks to the nine-yard line.

Pacific-10 Conference all-purpose running leader Ricky Whittle returned the opening kickoff 63 yards to the Colorado 26-yard line but the Ducks were unable to advance beyond the eight-yard line and were forced to settle for a Joshua Smith field goal. Moments later, linebacker Rich Ruhl picked off a John Hessler pass to present Oregon with another golden opportunity but another stalled drive resulted in the Ducks’ 33-yard three-pointer.

Little was it known that 12th-ranked Oregon would be able to penetrate the 20-yard line only once more prior to the closing seconds of the contest. The Ducks’ defense proved to be up to the task against the nation’s sixth-best offense, providing the offense with field position inside the midfield stripe two more times after taking a 6-0 lead and kept Oregon within striking distance at halftime. But a 19-point explosion in the third quarter in less than eight minutes proved to be too much to overcome.

Oregon’s defenders were victimized by a 62-yard pass play and another 55-yard run to set up a pair of scores and account for almost half of Colorado’s 313 offensive yards. Sophomore Kenny Wheaton added his fifth interception of the year and cornerback Ronnie Gipson recovered one fumble for a unit paced by Troy Bailey’s and Brian Collins’ seven tackles.

 

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Coach

Oregon

6

0

0

0

6

Mike Bellotti

Colorado

0

13

19

6

38

Rick Neuheisel

SCORING
UO.......Joshua Smith 25 FG, 12:53, 1st
UO.......Smith 33 FG, 8:33, 1st
CU.......John Hessler 1 run (Neil Voskeritchian kick), 14:56, 2nd
CU.......Marcus Washington 95 interception return, (kick failed), 6:31, 2nd
CU.......Matt Lepsis 2 pass from Hessler (Voskeritchian kick), 13:37, 3rd
CU.......Herchell Troutman 6 run (run failed), 8:40, 3rd
CU.......Phil Savoy 12 pass from Hessler (kick blocked), 5:42, 3rd
CU.......Ayyub Abdul-Rahmaan 5 run (kick blocked), 1:11, 4th

Individual Leaders

Rushing
Troutman (CU) 13-100.
Whittle (UO) 12-50, Parker (UO) 3-43.

Passing
Hessler (CU) 11-26-2-115
Graziani (UO) 19-37-2-113.

Receiving
Whittle (UO) 4-18, McLemore (UO) 3-26, Hodge (UO) 2-33.
Savoy (CU) 3-29, Kidd (CU) 2-73.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team Statistics

Oregon

Colorado

First Downs

16

16

Rushes / Yards

29-105

41-170

Passes

21-44-2

12-27-2

Passing Yards

162

143

Total Offense

267

313

Punting

5-38.4

4-28.5

Fumbles / Lost

4-3

2-1

Penalties

8-67

6-41