Colorado falls to Oklahoma State. Essay: The Haves and the Have Nots

Stuart WhitehairAnalyst INovember 16, 2008

Greetings, Buff fans, from

Another Sunday, another tough day to be a CU loyalist. Yet, here you are. I’m guessing your presence is due to the fact that you know, as I do, that there is something positive to be taken from every game.

Some games, though, you have to look a bit harder...
The Buffs did hold the Cowboys 13 points under their scoring average, and kicker Aric Goodman finally ended his streak of missed field goals.

The defense held Oklahoma State to field goals three times after the Cowboys had penetrated inside the Buff 10-yard line.
That's pretty much it for good news ...
Colorado, however, at 5-6, still has a guaranteed bowl bid awaiting if the Buffs can defeat the Cornhuskers in Lincoln. We’ll take a look at the Buffs’ chances in this week’s essay, "The Have’s and the Have Nots".

Since you a a good enough Buff fan to have opened this thread, I will reward you with not one, but two "Going Down in History" updates:


Going down in History: Dave Logan
With his 20 receiving yards against Oklahoma State, senior wide receiver Patrick Williams moved into 18th place on the all-time receiving list, with 1,067 total yards.

In so doing, Patrick Williams passed Dave Hestera (1,057 yards), Christian Fauria (1,058), and is likely against Nebraska to pass Dave Logan (1,078) for 17th place.
Dave Logan, even though his playing years at Colorado were from 1972-75, is a name familiar to most Buff fans. The longtime play-by-play announcer for the Denver Broncos and successful Denver high school football coach, Logan was first an All-American Buff.

At CU, Logan caught 68 passes for 1,078 yards, numbers which at the time were the second highest totals ever at the school. Logan was a first-team All-American as a senior in 1975, also finding the time to letter in basketball for the Buffs.
Logan belongs to a club which boasts only two members. He and baseball Hall-of-Famer Dave Winfield are the only two athletes drafted in three sports, as Logan was drafted by the Cleveland Browns, the Kansas City Kings, and the Cincinnati Reds. Logan opted to continue his football career, playing nine seasons for Cleveland and Denver.

In addition to his accolades as the Broncos’ play-by-play announcer, Logan has the designation as being the only Colorado high school football coach to win state championships at three different schools (Arvada West, Chatfield, and Mullen).
Thanks, Dave, for being a great CU player and alumnus!

Going down in History: Victor Scott
Going into the Oklahoma State game, senior linebacker Brad Jones and senior safety Ryan Walters were neck-and-neck as they climbed up the career tackle charts.

Jones, with 224 tackles, stood at 43rd on the all-time list; Walters, with 222, stood at 45th. In between them, ranked 44th on the all-time list with 223 tackles, was Victor Scott. [Jones had seven tackles against Oklahoma State to move into a tie for 38th place (with Rodney Rodgers and Whitney Paul).

Walters, before he was injured, had only one tackle. Walters finished the OSU game with 223 total tackles, tied with Victor Scott for 44th all-time.
Victor Scott is one of the few players in Colorado history who can boast of being a four-year starter. Playing in 43 games at cornerback between 1980-83, Scott was a stalwart on some pretty awful CU teams.

In 1982, Scott was the Buffs’ lone first-team All-Big Eight performer; in 1983, Scott and tight end Dave Hestera were the only Buffs so honored.

Against Oklahoma State in 1982, Scott set a record which is likely never to be broken. In a game which ended in a 25-25 tie, Scott returned two interceptions for touchdowns (the only other Buff to return two picks for scores in a season is Donald Strickland, who turned the trick in 2001).
Scott went on to be a second-round pick by the Dallas Cowboys in 1983 (40th pick overall). In five seasons with the Cowboys, Scott had five interceptions, including one which, naturally, he returned for a touchdown.
For being a bright light in a dark time in CU football history, thank you, Victor Scott!

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Go Buffs!