1981 Buffaloes
(Authentic Reproduction)





Perhaps in an effort to renew spirit and enthusiasm, Fairbanks made wholesale uniform changes, introducing a Columbia blue theme. The helmets certainly had a new and unique look to long-time fans, a gold shell adorned with a gold interlocking "CU" logo inside a Columbia blue buffalo logo on each side of the helmet. A Columbia blue facemask set off the new color scheme that included new, distinctive jerseys. Unfortunately, there was scant improvement in Fairbanks third season, a 3-8 slate that included wins over the weak sisters of the schedule. Frosh HB Lee Rouson rushed for 656 yards after taking over for Derek Singleton who was stricken with meningitis after the Iowa State game. When the disease proved to be fatal, the team was traumatized by his death. Wingback Walter Stanley had a disappointing season as did QB Randy Essington. The defense was better but moribund, getting tagged for fifty-nine points by Nebraska and another forty-nine by the Sooners.

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