Liberty Bowl

1969

 

Colorado 47

Alabama 33 

Colorado Fight Song

 

MEMPHIS, Tenn (UPI) - All -American Bob Anderson rushed for three  touchdowns and 254 yards Saturday to lead the University of Colorado to a come-from-behind 47-33 victory over the University of Alabama in the 11th annual Liberty Bowl.

 

Anderson carried the ball 35 times, breaking the former record held by the late Ernie Davis of Syracuse in the scoring circus.

 

Trailing 33-31 going into the final period, Anderson, who earlier had run four yards for a touchdown, turned in scoring jaunts of two and three yards to carry the Buffaloes to victory.

 

Alabama's Bear Bryant had told his team "honor and pride" were awaiting them if they could win the post-season game since they had posted the worst regular season record (6-4) in more than a decade.

 

Colorado jumped off to a 17-0 lead and went to the dressing room at halftime leading 31-19. But Alabama came storming back in the third period on the passing of substitute quarterback Neb Heyden to grab a two-point lead.

 

Starting quarterback Scott Hunter injured his knee just before halftime on an unsuccessful two-point conversion effort.

 

Anderson was aided in the Colorado scoring column by Ward Walsh who had touchdowns on runs of 12 and 15 yards and Dave Hainey, who scored on a 50 yard field goal and six straight extra points.

 

Additionally, senior tailback Steve Engel brought the record 59,042 fans to their feet with 46 seconds left in the first half when he returned an Alabama kickoff 91 yards. The Buffaloes got their other two points late in the final period when Hayden was trapped in his own end zone while trying to pass.

 

The Crimson Tide scored on a 31-yard run by Hunter, a 7-yard run by George Ranager and a 3-yard plunge by Johnny Musso in the second period. But two two-point tries failed.

 

Then, in the third period, Heyden threw touchdown passes 55 and 10 yards to Griff Langston and Musso, respectively, and Oran Buck added a couple of conversion kicks to wrap up the Tide scoring.

 

Colorado, aided by Anderson' s record performance, gained 473 yards on the ground and added 90 through the air while Alabama had 155 rushing and 212 yards passing.

 

Colorado completely blunted Alabama's last ditch effort in the closing minutes. The Tide, trailing by seven points, lost 28 yards in four plays as the Buffalo defenders threw Heyden on three of four pass attempts.

 

Anderson (11), celebrating here, was MVP.

 

Ward Walsh scores first touchdown, in spite of Alabama’s Bill Blair.

 

Johnny Musso scores in the second period.

 

Interference was called on Colorado on this play. Alabama first down at 35.

 

Bob Anderson

 

Attendance- 50,042

 

Scoring Summary

 

First Quarter

CU- Walsh 12 run (Haney kick)

CU- FG Haney 30

 

Second Quarter

CU- Anderson 4 run (Haney kick)

UA- Hunter 31 run (Buck kick)

UA- Ranager 7 run (pass failed)

CU- Walsh 15 run (Haney kick)

UA- Musso 3 run (run failed)

CU- Engel 91 yard kickoff return (Haney kick)

 

Third Quarter

UA- Langston 55 yard pass from Heyden (Buck kick)

UA- Musso 10 yard pass from Heyden (Buck kick)

 

Fourth Quarter

CU- Anderson 2 run (Haney kick)

CU- Safety, Hevden tackled in end zone

CU- Anderson 3 run (Haney kick)

 

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