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McCartney 'remorseful' about fifth-down play
Former Colorado coach regrets 1990 Missouri game
Posted: Saturday June 20, 1998 10:18 AM
COLUMBIA, Missouri (AP) -- Former Colorado football coach Bill McCartney said Friday he regrets what happened in the infamous "fifth-down" football game between Missouri and Colorado in 1990.
McCartney was in Columbia for a meeting of the Promise Keepers, a Christian men's group he founded in 1990.
McCartney said he's "truly remorseful," and regrets what happened in the confused, final seconds of the game, which allowed the Buffaloes to go on to the only national championship in school history.
Officials had failed to notify the chain crew to flip the down marker from second to third down, thus giving Colorado an extra down.
The Buffaloes used the down to score a touchdown, for a 33-31 victory over the Tigers, in what would have been a major upset win for Missouri. Colorado went on to win a share of the national title that season, winning the Associated Press poll with an 10-1-1 record, while Georgia Tech won the coaches' poll with a 10-0-1 mark.
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