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Colorado defensive end Nick Ziegler
September 21, 1998
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September 21, 1998

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Asked in a Colorado athletic department questionnaire to name the dead person he would most like to meet, the 6'5", 245-pound Ziegler responded, " Keith Richards." Ziegler, from Huntington Beach, Calif., needed more than his dry wit when the Buffaloes were called on to make a goal line stand to preserve a 29-21 lead against Fresno State. Ziegler picks up the story with 1:14 left and the ball on the Colorado two.

On first down they pulled their weakside guard to take me out, but I bounced outside of him and tackled their tailback, Jaime Kimbrough, for a three-yard loss. On second down they came my way again, this time on an option pitch. I'm not sure if I did the right thing on that play. If we're in one defensive package, I'm supposed to take the quarterback out, which I did. If it's another set, where there's no defender outside of me, then I'm the pitch support, and my job is to string the play out. Their quarterback, Billy Volek, pitched the ball, and they gained four yards. I hate to admit it, but I'll have to wait until we see the film to see what package we were in and know if I did the right thing.

On third down we had 12 men on the field, so we were penalized half the distance to the goal. Then they lined up in a two-receiver set, and we were in our goal line package, so we called a timeout. When we returned, we had only 10 men on the field, so we called a second timeout.

At the snap their linemen blocked inward, so I figured quarterback sneak. I charged in, saw a fumble and fell on it. I thought of getting up and running for a touchdown, but I'm so slow we probably would have been penalized for delay of game.

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