1995 Fiesta Bowl

Colorado 41, Notre Dame 24

1995 fiesta bowl
January 2, 1995

Attendance: 73,968

Offensive Player of the Game: Kordell Stewart, Colorado

Defensive Player of the Game: Shannon Clavelle, Colorado

Sportsmanship Award: Oliver Gibson, Notre Dame

Head Coaches: Bill McCartney, Colorado - Lou Holtz, Notre Dame

Weather: Sunny

Television: NBC

Payout Per Team: $3,000,000

Colorado entered the 1995 Fiesta Bowl with a lot on its side. It had the Heisman Trophy winner, its head coach was coaching his last game and it still had an outside chance at a national championship with a No. 4 national ranking.

Notre Dame, on the other hand, entered the 24th Annual Fiesta Bowl looking for one thing – respect.

The Fighting Irish battled through a season marred with injuries and lost games it normally wins. So they were looking to show the world they deserved to play one of the elite teams in the nation.

But on the sunny day in Tempe it was the emotion and the quick feet of Kordell Stewart and Rashaan Salaam of Colorado that outdid the pride factor, as the Buffaloes clicked on all cylinders en route to a 41-24 victory.

Colorado head coach Bill McCartney, who said the Fiesta Bowl would be his last game as a head coach, was carried off the field, as his players showed their appreciation for 13 years of service to the Colorado program.

During the game, Colorado showed the dominance it had displayed all season. Stewart racked up 348 yards of total offense, 143 coming on the ground, and two touchdowns, while Salaam, the Heisman Trophy winner, ran for 83 yards and three touchdowns.

On defense, the Buffaloes posted a Fiesta Bowl record seven sacks, led by Shannon Clavelle, who had three.

Quarter Scores

Scoring
1
2
3
4
F
Colorado
10
21
3
7
41
Notre Dame
3
7
7
7
24

Yardstick

COL
ND
18
First Downs
22
39-246
Rushes-Yards
45-149
226
Passing Yards
259
12-21-0
Passes
18-35-1
19
Return Yards
0
4-36.0
Punts
5-33.0
0-0
Fumbles-Lost
2-0
4-35
Penalties-Yards
3-25

How They Scored

COL
ND
3
0
Neil Voskeritchian 33 yard field goal
10
0
Christian Fauria 1 yard pass from Kordell Stewart (Voskeritchian kick)
10
3
Scott Cengia 29 yard field goal
17
3
Stewart 9 yard run (Voskeritchian kick)
24
3
Rashaan Salaam 1 yard run (Voskeritchian kick)
31
3
Salaam 1 yard run (Voskeritchian kick)
31
10
Derrick Mayes 7 yard pass from Ron Powlus (Cengia kick)
31
17
Mayes 40 yard pass from Powlus (Cengia kick)
34
17
Voskeritchian 48 yard field goal
41
17
Salaam 5 yard run (Voskeritchian kick)
41
24
Leon Wallace 7 yard pass from Powlus (Stefan Schroffner kick)

Individual Statistics

Rushing
COL
Rashaan Salaam 27-83, Kordell Stewart 7-143, Herchell Troutman 2-20, Koy Detmer 2-2, Lendon Henry 1-(-2).
ND
Lee Becton 17-81, Marc Edwards 2-4, Ron Powlus 15-12, Ray Zellars 5-21, Emmett Mosley 3-21, Robert Farmer 2-1, Scott Sollmann 1-9.
Passing
COL
Kordell Stewart 11-20-0-205, Koy Detmer 1-1-0-21.
ND
Ron Powlus 18-34-1-259, Charles Stafford 0-1-0-0.
Receiving
COL
Rae Carruth 1-6, Michael Westbrook 4-70, Phil Savoy 2-58, Christian Fauria 2-3, Rashaan Salaam 1-6, James Kidd 2-83.
ND
Lee Becton 3-60, Emmett Mosley 3-34, Oscar McBride 2-21, Robert Farmer 1-(-3), Derrick Mayes 4-93, Charles Stafford 2-22, Ray Zellars 2-25, Leon Wallace 1-7.