The Deion Sanders hype train continues as Colorado defeats bitter rival Nebraska in the home opener to remain undefeated in front of a crowd of 50,000.
- After a slow start, Colorado’s offense allowed them to take a 13-0 halftime lead in Boulder.
- Deion Sanders’ son Shedeur impressed again as Buffaloes lost 36-14
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Deion Sanders and the Colorado Buffaloes went on and broke their season record after a thrilling win over bitter rivals Nebraska on Saturday at noon.
There’s a ton of hype surrounding Coach Prime’s revolution in the Rockies, and it showed no signs of slowing down in front of a sold-out crowd at Folsom Field.
After trailing 13-0 at halftime, the Buffs finished with a 36-14 victory, and elated fans stormed the field to celebrate the victory, which made the team 2-0 for the season.
This time last year, Colorado players competed in front of a handful of fans, but it was the hottest ticket in town on Saturday, with prices well above those of Texas-Alabama.
For the second straight game, Coach Sanders’ son Shedeur impressed under center, passing for 393 yards and two touchdowns, and rushing for another.
Shedeur Sanders (left) celebrates with center Van Wells after scoring a touchdown
Coach Prime walks the sidelines during his second game – and second win – at Colorado
It was a stadium filled with 50,000 people – and they stormed the pitch after the team went 2-0.
The Buffaloes were a dismal 1-11 last season before Deion Sanders was hired as coach and embarked on a roster overhaul that brought in 84 new players.
Colorado (2-0) stunned then-No. 17 TCU in its season opener last week, then beat its old Big 12 rival for the third straight time.
Tar’Varish Dawson scored two touchdowns (one receiving, one rushing) and Jace Feely scored three field goals for the Buffaloes. Xavier Weaver caught 10 passes for 170 yards and a touchdown for Colorado.
Jeff Sims rushed for a touchdown and completed 9 of 15 passes for 106 yards for Nebraska (0-2). But he also was intercepted once and lost three fumbles, negatively impacting the offense for the second straight game.
Sims threw three interceptions in the Cornhuskers’ 13-10 loss to Minnesota on August 31.
Gabe Ervin Jr. rushed for 74 yards on 17 carries for Nebraska.
Sanders passes during first quarter of game against Buffs’ bitter rivals Nebraska
Last year, Colorado played in front of a handful of fans – but this year, it’s a lot different
Gerad Christian-Lichtenhan of the Colorado Buffaloes salutes as spectators rush onto the field
Cam’Ron Silmon-Craig had an interception for Colorado and teammates Arden Walker, Jordan Domineck and Buster Thomas recovered fumbles.
Shedeur Sanders completed 31 of 42 passes while enjoying his second straight big game. He set the Colorado school record with 510 passing yards in his debut.
The Buffaloes outscored Nebraska 468-341.
The game was scoreless until Sims missed a shotgun blast and Domineck recovered to set up Colorado at the Cornhuskers 19-yard line. Feely cashed it in with a 31-yard field goal with 4:20 left in the half.
On Nebraska’s next possession, Silmon-Craig intercepted Sims’ pass to give the Buffaloes the ball at the Cornhuskers’ 30. On the next play, Sanders threw a 30-yard scoring pass to Dawson to make it 10-0 with 2:35 left. .
Feely tacked on a 32-yard field goal as time expired to give the Buffaloes a 13-0 halftime lead.
Wide receiver Xavier Weaver celebrates a first down in the fourth quarter of the game
Colorado is poised to move even higher in the AP rankings after going undefeated all season.
Sims broke loose for a 57-yard touchdown with 9:50 left in the third quarter for Nebraska. But Colorado responded with a 10-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a 12-yard scoring pass from Sanders to Weaver with 6:49 left in the third quarter.
Feely kicked a 30-yard field goal to make it 23-7 with 1:20 left in the period.
On the first play of the fourth quarter, Sims lost the ball on a handoff and Thomas recovered. The Buffaloes drove 65 yards in nine plays, with Dawson taking an 8-yard reverse for a touchdown to make the score 29-7. A two-point conversion failed.
Shedeur Sanders scored on a 6-yard run with 4:54 left before Nebraska completed the scoring on Heinrich Haarberg’s 4-yard pass to Thomas Fidone III on the final play of the game.