BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Shedeur Sanders scored three points, Colorado’s defense forced four turnovers and the 22nd-ranked Buffaloes beat longtime rival Nebraska 36-14 on Saturday in Deion Sanders’ home debut at sold-out Folsom Field.
After Coach Prime’s team was the story of Week 1 with an upset against TCU, the Buffs showed it was no fluke.
Shedeur Sanders threw for 393 yards and two scores while running for another touchdown. He capped his 6-yard game with the dance moves his father made famous during his playing days.
The Buffaloes (2-0) needed a moment to wake up given the early kickoff. But once they did, there was no stopping them. After punting on their first four drives, Sanders and the offense scored on seven of eight possessions, turning the game into a rout. The Buffaloes outscored the Huskers (0-2) by a margin of 454-341.
The fans ran onto the field celebrate with a second left over. After a brief delay, the officer announced it was over and more flocked in.
The competition featured two coaches trying to turn around programs that had fallen into a losing streak. Deion Sanders got Colorado to the point where the Buffaloes had 53,241 fans — the largest crowd in 15 years — and tickets for about $400. His counterpart Matt Rhule is still hoping for his first victory in Nebraska.
Xavier Weaver threw ten passes for 170 yards and a score, while Jace Feely hit three field goals.
Shedeur Sanders kept his cool despite being under constant pressure and being sacked seven times. He spread out the production, just like he did in a 45-42 win at TCU last weekend.
Tar’Varish Dawson had a great afternoon with a 30-yard touchdown catch and an 8-yard score on a reverse.
The defense held the Cornhuskers at bay until Colorado’s offense got going.
Nebraska quarterback Jeff Sims fumbled two snaps, lost another due to a botched handoff and had a pass intercepted. He was ejected from the game in the fourth quarter when his left leg appeared to have fallen over while attempting a throw.
Travis Hunter, the versatile cornerback and receiver, rarely left the field. He finished the game with three catches for 73 yards and also made four tackles. Hunter played 129 snaps at TCU.
Fans showed up early to get good seats as Folsom Field began its 100th season in electrifying fashion. The crew from Fox’s “Big Noon Kickoff” was also on hand to welcome Colorado royalty Kordell Stewart and Michael Westbrook to the set. Hall of Fame receivers Michael Irvin and Terrell Owens were also at the game.
The spot everyone wanted on Colorado’s sidelines? Of course, the newly revealed “revenue throne”. Jordan Domineck, Arden Walker and Bishop Thomas recovered fumbles, while Cam’Ron Silmon-Craig had an interception.
Nebraska: Nebraska has canceled its last five non-conference road games.
Colorado: The Buffaloes have their first three-game winning streak against the Huskers since the 1950s.
Colorado should be on the rise again.
Nebraska: Hosts Northern Illinois on Saturday.
Colorado: Host another rival, Colorado State, on Saturday night.