BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — In a game filled with twists and turns, Deion Sanders’ Colorado Buffaloes pulled off a stunning comeback against Colorado State, winning 43-35 in double overtime. Sanders’ sons, Shedeur and Shilo, played key roles in this dramatic victory, thrilling a packed stadium that included celebrity guests like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and rapper Lil Wayne.
Shedeur Sanders, the Buffaloes’ quarterback, led a heroic 98-yard drive in the closing minutes of regulation, capping it off with a 45-yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Horn Jr. With just 36 seconds left, they tied the game, and a successful 2-point conversion to Michael Harrison sent the contest into overtime.
In the second overtime period, Shedeur Sanders connected with Michael Harrison once again, this time for an 18-yard touchdown pass. Xavier Weaver secured the 2-point conversion. The Colorado defense then sealed the victory as Trevor Woods intercepted a pass by Colorado State’s Brayden Fowler-Nicolosi on fourth-and-23.
This electrifying comeback marked the Buffaloes’ most significant fourth-quarter rally since 2005. Buffaloes head coach Deion Sanders praised his team’s resilience, saying, “We showed that we have no surrender or give-up in us.”
Colorado State led for a significant portion of the game despite being 23.5-point underdogs. Their downfall was their 17 penalties for 182 yards, including a crucial flag that nullified a touchdown in the second overtime.
Before the game, Sanders and Colorado State’s head coach Jay Norvell put aside their pre-game squabble, exchanging handshakes amid the passionate crowd. Norvell had playfully criticized Sanders for his signature sunglasses and hat during interviews.
Shedeur Sanders, who finished the game with 348 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception, led the Buffaloes to their sixth consecutive victory over Colorado State. However, they faced adversity as receiver/cornerback Travis Hunter was ruled out in the third quarter due to an undisclosed injury.
In a game filled with intense moments, emotions ran high. A scuffle between the two teams occurred before kickoff, adding to the rivalry’s intensity.
Deion Sanders has revitalized the Buffaloes, turning them into a noteworthy team after a challenging 1-11 season last year. The game received significant attention, with ESPN’s “College GameDay” and Fox’s “Big Noon Kickoff” both broadcasting from campus. Celebrities like “The Rock” and Lil Wayne added to the excitement.
In the aftermath, it remains uncertain how voters will assess this thrilling contest in terms of poll rankings. The Buffaloes were heavily favored, but the comeback was undeniably epic.
Up next, Colorado State will face Middle Tennessee, while Colorado will take on No. 13 Oregon, promising more action and excitement in the weeks ahead.