02 September, 2023
At Colorado, the Deion Sanders era began with a significant upset.
On Saturday in Fort Worth, the Buffaloes held on for a 45-42 victory over No. 17 TCU thanks to a last-second fourth-down stop with 55 seconds remaining. The Pro Football Hall of Famer’s son, Shedeur Sanders, established the record for passing yards in a single game for Colorado, while two-way star Travis Hunter recorded 11 catches as a wide receiver and an interception as a defensive back.
“I’m so thankful right now … man I’m loving these kids,” Deion Sanders told Fox after the game. “Great joy for me to have this opportunity.”
Shedeur completed 38 of 47 passes for 510 yards and four touchdowns to become the only athlete in Colorado history to throw for more than 500 yards. Although many of those yards came after the catch, his accuracy with the ball in his first game with the Buffaloes cannot be understated.
Hunter’s debut game with Colorado saw him take more than 100 snaps. Jimmy Horn Jr. had 11 catches for 117 yards, but he led the team with 11 catches for 119 yards despite starting at both receiver and defensive back.
Hunter also made a significant interception. He made a diving catch after making a fantastic read on Chandler Morris’ throw from TCU in the end zone. After Hunter’s pick, Colorado ran three-and-out and immediately handed the ball back to TCU, but it was Morris’ second interception on the goal line.
When Deion Sanders was hired by Colorado from Jackson State, he brought Shedeur and Hunter Sanders with him. Dylan Edwards, a four-star running back, became one of the first athletes to commit to Colorado when Sanders was hired by the school. Additionally, he had a huge game. In addition to rushing six times for 24 yards and a touchdown, Edwards had five catches for 135 yards and three touchdowns.
Prior to committing to Colorado in December, Edwards had already declared his commitment to Notre Dame. Edwards, a native of Kansas, was ranked No. 1 in the state and No. 3 overall in the class of 2023 by Rivals.
It ended up being Edwards’ fourth touchdown that won the game. With 4:25 left, he took a ball from Sanders in the flat and raced down the sideline for a 46-yard touchdown. With each side scoring 14 points in the third and fourth quarters, that touchdown was the eighth of the second half.
There was no questioning Colorado’s offseason acquisition of talent. Sanders was hired to revitalize a stagnant program, and he succeeded in doing so as hundreds of fresh players entered the program through the transfer portal and others were let go.
But going into the season, depth was a big worry, and it still might be. In their game against the Horned Frogs, Colorado’s star players prevailed, but it might be unreasonable to expect Hunter, the top recruit in the 2022 class, to play more than 100 offensive and defensive snaps per game. However, there is a concern for later in the season. This Colorado club faced a group that advanced to the national championship game the previous year as a three touchdown underdog on Saturday.
Sean Lewis, a former Kent State coach, introduced Colorado with an uptempo approach that immediately took the Horned Frogs off guard. Morris’ two interceptions were quite expensive, even if the offensive line massively opened up lanes for the running game against Colorado’s tiny defensive front. Griffin Kell’s missed field goal was also an error.
In the end zone with Colorado up 7-0 in the opening frame, Morris made his first interception. He attempted to throw a touchdown ball over the middle but failed to notice safety Trevor Woods hiding in the shadows.
Morris, who last season filled in for Max Duggan, completed 24-of-42 passes for 279 yards, two passing touchdowns, and two interceptions. In the second half, he also scored on the ground.
TCU averaged almost seven yards per carry, while Emani Bailey gained 165 yards on 14 carries, including a spectacular 74-yard run. However, Colorado’s passing attack regularly gashed the defense, and the Horned Frogs committed 10 penalties.
guys like Duggan, RB Kendre Miller, WR Quentin Johnston, LB Dee Winters, and DE Dylan Horton were among the guys TCU needed to replace heading into the season. The Horned Frogs started the season outside of the top 15 because of this. Furthermore, it is evident from the first game that TCU’s defense still has a lot of space to grow while the offense lacks a clear go-to receiver.
As you probably know, the TCU Horned Frogs were heavily favored. The line was issued at TCU -21 and came down just a little before the game actually kicked off to TCU -20. The moneyline had TCU as staggering -1200 favorites which means that Colorado were +740. Basically if you put a hundred bucks on the Buffs to win straight up then the sportsbook gave you $740 in return. Not a bad payout. Sportsbooks were all over the place with this line however. The biggest Colorado payout was at Draftkings, which had -1900/+900