The start of Deion Sanders’ time in Colorado is marked by a surprising 45-42 victory over the 17th ranked TCU.

Deion Sanders Era Begins with Colorado Upset Win Over TCU

Fort Worth, Texas – The Deion Sanders era at the University of Colorado got off to an impressive start as the Buffaloes pulled off a major upset against the No. 17-ranked TCU Horned Frogs. Despite being 20.5-point underdogs, Colorado stunned TCU with a thrilling 45-42 victory. Quarterback Shedeur Sanders, the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders, had a record-setting game, throwing for over 500 yards and setting a new Colorado single-game passing record. Two-way star Travis Hunter had an outstanding performance as well, recording 11 catches as a wide receiver and an interception as a defensive back.

Deion Sanders expressed his gratitude and joy after the game, stating, “I’m so thankful right now…man, I’m loving these kids. Great joy for me to have this opportunity.” The Sanders duo, along with other talented players brought in by Deion Sanders, have injected new life into the Colorado program.

Shedeur Sanders’ record-breaking performance included completing 38 of 47 passing attempts for 510 yards and four touchdowns. While many of his passing yards came after the catch, it does not diminish his impressive accuracy and ability to thread the needle.

Travis Hunter, playing in his first game as a member of the Colorado team, showcased his versatility as he started as both a wide receiver and a defensive back. He led the team with 11 catches for 119 yards and also made a pivotal interception in the red zone. Hunter’s interception demonstrated his outstanding reading of the play and his diving catch sealed the victory for Colorado. His contribution on both sides of the ball was instrumental in the team’s success.

Another standout player for Colorado was four-star running back Dylan Edwards, who had a memorable game. Edwards had initially committed to Notre Dame but ultimately signed with Colorado in December. Against TCU, he had five catches for 135 yards and three touchdowns, in addition to rushing for 24 yards and a touchdown. Edwards’ fourth touchdown, a 46-yard reception on fourth down, proved to be the game-winner for Colorado.

The Buffaloes exhibited their improved talent level, which was a result of Deion Sanders’ impressive recruiting efforts. Sanders managed to attract numerous players from the transfer portal and bolster the team’s overall depth. Despite concerns about depth, Colorado’s star players led the way against TCU. However, it remains to be seen whether the top talent can sustain such high-level performances throughout the season.

On the other side of the field, the TCU Horned Frogs struggled to adjust to Colorado’s new uptempo offense under former Kent State coach Sean Lewis. Their offensive line created substantial running lanes against Colorado’s smaller defensive front, resulting in a strong ground game. Running back Emani Bailey rushed for an impressive 165 yards on 14 carries, including a breathtaking 74-yard run. However, TCU’s quarterback, Chandler Morris, threw two costly interceptions, including one in the end zone that allowed Colorado to take an early 7-0 lead. Morris finished the game with 24 completions on 42 attempts, tallying 279 passing yards, two passing touchdowns, and two interceptions. He also rushed for a touchdown in the second half.

While TCU’s rushing attack was effective, their defense struggled to contain Colorado’s passing game. The Horned Frogs also committed ten penalties throughout the game, further hindering their chances of victory. With key players such as Max Duggan, Kendre Miller, Quentin Johnston, Dee Winters, and Dylan Horton no longer on the roster, TCU faces the challenge of replacing them and finding new playmakers. The lack of a clear go-to receiver for their offense was evident in their loss to Colorado.

The unexpected victory for Colorado has set a promising tone for the Deion Sanders era. Sanders’ recruitment efforts have shown immediate impact, and the team’s performance against TCU has garnered attention throughout the college football landscape. While there are still concerns about depth and sustainability, the Buffaloes have firmly established themselves as a team to watch this season.