GAMEDAY College Football

Colorado 43, Colorado State 35

Associated Press

BOULDER, Colo. - Shedeur Sanders threw a TD pass to Michael Harrison in the second overtime after leading a 98-yard drive to tie the game with 36 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and No. 18 Colorado rallied to beat Colorado State 43-35 in front of a full house packed with celebrities.

Sanders connected with Harrison for an 18-yard score and then found an open Xavier Weaver on the 2-point conversion. The Colorado defense took it from there, with Trevor Woods intercepting Brayden Fowler-Nicolosi's pass on fourth-and-23 to end the game at nearly 12:30 a.m. local time.

It set off a celebration as fans rushed the field for a second straight week.

In the first OT, Sanders patiently waited in the pocket until Harrison flashed open for a 3-yard score. Fowler-Nicolosi followed by connecting with Tory Horton on an 8-yard score.

With 2:06 remaining in the fourth quarter, Sanders and the Buffaloes (3-0) got the ball back on the 2-yard line and trailing 28-20. He led the Buffaloes on a seven-play drive that culminated with a 45-yard TD pass to Jimmy Horn Jr. with 36 seconds left. Sanders hit Harrison for the two-point conversion.

A 23 1/2-point underdog, the Rams led most of the game. Their unraveling was 17 penalties for 182 yards, including a flag for a block below the waist that nullified a touchdown in the second overtime.

Rams coach Jay Norvell added spice to the Rocky Mountain Showdown earlier in the week by taking a jab at Deion Sanders for not taking off his sunglasses and hat in interviews. After the game, Sanders and Norvell shook hands near midfield amid a sea of fans.

Sanders and the Buffaloes fed off the perceived slight all the way into the game. Shilo Sanders donned sunglasses after his 80-yard interception return for a touchdown in the first quarter.

Shedeur Sanders finished with 348 yards, four TDs and one interception for the Buffaloes, who won their sixth straight over the Rams (0-2). Sanders was missing receiver/cornerback Travis Hunter, who was ruled out in the third quarter with an undisclosed injury and taken to the hospital for further evaluation.

Colorado State put a bye week to good use by finding ways to contain Sanders and the explosive Colorado offense for most of the game. The Rams tried to spoil the party hosted by Deion Sanders, who had big-name celebrities in the house such as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and rapper Lil Wayne.

Fowler-Nicolosi had 367 yards and two TDs.

It was chippy at times, with Rams defensive lineman Mohamed Kamara getting a finger in the face mask from Shedeur Sanders after a play. Kamara was later disqualified in overtime for a targeting call on Sanders.

The emotions heated up early, too, with both teams gathering at midfield about an hour before kickoff and exchanging some words. Hunter left the gathering to run over to the student section and fire up the fans.

Deion Sanders has turned the Buffaloes into the talk of college football since taking over a team that went 1-11 last season.

This weekend, both ESPN’s “College GameDay” and Fox’s “Big Noon Kickoff” were both on campus. Some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment turned up in Boulder, including a mini-concert performed by Lil Wayne in the end zone just before kickoff ( Deion Sanders gifted him a jersey). “The Rock” appeared on the set of GameDay and took off his jacket to reveal he was wearing Shedeur Sanders' No. 2 jersey.


Colorado State: The Rams have lost 17 straight games to ranked teams on the road.

Colorado: The announced attendance was 53,141 in a game where tickets were going for an average purchase price is $214, according to TickPick. The Buffaloes have sold out five home games this season and are close to selling out a sixth (Arizona on Nov. 11).

Colorado athletics press release

September 16, 2023

Scoring Summary
First Quarter ColoStColo
Colo TD 8:09 Shilo Sanders 80 yard interception return for TD (Jace Feely Extra Point) 0 7
ColoSt TD 7:12 Dallin Holker 30 yard TD pass from Tory Horton (Jordan Noyes Extra Point) 7 7
ColoSt TD 6:16 Ron Hardge III 45 yard fumble return for TD (Jordan Noyes Extra Point) 14 7
Colo TD 3:41 Xavier Weaver 24 yard TD pass from Shedeur Sanders (Jace Feely Extra Point) 14 14
Second Quarter ColoStColo
ColoSt TD 4:08 Louis Brown IV 15 yard TD pass from Brayden Fowler-Nicolosi (Jordan Noyes Extra Point) 21 14
Fourth Quarter ColoStColo
Colo FG 14:24 Alejandro Mata 20 yard field goal 21 17
ColoSt TD 11:22 Dallin Holker 35 yard TD pass from Brayden Fowler-Nicolosi (Jordan Noyes Extra Point) 28 17
Colo FG 7:33 Alejandro Mata 41 yard field goal 28 20
Colo TD 0:36 Jimmy Horn Jr. 45 yard TD pass from Shedeur Sanders (Michael Harrison 2pt conversion attempt is GOOD) 28 28
OT ColoStColo
Colo TD   Michael Harrison 3 yard TD pass from Shedeur Sanders (Alejandro Mata Extra Point) 28 35
ColoSt TD   Tory Horton 8 yard TD pass from Brayden Fowler-Nicolosi (Jordan Noyes Extra Point) 35 35
2nd OT ColoStColo
Colo TD   Michael Harrison 18 yard TD pass from Shedeur Sanders (Xavier Weaver 2pt conversion attempt is GOOD) 35 43
Team Stats
  Colorado State Colorado
First downs 23 25
  Rushing 5 5
  Passing 17 17
  Penalty 1 3
3rd Down Efficiency 10-20, 50% 4-13, 31%
4th down efficiency 0-1, 0% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 39-101 25-70
Passing Yards 397 348
Return Yards 82 126
Completions-Attempts-Int 35-48-3 38-47-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 3-8 4-37
Punts 6 5
Fumbles Lost 2-1 1-1
Penalties - Yards 17-181 9-82
Colorado State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
B. Fowler-Nicolosi 34 47 367 3 3
T. Horton 1 1 30 1 0
Colorado Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
S. Sanders 38 47 348 4 1
Colorado State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
K. Johnson 15 54 3.6 0
A. Morrow 19 50 2.6 0
B. Fowler-Nicolosi 5 -3 -0.6 0
Colorado Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Edwards 10 57 5.7 0
S. Wilkerson 4 6 1.5 0
A. Hankerson 2 4 2.0 0
S. Sanders 9 3 0.3 0
Colorado State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Horton 16 133 8.3 1
L. Brown IV 10 131 13.1 1
D. Holker 6 109 18.2 2
J. Ross-Simmons 3 24 8.0 0
Colorado Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
X. Weaver 9 98 10.9 1
M. Harrison 7 76 10.9 2
J. Horn Jr. 7 66 9.4 1
T. Dawson 5 60 12.0 0
T. Hunter 2 21 10.5 0
D. Edwards 6 17 2.8 0
S. Wilkerson 1 11 11.0 0
A. Hankerson 1 -1 -1.0 0
Colorado State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
H. Blackburn 1 0
Colorado Interceptions
Player Int Yards
S. Sanders 1 80
T. Woods 1 0
C. Silmon-Craig 1 0
Colorado State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
P. Turner 6 253 42.2
Colorado Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Vassett 5 242 48.4
Colorado State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Horton 2 28 14.0
Colorado Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Colorado State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Johnson 2 54 27.0
Colorado Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Edwards 2 46 23.0
Colorado State Missed FG
Player Length
J. Noyes 52
Colorado Missed FG
Player Length
J. Feely 39

D1SN All Power 9-30