Boulder, CO – The Colorado Buffaloes are still the most exciting team in college football despite two straight losses against ranked competitive teams as coach Sanders pushes his athletes while never being happy with the results post-game. The team, despite the losses, is having an impressive season especially after going 1-11 last year.
The 48-41 loss against USC turned heads and the Buffs received a lot of praise for their performance since the team was in 41-14 hole in the third quarter. After 21 unanswered points the team ran out of time as USC went on offence with a minute and 40 seconds left and selected to knee it since Colorado had no timeouts.
This was an exciting and fun college football game, but this was not ideal for Sanders and his team. They want to win all four quarters and dominate on all sides of the ball week in and week out.
“You don’t want to do that,” Sanders said, in response to the comeback. “We’re too vulnerable.”
He’s right. The team lost three starters in the secondary including cornerback Travis Hunter, who got injured a couple weeks ago from a late hit in the double overtime CSU match and will more than likely miss the next two games and Shilo Sanders was also out with an injury against USC.
Sanders assured the media that still there are no excuses.
However, the teams’ weaknesses in these losses come from some things the Buffs can’t control right now. The talent that USC and Oregon have at their disposal takes years of recruiting and time to develop. This is not an excuse, Coach Sanders might see it as one, but the 3-2 record already has surpassed what many thought Colorado would accomplish.
USC is ranked #9 in the nation and is undefeated with quarterback Caleb Williams at the helm; the previous Heisman Trophy winner, who finished last season with 52 total touchdowns. He threw for six touchdowns against the Buffs and one interception.
The Buffs defense, despite allowing 48 points, held USC to 0 points in the fourth whenever it mattered most, which was also when they forced the only turnover of the game. A team that can and will always be in the game is a dangerous team.
The offense also scored 41 points in the match including 14 in the final quarter, outscoring USC 14-0. Shedeur Sanders threw for 371 yards and 4tds and he also had rushing touchdown as well.
Colorado had 66 more total yards than the Trojans and more rushing yards in the match than any game before. The team also had a higher 3rd down efficiency percentage and more first downs. A missed field goal and an interception killed two drives that would have led to a Buffs victory, so they were only two mistakes away from a win against a strong opponent.
Overall, the Buffs and Buff fans have nothing to worry about with the back-to-back losses. The teams going to win more this season and has already surpassed last year. And with Sanders at the helm, things can only improve with time with years to come.