Colorado was not ready for Oregon’s prime time. Bo Nix threw three TD passes. As a result, the team stopped Coach Prime’s Cinderella story. The Ducks routed the Buffaloes 42-6.
The Ducks (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) went into halftime with a 35-0 lead following coach Dan Lanning’s heated pregame statement, in which he ripped against Coach Prime’s squad for the glitz and glamour that had surrounded them during the first three weeks of the season.
Oregon’s Troy Franklin scored two touchdowns on eight receptions for 126 yards. Lanning’s usual outgoing nature changed after the game.
With 67 new scholarship players and victories over TCU and Nebraska to start the season, and a double-overtime thriller victory over Colorado State last weekend, Sanders has turned around a Colorado club that won just one game the previous year.
Nike co-founder and Oregon sports patriarch Phil Knight greeted him at Autzen Stadium before the game. Even Terrell Owens, a former NFL great, flew in to see his buddy coach. The Oregon Ducks’ mascot, the Duck, wore a cowboy hat and sunglasses to the game, just like Sanders.
Coach Prime’s Cinderella Story Comes to an End
The Buffs (3-1, 0-1) could not defeat the Ducks (4-1, 1-0) in a high-stakes contest.
According to bookie pay per head experts, Nix was yanked at the beginning of the fourth quarter despite completing 11 of his first 33 throws. He scored on an 11-yard run as well. A supporter proclaimed, “This is Nix Country” on a placard.
On Saturday, Shedeur Sanders, the son of Coach Prime, had thrown for an average of 417.0 yards per game, scoring ten touchdowns and throwing only one interception. In the game against the Ducks, he threw for 159 yards and a score while completing 23 of 33 passes. His team sacked him seven times. Oregon’s faithful booed and yelled, “Overrated!” in the game’s last seconds.
According to pay per head sportsbook reports, Sanders also took exception to the idea that the Buffaloes, with all their recent press, needed to be brought down to earth.
Two of Oregon’s early touchdowns came courtesy of Nix’s passing. In the second quarter, Nix threw his first interception of the year. It was also the first turnover of the season for Oregon. However, Oregon’s defense sacked Shedeur Sanders on third down, causing Colorado to punt for the second time.
Nix found Franklin wide-open on a 36-yard touchdown pass, and Nix added a rushing score to finish off the first-half assault.
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