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Colorado head football coach Deion Sanders, commonly referred to as “Coach Prime,” stunned the college football world on Saturday as his team upset #17 TCU, last year’s national runner-up, in a 45-42 shootout in Fort Worth.
“We told you we coming,” Sanders said on the field after the game when asked for his message for the fans. “We told you we coming. You thought we was joking. And guess what? We keep receipts.”
Later, during a post-game press conference, Sanders said that the team was going to be consistent with its performances “because I’m here and ain’t going nowhere. And I’m about to get comfortable in a minute. I’m about to get comfortable in a minute.”
— Colorado Buffaloes Football (@CUBuffsFootball) September 2, 2023
The Colorado Buffaloes were an abysmal 1-11 last year under former head coach Karl Dorrell, who was widely seen as being inept and low energy and was fired at the end of the season.
Sanders cut most of the players from the team upon his arrival, telling players: “I’m bringing my luggage with me, and it’s Louis [Vuitton].”
The 56-year-old coach then brought in more than 60 players, by far the largest new group of players to any team in college football. The group included top transfers, like two-way standout Travis Hunter, and Deion’s son Sheduer Sanders. He also brought in the nation’s top cornerback out of high school Cormani McClain, and running back Dylan Edwards, who is one of the fastest players in the country.
Sheduer Sanders broke the school record by throwing for more than 500 yards and four touchdowns in his first game for the team.
Hunter picked off a pass near the end zone, had multiple pass breakups, and had more than 100 yards in receiving.
Edwards had 4 touchdowns, including a screenpass that he took 75 yards to the endzone.
Sanders received widespread praise online from football legends like JJ Watt over how significant his win was on Saturday.
“It cannot be overstated what Deion Sanders did today,” Watt said. “To turn the whole Colorado program around from what it was last season to today beating a team that played in the National Championship last season… It’s one thing to talk about it. It’s another to actually do it. Wow.”
It cannot be overstated what Deion Sanders did today.
To turn the whole Colorado program around from what it was last season to today beating a team that played in the National Championship last season…
It’s one thing to talk about it.
It’s another to actually do it.
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) September 2, 2023