Colorado Buffaloes quarterback Shedeur Sanders was injured during a 56-14 loss to Washington State on Friday, leaving the team’s hopes of playing in a bowl game this season shattered. Sanders, who is the son of head coach Deion Sanders, was sacked four times and left the game twice with injuries. “He had some numbness in his hand and couldn’t really grip the ball,” Deion Sanders said after the game, according to ESPN. “But then that second hit he just got rolled up on. We decided not to send him back out.”
The Buffaloes slumped out of bowl eligibility after recording their fifth consecutive loss and finishing with a 4-7 record overall. This was a disappointing return from their promising start to the season that had captivated college football fans. “I’m very sad about how we played,” Sanders said after the game, according to Colorado’s website. “We practiced hard this past week. We prepared and to go and display a performance like that it’s not indicative of who we are, what we are, how we are.” Colorado trailed 21-7 after the first quarter and only got worse in the second as Washington State added another three touchdowns with no response from the Buffaloes.
“That’s not the recipe for a win,” Sanders added. “They executed early and executed often and when they got Shedeur out of the game it was tough sledding from then on.” The Buffaloes conclude their regular season against Utah on November 25th.