Colorado leads Nebraska 13-0 at the end of the first half with the Buffaloes taking momentum in the final few minutes after a slow start. Colorado took advantage of a huge Nebraska turnover to take a double-digit lead as quarterback Shedeur Sanders connected with wide receiver Tar’Varish Dawson for a 30-yard touchdown one play after Colorado’s defense logged an interception.
Turnovers have plagued Nebraska all game and quarterback Jeff Sims is responsible for all of them. He fumbled two snaps, both of which hit him squarely in the hands, and Colorado was able to pounce on them. Then, with just under three minutes to play in the third quarter, Sims stared down Nebraska tight end Thomas Fidone on an out route and threw the ball way too late, allowing Colorado’s Cam’Ron Silmon-Craig to jump the route and intercept the pass.
Nebraska’s defense has played extremely well all game but finally started to wilt near the end of the first half due to the mounting mistakes. Colorado scored all 10 of its first half points as a result of Nebraska turnovers. Buffaloes QB Shedeur Sanders finished the first half with 14 completions for 134 yards and one touchdown. Five of his completions and his scoring toss came in the final three minutes of the half.
How to watch Colorado vs. Nebraska live
Date: Saturday, Sept. 9 | Time: 12 p.m. ET
Location: Folsom Field — Boulder, Colorado
TV: Fox | Live stream: fubo (Try for free)
Colorado vs. Nebraska: Need to know
Star-studded roster: Colorado’s skill talent jumped off the page after Sanders’ unprecedented roster flip, but the results were more impressive than anyone could have expected. All-purpose athlete Travis Hunter played more than 130 snaps between wide receiver and cornerback, posting a 100-yard performance on offense with an interception on defense. Colorado ultimately produced four 100-yard receivers, including running back Dylan Edwards and USF transers Jimmy Horn Jr. and Xavier Weaver.
Stylistic clash: Contrary to Colorado, Nebraska’s offense is a tough, old-school run approach. The Cornhuskers ran the ball on 37 of 56 offensive snaps against Minnesota, including 19 attempts Sims. Colorado held up well against the pass against TCU, but the rush defense allowed 262 yards and four touchdowns on 7.1 yards per carry. Nebraska isn’t as explosive as TCU running the ball, but Colorado will have to find ways to get off the field and hold up physically.
Pressure points: Last week, Colorado was able to use its skill talent to stretch out and speed past TCU. The script of the Nebraska game will be far different. The Cornhuskers play big and physical, and they take pride in mucking up games. As a team, the Buffs played 160 snaps from scrimmage against TCU; Nebraska played just 125 vs. Minnesota. If Colorado can remain comfortable and create opportunities against a big, physical opponent, it will be perhaps just as impressive as its historic Week 1 victory.
Colorado vs. Nebraska prediction, picks
Odds via SportsLine consensus
Everything went to script during Colorado’s first game, but Nebraska’s game plan is to get teams off schedule. This will be an opportunity for QB Shedeur Sanders to prove he can work off schedule and grind out opportunities against physical opponents. Defensively, Colorado has to hold up in the middle. It will be a closer game than many expect, but the Buffs aren’t losing their home opener. Pick: Colorado -3
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