In a shocking turn of events, Colorado blew a 29-0 halftime lead and lost 46-43 in double overtime to Stanford on Friday night. The Buffaloes dominated the first half but then surrendered points on every Cardinal possession in the second half and OT. It was the biggest comeback in Stanford history.
After starting hot, Colorado unraveled with mistakes down the stretch. The Buffaloes racked up 17 penalties for 127 yards, opening the door for the Cardinal. Stanford quarterback Ashton Daniels also came alive after halftime, throwing for 396 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Stanford’s Offensive Onslaught in Second Half
The Cardinal were lifeless in the first half, down 29-0. But Stanford scored on every drive after halftime, rallying to tie it and force overtime. Receiver Elic Ayomanor was unstoppable, with 13 catches, 294 yards, and 3 touchdowns. His 97-yard TD reception helped swing momentum.
“Everybody came together as a whole,” Ayomanor said. “It wasn’t just me; it was the whole team’s effort that allowed us to win.”
Coach Troy Taylor simply asked his team to keep competing at halftime. The Cardinal clearly took it to heart, capping an unbelievable comeback.
Key Players for Both Sides
Elic Ayomanor catalyzed the comeback for Stanford. But Colorado’s Shedeur Sanders nearly lifted his team to victory. Sanders had 5 TD passes and 400 yards but a late interception opened the door for Stanford’s win.
For Colorado, Travis Hunter returned from injury with 13 catches, 140 yards, and 2 TDs. But the Buffaloes’ second-half meltdown, riddled with penalties, erased their strong start under coach Deion Sanders. A devastating loss after utter dominance early on.
The dramatic defeat was a tough setback for Deion Sanders’ first season at Colorado. After a dominant start, his team unraveled in epic fashion to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory against Stanford on Friday night.