Colorado 36
Nebraska 14

Sept. 9, 2023 • 11 a.m. Central
Folsom Field •Boulder, CO • FOX
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Second quarter
CU: Jace Feely 31 field goal, 4:20
CU: Tar’Varish Dawson 30 pass from Shedeur Sanders (Feely kick) 2:35
CU: Feely 32 field goal, 0:00
Third quarter
NU: Jeff Sims 57 run (Alvano kick) 9:50
CU: Xavier Weaver 12 pass from Sanders (Feely kick) 6:49
CU: Feely 30 field goal, 1:20
Fourth quarter
CU: Dawson 8 run (pass failed) 10:45
CU: Sanders 6 run (Feely kick) 4:54
NU: Thomas Fidone 4 pass from Heinrich Haarberg (Alvano kick) 0:00

                          NU        CU
FIRST DOWNS ............. 15        23
  RUSHING ............... 10         4
  PASSING ................ 5        16
  PENALTY ................ 0         3
RUSHES-NET YARDS .... 41-222     33-58
NET YARDS PASSING ...... 119       396
  COMP-ATT-INT ..... 11-22-1   32-44-0
TOTAL OFFENSE ....... 63-341    77-454
FUMBLES-LOST ........... 4-0       1-1
PENALIZED-YARDS ....... 6-40      9-80
PUNTS-AVERAGE ......... 4-35      4-38
PUNT RETURNS-YARDS ..... 0-0      2-11
KICKOFF RETURNS-YDS ... 1-23       0-0
INTERCEPTIONS-YARDS .... 0-0       1-4
POSSESSION TIME ...... 29:41     30:19
THIRD-DOWN CONV. ...... 4-13      9-17
FOURTH-DOWN CONV. ...... 0-2       0-1
RED ZONE SCORES ........ 1-1       6-6
SACKS BY-YARDS ........ 8-65      2-14

NU: Gabe Ervin 17-74; Jeff Sims 10-67; Rahmir Johnson 11-66; Heinrich Haarberg 2-17; Luke Lindenmeyer 1-minus-2.

CU: Dylan Edwards 9-55; Anthony Hankerson 6-26; Charlie Offerdahl 2-11; Tar'Varish Dawson 1-8; Sy'veon Wilkerson 1-1; Kavosiey Smoke 1-0; Jimmy Horn 1-minus-1; Ryan Staub 1-minus-12; Shedeur Sanders 11-minus-30.

NU: Jeff Sims 9-15-1 106; Heinrich Haarberg 2-6-0 13; Chubba Purdy 0-1-0 0.

CU: Shedeur Sanders 31-42-0 393; Ryan Staub 1-2-0 3.

NU: Billy Kemp 5-57; Nate Boerkircher 2-33; Thomas Fidone 2-13; Marcus Washington 1-13; Rahmir Johnson 1-3.

CU: Xavier Weaver 10-170; Jimmy Horn 8-64; Travis Hunter 3-73; Tar'Varish Dawson 3-41; Dylan Edwards 3-8; Michael Harrison 2-25; Anthony Hankerson 1-8; Sy'veon Wilkerson 1-4; Willie Gaines 1-3.

Attendance: 53,241


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Miscues bite Huskers in loss to Buffs

Despite a Husker meltdown late in the first half, it was still anyone’s game five minutes into the third quarter. And then it was all Colorado.

The Buffaloes pulled away in the final 25 minutes to drub the Huskers 36-14 in front of a national TV audience and a raucous crowd at Folsom Field.

It was a rough outing for Husker quarterback Jeff Sims, who committed three turnovers and was knocked out the game in the fourth quarter.

After trailing 13-0 at halftime, Nebraska made it a one-score game at 13-7 with Sims’ 57-yard touchdown jaunt five minutes into the third quarter. Colorado answered, however, with a 75-yard touchdown drive to go back up by 13. Then came a 55-yard Colorado drive that saw the Buffaloes reach the NU 1 but settle for a field goal after a 10-yard sack on third down. That setback didn’t deflate the Buffs, who stayed in firm control the rest of the way. A Husker touchdown on the game’s final play broke CU’s run of 23 unanswered points.

The two teams spent most of the first half in a 0-0 deadlock. Then came the meltdown. Two turnovers late in the second quarter — a Sims fumble and interception — set up 10 Colorado points. A poor punt by Brian Buschini then gave CU good field position for a drive that ended with a field goal on the final snap of the first half.

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2023 schedule
04/22White 21, Red 7
08/31@ MinnesotaL 10-13
09/09@ ColoradoL 14-36
09/16N. IllinoisW 35-11
09/23Louisiana TechW 28-14
09/30MichiganL 7-45
10/06@ IllinoisW 20-7
10/21North­westernW 17-9
10/28PurdueW 31-14
11/04@ Michigan St.L 17-20
11/11MarylandL 10-13
11/18@ WisconsinL 17-24
11/24IowaL 10-13
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HuskerMax/All Huskers

Seven turnovers in the first six quarters of the season, and eight in the first two games – that’ll get you to 0-2.


If accountability is a message from the coaching staff, then why is it a milk carton for one [player] but ‘never a thought’ for the other?

All Huskers/KLIN

Two weeks of meltdowns. Is it nerves?

Omaha World-Herald

The stage may be too big for Jeff Sims.

Daily Nebraskan

If Sims can’t stop giving it away, doesn’t Rhule have to turn the season over to someone else? Welcome to the quarterback situation, folks.

Omaha World Herald

Grant gets relegated to the bench for one fumble, but Sims gets an opportunity to keep going after two — or three? There has to be something we don’t know.

Lincoln Journal Star

The ‘N’ on Nebraska’s helmet stood for ‘no chance.’

Denver Gazette

Coach Prime has delivered faster than Federal Express. We’re seeing stuff from these Buffs, built into a top 25 program overnight, that none of us could’ve anticipated

Denver Post

Nebraska as a program is damaged. Understand and accept that. Recognize that it can be fixed. Give it time to heal. See what happens.

The Athletic
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