BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Deion Sanders had an uneasy feeling, even up 29-0 at halftime. Maybe not the worst collapse in Colorado history about to unfold uneasy, but uneasy anyway.

Stanford coach Troy Taylor didn't really change a thing, just watched as the Cardinal steadily staged the largest comeback in school history.

In a late-night thriller — the game started on Friday the 13th and finished on Saturday the 14th — this is a game that will be etched in the history of both programs.

Joshua Karty connected on a 31-yard field goal in the second overtime after tying the game in regulation, Elic Ayomanor had a school-record 294 yards receiving and Stanford rallied for a 46-43 victory over Colorado early Saturday.

"It’s a special game for these guys to be down 29-nothing against a really good football team and just not quit,” Taylor said. “We’ll enjoy this one.”

Not so for the Buffaloes, who were reeling from the largest blown lead in school history. The old mark was 28, set at Kansas on Nov. 6, 2010.

Sanders sensed something was amiss, too. Just a little bit of complacency creeping in.

“I talked to them about the old cliche people say — it’s 0-0 but that’s not true. It’s not 0-0, it’s 29-nothing,” the Colorado coach said. “I felt complacency going into the half because we stalled offensively, gave up some yardage as well. Just didn’t like how I felt going in at halftime. We come back out and here comes complacency. Here comes that team that I can’t stand, that you can’t stand it. You can’t understand how in the world that happens to us. But it did.”

Stanford safety Alaka’i Gilman picked off a floating Shedeur Sanders pass in the end zone to set the stage in the second OT for Karty, who also drilled a 46-yarder with no time left in regulation.

“That was a dumb play,” Shedeur Sanders said of his errant throw. “I just threw it up.”

The Cardinal (2-4, 1-3 Pac-12) trailed 29-0 at halftime, with QBs Justin Lamson and Ashton Daniels unable to light a spark.

That is, until the second half when Daniels — with Lamson contributing — led Stanford on eight straight scoring drives. The Cardinal had 408 of their 523 yards in the second half and OT.

Daniels threw for 396 yards and four TDs. Ayomanor had 13 catches — all after halftime — and three TDs, including one to tie up the first overtime — a remarkable catch at that — and another for 97 yards that changed the game. His 294 yards receiving broke the school record held by Troy Walters (278) against UCLA in 1999.

Ayomanor and the Cardinal left the sell-out crowd stunned.

“Just knowing that as a team you all persevered until the end,” Ayomanor said, “and kept fighting is a lot more satisfying than silencing the opposing team's crowd.”

Colorado committed 17 penalties for 127 yards in a game that started at 8:20 p.m. local time and ended at 12:21 a.m. Deion Sanders was still trying to wrap his mind about what happened at his post-game news conference.

“From youth on, I don’t remember being up 29-0 and losing a football game,” Sanders said. “I really don’t. This is a little tough for me.”

Shedeur Sanders finished with 400 yards passing and five touchdowns and rushed for a team-leading 37 yards. He and the Buffaloes (4-3, 1-3) were clicking early, amassing a huge lead. It looked over.

It wasn't.

“We have no choice but to go forward. That's life,” Deion Sanders said. “We didn't expect that. ... We can't sit down and have no pity party."

Two-way standout Travis Hunter returned after missing three games following a late hit in the Colorado State game that sent him to the hospital with a lacerated liver. He had 13 catches for 140 yards and two scores. He also had five tackles.

“The plays he made kept us in the game,” Sanders said.

Leading into the game, Deion Sanders said on his weekly radio show that late kickoff games are the “stupidest thing ever invented.” This was the second late one for the Buffaloes this season that's gone to double OT at Folsom Field. The first one went their way, with the Buffaloes rallying to beat Colorado State 43-35.

This time, it was Stanford that rallied.

“Right now, we’re not built for the moment,” Sanders said. “Some of our players aren’t built for the moment where they have to make a play.”


Stanford: The Cardinal snapped a seven-game conference skid.

Colorado: Defense continues to be an issue. The Buffaloes are allowing nearly 36 points a game.


Stanford: The Cardinal host No. 18 UCLA on Oct. 21.

Colorado: The Buffaloes have a bye week before traveling to UCLA to face the Bruins on Oct. 28.

Colorado's two-way star Travis Hunter scores two touchdowns in return from lacerated liver

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Two-way standout Travis Hunter returned from a lacerated liver that sidelined him for three games and played the roles of both hero and goat in Colorado's 46-43 collapse against Stanford on Friday night.

Hunter led the Buffaloes with 13 catches for 140 yards and two touchdowns in his first game in nearly a month, and he collected five solo tackles on defense.

But he also was burned by Cardinal star receiver Elic Ayomanor, whose school-record 294-yard performance was highlighted by a 30-yard touchdown catch in the first overtime. The stout sophomore corralled Ashton Daniels' throw on the back of Hunter's helmet, held on as their momentum took both into the end zone and lifted the ball over Hunter's head just as he backpedaled in for the score.

Coach Deion Sanders didn't hold back on Hunter's workload and when it was suggested that decision will be scrutinized in light of Ayomanor's big day, Sanders retorted, “His conditioning is gerat. There were some plays he made and some plays he didn't. Just so happens the plays he didn't make at the end are magnified. But the plays he made kept us in that game.”

Ayomanor finished with three touchdowns on 13 catches, including a 97-yard scoring play that jump-started Stanford's comeback after trailing 29-0 at halftime.

It was the biggest collapse in Colorado's history and the biggest comeback ever by the Cardinal.

Hunter celebrated his much-anticipated return to action with a 24-yard catch-and-run touchdown in the first quarter. It was his first touchdown for Colorado (4-3, 1-3 Pac-12), which frittered away the chance to move within one win of bowl eligibility just one year after a 1-11 campaign led to the home-run hiring of Sanders.

Hunter added a 16-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter and took a vicious shot to the midsection from Stanford safety Mitch Leigber. Hunter held on and bounced right up. That gave Colorado a 36-26 lead with 11:18 remaining and ended a run of 26 unanswered points by the Cardinal.

Stanford rallied to tie it on a last-second field goal at the end of regulation and on Ayomanor's amazing TD grab off Hunter's helmet in the first overtime. In the second extra period, Shedeur Sanders threw an interception and Joshua Karty nailed a short field goal to complete the Cardinal comeback.

Despite the devastating loss, Coach Prime has quickly transformed Boulder from a gridiron wasteland into the epicenter of college football thanks to his star power, heavy use of the transfer portal and millions of dollars pouring into university coffers and players' pockets with a name, image and likeness bonanza.

Among the stars Sanders brought with him from Jackson State were sons Shedeur and Shilo along with Hunter, a five-star recruit who was considered the top talent in the nation when he shunned Florida State to play for Sanders, first in Mississippi for an HBCU program and now in Boulder.

Hunter burst onto the Power 5 scene with a standout game at TCU in the college football opener and followed that with a stellar outing against Nebraska.

But in the Rocky Moutain Showdown a late hit by a Colorado State defender sent him to the hospital with a lacerated liver and he missed games against Oregon, USC and Arizona State.

He was slated to return Oct. 28 against UCLA following the Buffaloes' bye next week, but he received medical clearance to return to practice earlier this week, and when the Buffaloes started out on defense against Stanford (2-4, 1-3), Hunter received a big hug from Coach Prime as he trotted out to play cornerback.

When the Buffaloes forced a quick punt and got the ball for the first time, Hunter lined up wide right and on Colorado's second possession he scored on a 24-yard catch-and-run that included a nifty spin out of a tackle at the 17.

Hunter ran right through the back of the end zone, dropped the ball and dropped to his knees, seemingly in thankful prayer. A flag was thrown for unsportsmanlike conduct following his gesture.

On Sept. 16, Hunter was running a deep route in the first quarter of the Rocky Mountain Showdown at Folsom Field when he was hit by Rams defensive back Henry Blackburn shortly after the ball sailed over his head, drawing a flag.

Hunter returned to the game but later left to go to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with a lacerated liver.

In the days that followed, Blackburn received death threats, which Coach Prime passionately condemned. Hunter chimed in, too, saying he held no grudge against Blackburn and that nasty hits were simply the hazards of playing football.

Hunter later showed there were no hard feelings by meeting up with Blackburn at a Boulder area bowling alley to raise money for charity.