Huskers offense is stagnant as No. 22 Colorado rolls to the win, 36-14

Nebraska’s defense stands tall in Boulder, CO, but not tall enough.
Published: Sep. 9, 2023 at 11:03 AM CDT
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(WOWT) - Nebraska has now lost its last three straight meetings with the Buffs, but this game, unlike the previous three, was a blowout. While the Blackshirts applied the pressure, tallying seven sacks, the offense could not find a groove. Nebraska had four turnovers which ultimately turned into 16 points for Colorado.

Check below for the full game recap.

First Quarter

Huskers get the ball to open the game. Eight plays and 38 yards later, quarterback Jeff Sims is sacked and fumbles. Colorado recovers it at their own 31-yard line.

With the ball for the first time in the game, the Buffs eat up five minutes of the clock but only travel 30 yards in 12 plays thanks to constant pressure from the Nebraska defense. The Huskers and Buffaloes trade punts on their second possessions.

The first quarter comes to an end as Nebraska gets ready to punt it away on their own 27-yard line.

Second Quarter

The Blackshirts showed out in Colorado’s first drive of the second quarter. Freshman Cameron Lenhardt had two sacks in the drive, while linebacker Nick Henrich picked up his second sack of the game in the same drive. Buffs are forced to punt it away.

Back with the ball, the Huskers start their best drive of the game so far with a 26-yard punt return from running back Gabe Ervin Jr. A couple plays later Sims connects with receiver Billy Kemp for an 18-yard pickup. Two plays later, running back Gabe Ervin breaks off for a 13-yard gain followed by a six-yard rush from running back Rahmir Johnson to get the Huskers to Colorado’s 30-yard line. After a pair of plays for a loss, Nebraska sends kicker Tristan Alvano out for a 45-yard field goal attempt, but the ball hits off the right upright and it’s no good. The game remains scoreless.

Huskers hold the Buffs to a three-and-out on Colorado’s ensuing possession.

Nebraska’s first play of their second drive of the quarter, Sims fumbles the ball for the second time this game, and Colorado recovers it in the red zone. Four plays later, Buffs get on the board first with a 31-yard field goal from Jace Feely. Colorado leads, 3-0.

Four plays into the Huskers’ ensuing possession, Sims is picked off by Cam’Ron Silmon-Craig at Nebraska’s 34-yard line.

It takes only one play for quarterback Shedeur Sanders to find receiver Tar’Varish Dawson for the 30-yard touchdown. Colorado extends their lead, 10-0.

To close out the half, Colorado strings together a five-play 50-yard drive ending in a 32-yard field goal. Buffs go into halftime ahead, 13-0.

Third Quarter

Sims back in at quarterback for the Huskers, despite three turnovers in the first half. Right after getting sacked for a loss of seven yards, Sims rebounds with a 57-yard touchdown run to get Nebraska on the board. Huskers trail, 13-7.

Colorado responds with a 10-play 75-yard drive, capped with a 12-yard touchdown pass from Sanders to receiver Xavier Weaver. Buffs pad their lead, 20-7.

After a Nebraska three-and-out, Colorado running back Dylan Edwards breaks off for a 34-yard gain to get the Buffs to Nebraska’s 30-yard line. Next play, Sanders finds Weaver for a 19-yard pickup, moving the Buffs into the red zone. On third-and-one on Nebraska’s one-yard line, Riley Van Poppel comes up with a huge sack for a 10-yard loss, holding Colorado to a field goal. Buffs lead, 23-7.

Fourth Quarter

First play of the final quarter, Huskers with a fumble on the handoff from Sims to Ervin Jr. Colorado recovers it and mid-field. Buffs capitalize on the turnover, with a 65-yard drive ending with an eight-yard rushing score by Dawson. Buffs lead, 29-7.

With just under five minutes left in the game, Colorado takes over on downs at mid-field and takes full advantage of the good field position. Six plays and 55 yards later, Sanders finds the endzone with his feet for the first time. Buffs tack on another seven points to lead, 36-7.

In the final second of the game, quarterback Heinrich Haarberg connects with tight end Thomas Fidone III for the four-yard touchdown. Not enough to catch up to the Huskers.

Nebraska falls, 36-14 to the Buffs.