Colorado is clearly keeping the receipts this season.
After the Buffaloes cruised to a 36-14 win over Nebraska to move 2-0 on the season, quarterback Shadeur Sanders — son of head coach Deion Sanders — had plenty of words for Cornhuskers head coach Matt Rhule and his team.
Sanders, who threw for 393 yards and two touchdowns on 31 of 42 passing while also running in for a score, said after the game that he was displeased with the way Rhule talked about his father and how the head coach and Cornhuskers stood on the Colorado logo before the game.
“It was extremely personal, you go out there and warm up and you’ve got the head coach from the other team standing in the middle of the Buff,” Sanders said after the game. “It’s OK if a couple of players do it, it’s fine, just enjoy the scenery. But when you’ve got the whole team trying to disrespect it, I’m not going for that at all. I went in there and disrupted it.
“The Buffaloes mean a lot to me — personally — and that’s what I was saying in pregame. And that’s when I knew it was extreme disrespect. The coach said a lot of things about my pops, about the program. I don’t respect that because you’re hating on another man. … All respect was gone for them and their program.
“The respect level ain’t there because he disrespected us first.”
While Rhule never seemed to call out Deion Sanders by name in the offseason, he did seem to shade teams’ use of the transfer portal, which Colorado used liberally to rebuild this year after a 1-11 finish in 2022.
"It was extremely personal… The coach said a lot of things about my Pops, about the program- but now he wanna act nice. I don't respect that."
Shedeur Sanders didn't hold back when asked about if the Nebraska rivalry was personal for him and Colorado ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/yZfQr2SzX9— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) September 9, 2023
Deion’s son, now quickly rising up as a Heisman candidate, sure seemed fired up with his play and celebrations during the big win Saturday.
Shadeur even broke out his father’s signature shuffle dance that used during his Hall of Fame NFL career when he ran in for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Earlier in the fourth, Sanders had ripped his helmet off after he thought he had completed a touchdown after a wild scramble outside the pocket.
“One of the funniest moments in the game after Shadeur took his helmet off after he made the tremendous scramble — it was like a Heisman-type play, and I went over and said, ‘You cannot do that, you cannot take your helmet off,'” Deion said.
“He said, ‘Dad, it’s personal.’ And I just bent over and laughed by butt off because that’s in the moment I was upset and he broke the monotony up with, ‘It’s personal.’ So they really took it to heart.”
Colorado can ride the hype train — personal or not — when they take on in-state rival Colorado State next Saturday.