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Minutes Before Deion Sanders Lost His Cool, Coach Prime’s Son Escapes Suspension Despite Poking Rams Rival’s Eye

Published 09/17/2023, 6:30 AM EDT

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Two explosive moments shook the Colorado Buffs vs. Colorado Rams showdown. In a high-stakes clash between the Buffaloes and Colorado State, things took an unexpected turn. Shedeur Sanders seemingly attempted to jab a Colorado State player in the eye, seemingly, to defend his teammate. Meanwhile, Colorado’s versatile talent, Travis Hunter, found himself on the receiving end of a brutal, illegal hit that sent shockwaves through the stadium and led to his hospitalization.

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For fans, though, it was an electrifying matchup, and it did not disappoint. Colorado managed to overcome an 11-point deficit and clinch a thrilling 43-35 victory over Colorado State in double overtime. However, the game was marked by unexpected drama and intense emotions.

Shedeur Sanders’ startling eye poke 


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In the second quarter, Shedeur Sanders found himself in a real tussle with a defensive lineman. It looked like Sanders had either attempted to make a dirty poke at Colorado State’s Mohamed Kamara‘s eye or came dangerously close to doing so. One moment that has gone viral is Shedeur’s seemingly sneaky eye-poking attempt at an opponent from Colorado State. Eye pokes in college football have seen suspensions in the past with names like Brandon Spikes and Antonio Jones-Davis coming to mind.

Shedeur Sanders will not be part of that list, as Colorado revealed they would not be punishing him. However, the Buffaloes will be without one player for the next few games as he will need time to recover from a lacerated liver.


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The game’s other major incident, which saw Travis Hunter take a hard late hit from Henry Blackburn, caused commotion and earned a penalty.

Meanwhile, fans took to X (f.k.a. Twitter) and wrote things like, “Not cool,” and “I hate that type of unsportsmanlike conduct! Is THIS what Deone is teaching them to do? That young man deserves to ride the bench.” Other prominent sports figures and fans also had their say on the Travis Hunter-Henry Blackburn incident.

LeBron James voices worries as Travis Hunter is hospitalized

Even LeBron James chimed in to voice his confusion over the distinction between targeting and the incident he witnessed. “I’ve seen others get thrown out for far less. That was blatant and uncalled for IMO!”

ESPN panelist Shannon Sharpe insisted it was a clear case of targeting that should have led to an ejection: “That was targeting. Should’ve been ejected.”

Travis Hunter, who had already fumbled the ball, left the game in the third quarter. As the Buffaloes were behind 21-14 against the Rams, Hunter was taken to the hospital for a thorough check-up. The brutal hit by Henry Blackburn came while Hunter was charging down the field, causing the ball to drop helplessly to the ground.


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Notably, the Rams were penalized twice on the play. Henry Blackburn received a 15-yard penalty, and nickelback Ayden Hector was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct.

In the end, despite the tumultuous match, Colorado emerged victorious. Coach Deion Sanders, when asked ESPN’s Quint Kessenich in the interview, what he had learned from the game, simply replied, “Patience.”


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Mohammad Asif Ansari


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Mohammad Asif Ansari is an NFL writer at EssentiallySports, with a passion for bringing sports news to life through engaging content. As an ardent sports fan, Ansari likes to cover core sports angles. His latest article, “Dallas Cowboys Reportedly Making It Difficult for Aaron Rodgers to Pursue His Dream Team” got a hoard of interested sports readers.
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