On Saturday night in Boulder, Colorado a game known as the Rocky Mountain Showdown was about to take place as five-time Grammy award winner Lil Wayne performed his song “Sky’s the Limit” while walking out of the tunnel and onto the field with Coach Prime and the Colorado Buffaloes.
Lil Wayne had a full day in Boulder as he made an appearance on the Fox Sports Big Noon Kickoff show. Coach Prime gifted Lil Wayne, who is also known as Lil Tunechi, a number 17 football jersey. Wayne tried the jersey on, and later in the show he entertained the crowd by performing “Uproar,” a song from Tha Carter V album.
When it comes to the world of sports, in-state rivalry games are contest between two teams who traditionally don’t like each other. On Saturday night the Colorado quarterback Shedeur Sanders had to go into “Brady Mode” to lead his team to a 43-35 come-from-behind victory over the Colorado State Rams.
The bad blood between the two programs already existed, but it instantly escalated when the two coaches had a difference of opinion in regards to dress attire. After defeating Nebraska on September 9th, Colorado’s head coach Deion “Coach Prime” Sanders addressed the media while wearing a hat and sunglasses.
Colorado State’s head coach Jay Norvell didn’t appreciate Coach Prime’s post-game press conference appearance. During Norvell’s weekly radio show, on Wednesday, September 13th, he gave his opinion in regards to what he deems appropriate.
“I sat down with ESPN, and I don’t care if they hear this in Boulder, I told them I took my hat off, and I took my glasses off, and I said when I talk to grown-ups I take my hat and glasses off, that’s what my mother taught me.”
The comment created a firestorm as the media critiqued, Norvell’s words, and both teams used the comment as motivation. In addition to providing Colorado with motivation, Norvell’s comment helped Sanders financially, because Coach Prime’s Blenders sunglasses line had $1.2 million worth of sales in one day.
Last year the Colorado football program was a dismal 1 win 11 loss team. This year with the signing of Coach Prime, Colorado is the most fascinating team in college football. In addition to Lil Wayne, celebrities such as Master P, Offset, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson were in attendance for the rivalry game.
Colorado safety Shilo Sanders got the night started in a big way when he caught an interception and ran 80 yards for the first score of the game. However, one minute later Colorado State even the score at 7-7 after connecting on a 30-yard touchdown pass.
Colorado State took a 14-7 lead when two-way star Travis Hunter fumbled, and defensive back Ron Hardge III scooped the ball up, and ran 45 yards for the touchdown. Throughout a tough, physical, and highly competitive contest, Colorado State held a 28-20 lead with 2:06 left to go in the game.
With the ball on their own 2-yard line, Colorado needed to go 98 yards to score, and quarterback Shedeur Sanders was up to the challenge. His mentor is 7-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady, and in the last two minutes of the 4th quarter, Sanders went into Brady Mode.
Shedeur Sanders drove his team down the field and connected on a 45-yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Horn Jr. The Buffaloes needed a two-point conversion to tie the game, and they were able to convert, when Sanders hit tight end Michael Harrison to tie the game at 28-28.
In the two overtime sessions, Sanders threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Michael Harrison in the first overtime, and a 18-yard touchdown pass to Michael Harrison for the game-winning score in the second overtime. The Heisman Trophy candidate Shedeur Sanders finished the game with 348 yards and 4 touchdowns.
During a post-game interview with Sportscenter, Shedeur Sanders was asked about his mindset when he was faced with the task of going 98 yards for a touchdown. Wearing a hat and his dad/coach signature sunglasses, Shedeur responded by saying, “All I was thinking is Brady mode, that’s it.”
Last year the Colorado Buffaloes was a team who achieved one win, and they were the laughing stock of college football. This year they’re 3-0, dominating the media headlines, celebrities are coming to Boulder to see them, and college football fans are staying up until 2 a.m. ET to watch the conclusion of a Colorado football game.
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