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Stanford rallies from down 29-0 to stun Deion Sanders, Colorado 46-43 in OT
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Stanford rallies from down 29-0 to stun Deion Sanders, Colorado 46-43 in OT

Updated Oct. 14, 2023 3:03 a.m. ET

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 from a 29-point halftime deficit for a 46-43 victory over Colorado in Boulder early Saturday.

It was the largest blown lead in Colorado history.

Safety Alaka'i Gilman picked off a floating Shedeur Sanders pass in the end zone to set the stage for Karty, who drilled a 46-yarder with no time left in regulation.

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 and three TDs, including one to tie up the first overtime and another for 97 yards that changed the game. His 294 yards receiving broke the record held by Troy Walters (278) against UCLA in 1999. Most of his catches came while working against two-way standout Travis Hunter, who had looked like one of the best defensive backs in the country in his first three games at Colorado before getting hurt against Colorado State.

Colorado committed 17 penalties for 127 yards in a game that started at 8:20 pm. E.T. and ended at nearly 12:15 a.m. local time.

Sanders finished with 400 yards passing and five touchdowns and rushed for a team-leading 37 yards. The Buffaloes (4-3, 1-3) got going early by amassing a 29-0 lead. It looked over on Friday the 13th.

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It wasn't.

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 Associated Press contributed to this report.


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