Deion Sanders after his son gets painkiller injection in loss: `You go get new linemen’
PASADENA, Calif. – Colorado quarterback Shedeur Sanders got battered, slammed and chased so often here Saturday night that his father Deion struggled to come up with a way to stop it.
But what could either of them do?
Colorado’s overmatched offensive line kept collapsing, making Shedeur Sanders a sitting duck for UCLA’s vaunted defense. The No. 24 Bruins (6-2) sacked him five times in the first half, leading him to get painkiller injection at halftime before the Buffaloes finally succumbed in a 28-16 loss at the Rose Bowl.
“The big picture, you go get new linemen,” Colorado coach Deion Sanders said afterward. “That’s the picture, and I’m gonna paint if perfectly.”
After capturing the nation’s attention with a 3-0 start, Colorado is now 4-4 with no relief in sight with four games left in the regular season. The Buffaloes next host No. 12 Oregon State Saturday at home, hoping they can find ways to survive on offense with an offensive line that struggled mightily before Saturday and then suffered some injury setbacks to make it even worse.I’m a little biased because I’m his father, but I think we have the best quarterback in the country,” Deion Sanders said. “I don’t think any other quarterback can put up with, stand and deliver like ours do, week in and week out and take in the beating that he’s taken. We’ve got to address that.”
What else did Deion Sanders say?
The Buffs’ first-year coach said his team got its “butts kicked” but also “played their butts off.” He noted how the only game his team didn’t have a chance to win this season was its 42-6 loss at Oregon last month.
Even in this game, despite his woeful offensive line, Colorado was competitive and capable of winning for most of it but didn’t score its first touchdown until there was 2:37 left in front of a sellout crowd of 71,343.
Deion Sanders even said he was proud of his team.
They hung in there as long as they could,” Deion Sanders said.
The biggest issue was the lack of protection for his quarterback, who entered the game ranked second nationally in passing yards per game with (345.7) despite all that. On Saturday, Shedeur Sanders was sacked seven times and finished with 27-for-43 passing for 217 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions.