The coach's son, Shedeur Sanders, threw for 510 yards and four touchdowns, including the game-winning 46-yard catch-and-run by true freshman Dylan Edwards with 4:25 left, and the Buffs defeated 17th-ranked TCU, the national runner-up from the previous season, 45-42 on Saturday.
With an extraordinary roster flip, Deion Sanders arrived to Boulder, Colorado, to breathe new life into a long-dormant program.
One of Colorado's 87 newcomers is two-way star Travis Hunter, along with Edwards and Shedeur Sanders. Colorado has only two winning records since 2005 and won one game last season.
Before Shedeur ever had a chance to access the transfer link, Sanders almost named his son the starting quarterback and was almost uncomfortable upfront about informing the CU players from the previous season that they should definitely join in as well.
The collegiate football offseason was dominated by Sanders' rebuilding and a crowded spring game at Folsom Field.
But how will the team appear when the matches began? In his first game as a significant college football coach, Sanders already has a memorable victory as a three-touchdown underdog.
Edwards caught three touchdown passes, one of which was a 75-yarder early in the second half when he made a big play out of another brief pass. He ran for another point as well.
Hunter, a former top recruit who arrived from FCS school Jackson State with the quarterback and coach, recorded 11 receptions for 119 yards. He was one of the two defensive backs who intercepted passes that TCU's Chandler Morris threw into or very close to the end zone. He took part in over 120 snaps.
"They arrived. They were more prepared than we were, I believe they were more enthusiastic, and I believe they played tougher, according to TCU coach Sonny Dykes. "It appeared that they were more committed in the last stretch than we were. Therefore, they deserve a lot of credit for it. I believe their coaching staff did a great job preparing them for the game.
For the first time ever, the Buffaloes had four receivers with 100-yard games: Hunter, Edwards (five catches, 135 yards), Jimmy Horn Jr. (11 catches, 117 yards with a touchdown), and Xavier Weaver (six catches, 118 yards). Shedeur Sanders completed 38 of his 47 attempts. TCU was outgained 565 to 541 total yards against Colorado.
Morris finished 24-of-42 for 279 yards and two touchdowns in the air. Running for 165 yards, Emani Baily. Two plays after Major Everhart's 86-yard kickoff return, Trey Sanders scored a touchdown on a 1-yard run to put the game ahead 42-38.
On a fourth-down play, Edwards scored the winning touchdown. After receiving a ball in the flats, he briefly hesitated before sprinting past the TCU defense and along the sideline.