knocked out of Colorado football game against Washington State

Colorado quarterback Shadvar Sanders was knocked out of the game against Washington State here Friday night after he was sacked four times in his first 10 plays, including a brutal hit in the first quarter. His right throwing arm was injured.

Sanders, the son of Colorado coach Dion Sanders, returned after throwing a 45-yard touchdown pass to receiver Travis Hunter.

But then he came out of the game and headed to the locker room after a concussion in the second quarter when Colorado trailed 28-7.

A Colorado spokesperson confirmed that he was subsequently ejected from the game.

He was replaced in the first half by freshman backup quarterback Ryan Staub as Colorado again struggled with pass protection, this time against a Cougars team that had lost six straight games.

The Buffaloes (now 4-7) entered the game with the second-most sacks in the nation (49).

However, Sanders suffered all but one of them and previously required painkiller injections to end games.

Yet he never had to miss a game because of all the hits until Friday, when he looked doomed from the start on a chilly fall night here at Martin Stadium.

Washington State took a 14-0 lead with 5:14 left in the first quarter when Sanders was forced to fumble on a hit that appeared to hurt his arm – Cougars guard Ron Stone A helmet-to-shoulder blast from Junior’s back.

Stone’s teammate Brennan Jackson then scooped up the ball and scored a 40-yard fumble return touchdown.

Sanders, a junior, dressed in warm-up gear and watched the game on the sidelines after halftime when the Buffs trailed 42-7. He finished the first half with six completions on 10 attempts for 86 yards and one touchdown without an interception – enough to set Colorado’s single-season passing yards record with 3,230 in 2014. I eclipsed Sefo Liufau (3,200).

However, statistical milestones never mattered to him. Colorado lost 56-14 and closes the regular season next week at Utah.

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