Deion Sanders 'proud' of Colorado's comeback effort vs. USC

BOULDER, Colo. -- Colorado Buffaloes coach Deion Sanders opened his news conference Saturday with some dark humor. "A wonderful win," he said, before smiling. "I'm just joking."

Colorado didn't win against No. 8 USC, falling 48-41 before a sellout crowd at Folsom Field that included celebrities from the sports and entertainment world. Led by

quarterback Shedeur Sanders, the Buffaloes outscored the Trojans 27-14 in the second half and 14-0 in the fourth quarter, while outgaining coach Linco.ln Riley's offense 564-498

Neither Deion nor Shedeur Sanders believes in moral victories -- "I don't know what that means," Shedeur said

but Colorado's strong second half against reigning Heisman Trophy winner Caleb Williams and the Trojans continued to reset expectations and optimism for a program that went 1-11 in 2022.

"Overall, I'm really proud," Deion Sanders said. "Not only of the young men, [but] the coaches, the fan base, the student body. I'm truly proud of the way we represented Boulder today."

After a 42-6 loss last week at Oregon, in which they were nearly shut out, the Buffaloes appeared headed for another reality check against a Pac-12 heavyweight. USC raced out

to a 34-7 lead behind four touchdown passes from Williams, who finished with six and 403 yards. Colorado trailed 41-14 midway through the third quarter following the second touchdown reception by Brenden Rice, who started his career with the Buffaloes.