Following a targeting call just before halftime, Colorado defender Shilo Sanders was declared ineligible for Saturday’s Rose Bowl game against UCLA.
Late in the second quarter, with UCLA ahead 7–6, and in Colorado territory, Bruins quarterback Ethan Garbers found running back Carsen Ryan on a cross-field pass. Sanders seemed to lead with his shoulder on the hit as he charged full speed toward Ryan. But Sanders’ helmet struck Ryan’s during the collision.
On what would have been a third-down stop, the tackle, who is the son of Buffaloes coach Deion Sanders, flexed in celebration. After the play was examined and determined to be targeting, the Bruins were awarded a first down, and Shilo Sanders was forced to the sidelines for the remainder of the game.
This season, Sanders has racked up 36 tackles, one forced fumble, and one interception.
After beginning the season 3-0, the Buffaloes led by Deion Sanders are now 4-3. Colorado needs two more victories in its next five games to qualify for the bowl for the first time since 2020, one year after the Buffaloes finished 1-11.