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Led by new head coach Deion Sanders, Colorado shocks 17th-ranked TCU; 11th-ranked Texas, 23rd-ranked Texas A&M roll to convincing victories, but Baylor stumbles in loss to Texas State

It didn’t take long for the 2023 College Football season to make history, and it came at the expense of the 17th-ranked Texas Christian Horned Frogs.

After putting Colorado through an unprecedented remodel during the offseason, new head coach Deion Sanders led the Buffaloes to a shocking 45-42 upset of TCU Saturday at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth. With the Horned Frogs playing in their first game since appearing in the College Football Playoff National Championship game, the Buffaloes ignored being a 21-point underdog to give their new head coach the first win by an underdog of more than 20 points in his coaching debut since the 1978 FBS/FCS split.

In other Texas major college action, the 11th-ranked Texas Longhorns shook off a slow start to shoot down the Rice Owls, 37-10, and the 23rd-ranked Texas A&M Aggies rolled past the New Mexico Lobos, 52-10, but the Texas State Bobcats stunned the Baylor Bears, 42-31.

COLORADO Buffaloes 45, No. 17 TEXAS CHRISTIAN Horned Frogs 42

Colorado transfer quarterback Shedeur Sanders completed 38 of 47 passes for 510 yards, the most passing yards by a player in his FBS debut over the past 25 years, to lead the Buffaloes to a shocking 45-42 victory over 17th-ranked TCU Saturday afternoon at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth in new head coach Deion Sanders’ debut.

Becoming the first Colorado quarterback ever to top the 500-yard mark, Shedeur Sanders transferred from Jackson State to play for his father along with Travis Hunter, who became the first Division I player in the past 20 seasons to have 100 receiving yards (11 catches for 119 yards) and an interception in the same game.

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No. 11 TEXAS Longhorns 37, RICE Owls 10

Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers passed for 260 yards and connected with three different receivers on scoring strikes as the 11th-ranked Longhorns stampeded past the Rice Owls, 37-10, Saturday afternoon at Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin.

After Rice took an early 3-0 lead, the Longhorns responded with 37 unanswered points to bury the Owls. Ewers tossed touchdown passes to Ja’Tavion Sanders, Jonathan Brooks and Adonai Mitchell and added a running score to lead Texas to a convincing season-opening victory.

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No. 23rd TEXAS A&M Aggies 52, NEW MEXICO Lobos 10

With offensive coordinator Bobby Petrino calling the plays, Texas A&M quarterback Conner Weigman threw for 236 yards and a career-high five touchdowns as the 23rd-ranked Aggies Texas A&M rolled to a 52-10 victory over the New Mexico at Kyle Field in College Station.

Evan Stewart led the Aggies with 115 yards receiving and two scores, while Noah Thomas finished with 74 yards receiving and three touchdowns. Texas A&M’s 52 points were the most the Aggies have scored against an FBS opponent in the regular season since a 74-72, seven-overtime victory over LSU on Nov. 24, 2018.

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TEXAS STATE Bobcats 42, BAYLOR Bears 31

Getting their first-ever win over a team from a Power Five conference, the Texas State Bobcats stunned the Baylor Bears, 42-21, Saturday night at McLane Stadium in Waco.

In Texas State head coach GJ Kinne’s debut, the Bobcats scored on six of their first nine possessions to take a commanding lead they never relinquished. Baylor wasted a strong first half performance from quarterback Blake Shapen, who threw for 303 yards and two touchdowns before leaving the game with an injury in the second half.

After winning the Big 12 championship two years ago, the Bears have now dropped five consecutive games after closing out the 2022 campaign with four straight loses.

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Texas FBS College Scoreboard

Colorado 45, at No. 17 TCU 42

at No. 11 Texas 37, Rice 10

at No. 23 Texas A&M 52, New Mexico 10

Texas St 42, at Baylor 31

at SMU 38, Louisiana Tech 14

at Houston 17, UTSA 14

at Wyoming 35, Texas Tech 33

California 58, at North Texas 21

at Troy 48, Stephen F Austin 30

at UTEP 28, Incarnate Word 14

at BYU 14, Sam Houston St 0

Texas FCS College Scoreboard

No. 8 Sacramento St 38, at Nicholls 24

No. 13 Idaho 42, at Lamar 17

No. 17 UC Davis 48, at Texas A&M-Commerce 10

at Abilene Christian 31, Northern Colorado 11

at Houston Christian 66, Arkansas Baptist 0

Tarleton State 52, at McNeese 34

Prairie View 37, at Texas Southern 34

Texas DII College Scoreboard

No. 5 Angelo State 38, at West Alabama 14

Texas A&M-Kingsville 30, at Colorado Mesa 10

at Western Colorado 28, West Texas A&M 6

at UT-Permian Basin 96, Texas College 0

at Western New Mexico 42, Sul Ross St 28

at CSU-Pueblo 37, Midwestern State 8

Texas DIII College Scoreboard

at No. 23 UW-River Falls 45, No. 3 Mary Hardin-Baylor 22

at No. 8 Saint John’s (MN) 34, No. 9 Trinity (TX) 31

at No. 13 Hardin-Simmons 47, Albright 3

at Louisiana Christian 34, East Texas Baptist 14

Birmingham-Southern 20, at McMurry 13

Neb Wesleyan 19, at Austin College 7

at Wis-Oshkosh 48, Texas Lutheran 31

at Cal Lutheran 41, Southwestern (TX) 35

Howard Payne 17, at George Fox 3

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