BOULDER — Colorado played one of its better overall games of the season Saturday but a late Arizona drive produced the game-winning field goal in the final seconds and the Buffaloes fell 34-31 in their home finale.
Deion “Coach Prime” Sanders’ Buffs dropped their fourth in a row and sixth in their last seven to fall to 4-6 overall and 1-6 in Pac-12 play. Arizona improved to 7-3, 5-2.
Colorado led for much of the game but missed a 44-yard field goal try with just under five minutes to play and the score tied at 31-31.
Arizona then took possession and drove deep into Colorado territory. The Buffs were forced to use their final two timeouts and the Wildcats put themselves in position for the 24-yard game winner as time expired. The winning kick provided the only time Arizona held the lead all afternoon.
After two games in which the Buffs failed to surpass the 20-point mark, CU’s offense regained its footing. The Buffs finished with 352 total yards as Shedeur Sanders threw for 252 yards and two touchdowns and Colorado ran for 90 yards, led by 42 from Sanders. Xavier Weaver led CU in receiving with five catches for 84 yards.
Still, CU struggled in the second half. After outplaying the Wildcats for the first 30 minutes — the Buffs led 24-17 at intermission — CU managed just 102 yards offense and one touchdown in five…