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Colorado's two-way star Travis Hunter scores two touchdowns in return from lacerated liver
University of Colorado two-way standout Travis Hunter returned earlier than expected after suffering a lacerated liver on an illegal hit Sept. 16 against Colorado State
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Two-way standout Travis Hunter returned from a lacerated liver that sidelined him for three games and played the roles of both hero and goat in Colorado's 46-43 collapse against Stanford on Friday night.
Hunter led the Buffaloes with 13 catches for 140 yards and two touchdowns in his first game in nearly a month, and he collected five solo tackles on defense.
But he also was burned by Cardinal star receiver Elic Ayomanor, whose school-record 294-yard performance was highlighted by a 30-yard touchdown catch in the first overtime. The stout sophomore corralled Ashton Daniels' throw on the back of Hunter's helmet, held on as their momentum took both into the end zone and lifted the ball over Hunter's head just as he backpedaled in for the score.
Coach Deion Sanders didn't hold back on Hunter's workload and when it was suggested that decision will be scrutinized in light of Ayomanor's big day, Sanders retorted, “His conditioning is great. There were some plays he made and some plays he didn't. Just so happens the plays he didn't make at the end are magnified. But the plays he made kept us in that game.”