Washington 52, Colorado 24
The names changed with every score Washington posted in its
nearly perfect first 30 minutes.
The guy orchestrating Saturday’s onslaught remained the
Keith Price continued his assault on Washington’s record book
with four first-half touchdown passes, and Washington made its case
for a national ranking with an impressive 52-24 rout of Colorado on
Price’s TD passes went to four different receivers, setting the
tone for the day. Seven different Huskies scored as Washington
topped the 50-point mark for the first time in more than 10
”The guy plays. In the football world, he’s a baller,”
Washington coach Steve Sarkisian said. ”He just plays the game. I
love coaching him. It’s fun.”
In general, it was an afternoon of continued progression for the
Huskies in their continual climb out of their 0-12 hole in 2008
back to Pac-12 legitimacy. The win gave the Huskies their first 5-1
start in a decade, their first 3-0 start in conference play since
1997 and almost certainly a return to the AP Top 25 after barely
missing out on the poll the last two weeks.
It also highlighted Washington’s ability to handle success. They
were favored by two touchdowns, coming off an impressive road
victory two weeks ago at Utah. Next week, the Huskies travel to
Stanford for a crucial Pac-12 North showdown.
Instead of coming out flat against the overmatched Buffaloes,
the Huskies put together a first half that was so impressive
Sarkisian felt almost like he was transported back to his days at
USC when he helped choreograph the most dynamic offense of its
”It’s fascinating. It hasn’t been this way in a long time for
me personally,” Sarkisian said. ”When I’m calling plays for this
football team right now, I’m not calling plays for a specific
The Huskies compiled nearly 400 yards of offense in the first
half and led 38-10 at the break behind TD passes of 17, 11, 14 and
4 yards by the sophomore quarterback. Price now has 21 TDs on the
season, tied for fourth most in Washington history for
single-season TD passes with six games remaining.
Washington (5-1, 3-0 Pac-12) has now scored at least 30 points
or more in its first six games for the first time in school
history. The 52 points were the most since posting 53 on Idaho in
The Huskies scored on all six possessions in the first half and
did not punted until the opening drive of the second half when a
penalty slowed their march near midfield.
Price exploited the middle of Colorado’s defense and didn’t make
any risky throws. He threw just four incompletions in the first
half and when he did make a bad toss, he answered immediately.
The example: Price missed Devin Aguilar for a potential
touchdown midway through the second quarter, but on the next play,
he found running back Chris Polk for a 14-yard TD to give the
Huskies a 28-10 lead.
”We could have (struck) earlier than we did. I just overthrew
that ball,” Price said. ”But I think we’re getting better.”
Price added TD throws of 17 yards to Jermaine Kearse, 11 yards
to Austin Seferian-Jenkins and 4 yards to Aguilar to round out his
total. Kevin Smith added a 22-yard TD run on a reverse in the first
quarter, becoming the first Washington player other than Polk or
former quarterback Jake Locker to score a rushing touchdown since
Sept. 12, 2009. Jesse Callier and Bishop Sankey also had rushing
touchdowns for the Huskies.
Polk didn’t find the end zone rushing, but did top 100 yards for
the 16th time in his Washington career, one behind Napoleon
Kaufman’s school record. Polk finished with 117 yards on 18
Playing healthy for the first time since the season opener after
suffering knee and ankle injuries, Price finished 21 of 28 for 257
yards, didn’t commit a turnover and wasn’t sacked. Price was the
beneficiary of a timely bye week and used it to heal.
”Keith was just feeding everyone and everyone was making plays
when the opportunity came,” Kearse said.
Price exited the game with 1:05 left in the third quarter and
was replaced by redshirt freshman Nick Montana, son of Hall of Fame
QB Joe Montana. On his first college play, Montana was sacked from
behind, fumbled and Colorado recovered.
The turnover led to Tony Jones’ second TD run of the second half
for Colorado, but that amounted to the majority of the Buffaloes’
highlights. Colorado (1-6, 0-3) lost its 21st consecutive road game
and the loudest cheer from the gold and black clad fans in the west
end zone came when the Buffaloes finally forced Washington to
Colorado can chalk up the loss as part of the transition perdiod
as it gets acclimated to the Pac-12. The Buffaloes were hampered by
a knee injury running back Rodney Stewart sustained in the first
quarter, which led to his early exit from the game. Stewart and the
Buffaloes racked up 70 yards on their first possession and had 199
the rest of the game.
Colorado QB Tyler Hansen was 18 of 30 for 155 yards and a 5-yard
TD pass to Kyle Cefalo on the Buffaloes opening drive. By the time
Colorado found the end zone again in the third quarter, they were
”They have to go out and compete and have some pride,”
Colorado coach Jon Embree said. ”There’s nothing magical you can
tell them. We have what we have so we have to understand when we’re
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