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

same.

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

Saturday.

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

years.

”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

time.

”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

guy.”

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

September 2001.

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

carries.

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

punt.

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

down 38-17

”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

out there.”

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