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Price leads Washington's 59-7 rout of Colorado
WASHINGTON 59, COLORADO 7
By TIM BOOTH
AP Sports Writer
SEATTLE (AP) -- Keith Price threw for two touchdowns and ran for
one as part of a huge first half where Washington racked up
nearly 500 yards on offense, and the Huskies routed Colorado
59-7 to become bowl eligible for the fourth straight season.
Price was masterful in the first half. He completed 22 of 29
throws for 312 yards and two scores. He found backup tight end
Joshua Perkins sliding out the backdoor for a 6-yard TD pass
that gave the Huskies a 17-7 lead, then hit Austin
Seferian-Jenkins on a 15-yard jump ball on the last scrimmage
play of the first half for a 31-7 lead at the break.
Washington (6-3, 3-3 Pac-12) ran 59 plays and finished with 464
total yards in the first half.
Sefo Liufau found Paul Richardson for a 53-yard touchdown in the
first quarter that served as the lone highlight for the
Buffaloes. Colorado (3-6, 0-6) lost its 14th straight conference
game, 13 of them by more than 20 points.
Washington's 59 points were the fifth most since 1945. They
finished with 628 total yards, the fourth time this season
topping 600 and did not attempt a pass in the second half.
Washington added 21 third-quarter points and ran only five
offensive plays. Tre Watson intercepted a deflected pass and
returned it 84 yards for a touchdown, the longest interception
return by the Huskies since 1997. Marcus Peters scooped up a
fumble forced by Josh Shirley and raced 53 yards for another
defensive score and Price capped the Huskies only drive of the
quarter with a 4-yard TD run.
It was the first time Washington had two defensive touchdowns in
a game since Nov. 9, 2002 against Oregon State.
For all the impressive throws Price made in the first half, his
most memorable moment came with his feet. Facing second-down at
the Colorado 18, Price scrambled from the rush, raced for the
end zone and blasted through Buffaloes' safety Parker Orms at
the goal line for his third rushing touchdown of the season.
Price checked out after his second touchdown run, giving way to
backup Cyler Miles. Price added another 29 yards rushing, but it
was his passing that tore apart the Buffaloes defense. Price hit
seven different receivers and had six completions of 20 yards or
Bishop Sankey added 143 yards rushing and a 1-yard TD run in the
first quarter. Sankey entered the weekend No. 3 in the country
averaging 145 yards per game and if not for the blowout, likely
would have exceeded his average.
Colorado had a chance to at least make the second half
interesting before an odd decision by coach Mike MacIntyre.
Liufau drove the Buffaloes to the Washington 39 late in the
first half and hit Nelson Spruce for 5 yards to set up
fourth-and-1 at the Huskies 34. Colorado used two timeouts and
instead of trying to convert the short fourth-down attempt,
settled for a 51-yard field goal try that was wide right.
Washington got the ball back with 48 seconds and three timeouts.
Price hit Sankey on completions of 19 and 16 yards, and found
Jaydon Mickens for 21. With seven seconds left, Price threw down
the middle for Seferian-Jenkins, who used his 6-foot-6 frame to
block out the Colorado defender and haul in his fifth TD of the
The touchdown pulled Price into 10th place all-time in Pac-12
history, tying him with Carson Palmer with 72 career TD passes.
Richardson was questionable to play with an ankle injury, but
looked just fine on his long TD reception that put him over
1,000 yards receiving for the season. Richardson had three
catches for 77 yards and Liufau finished 12 of 22 for 160 yards
and two interceptions.
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