Game Analysis - Colorado

Game Analysis - Colorado

Washington extended their winning streak to four games with a 38-3 rout of Colorado in Boulder. Here's our thoughts on what we saw, what went right and what went wrong as the Huskies got to 7-4 on the season...

Turning Point/Play of the Game: Washington's offense got the ball to start the second half, but went three-and-out. P Travis Coons launched a good kick deep into Colorado territory and the ball inadvertently hit a Buffalo player. As the ball bounced toward the sideline, Husky receiver Kevin Smith tracked it down and tossed the ball back into the field of play where safety Will Shamburger was waiting to recover the ball, giving Washington the ball on the Colorado 35. Three plays later, Price hit Kasen Williams for a 17-yard touchdown and the rout was on.

Offensive Player of the Game: Bishop Sankey had a huge game, but when your quarterback throws for five scores and no interceptions, you have to give it to him. Price completed 22 of his 29 attempts for 248 yards and five touchdowns, a career-high, and no interceptions. What is even more amazing is how he recovered from a spotty start where he missed a wide open Austin Seferian-Jenkins on Washington's third possession which would have given the Huskies an early 7-0 lead, but he held tough and played much better the rest of the way hitting Cody Bruns, Kendyl Taylor, Jaydon Mickens, Williams and Seferian-Jenkins for scores later in the game.

Defensive Player of the Game: Travis Feeney was around the ball most of the day and easily led the team with 10 tackles to go along with a sack and a tackle-for-loss.

Key Stat: Washington allowed the Buffaloes just 140 yards of offense, including only 51 through the air. Colorado was also just 3 of 14 in converting third downs.

Handouts to the standouts: Josh Shirley had one of his best games of the season. He was constantly in the Colorado backfield, harassing the Buffalo quarterbacks and notched five tackles and two sacks and one forced fumble that was recovered by Seferian-Jenkins; Shaquille Thompson posted a tackle and an interception; Andrew Hudson notched a sack and a tackle; Sean Parker totaled five tackles and an interception on the day; Sankey rushed for 139 yards on 23 carries and also had four receptions for 48 more yards; Williams had seven receptions for 80 yards and a touchdown; Taylor had nine carries for 78 yards and got his first touchdown on a 23-yard catch and run in the third quarter (notably the first touchdown of his college career); Seferian-Jenkins hauled in three receptions for 22 yards and had a touchdown as well as the fumble recovery that set up Washington's third touchdown of the day; Mickens had one reception and it was a meaningful one for him – his first touchdown as a Husky – an 18-yarder that was Washington's final points of the day; Bruns scored his first touchdown as a Husky – a three-yard reception late in the second quarter to give the Huskies a 7-0 lead and finished the day with three receptions for 33 yards and a score.

Needs work: For some reason, this team, specifically the offense, just seems to comes out flat. It doesn't matter who the opponent is, they seem to just come out unemotional and they are not very sharp. This game could have been over before halftime with the way the defense was playing, but penalties and missed opportunities, including a missed field goal, really could have cost this team the game. Luckily it didn't.

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