The route UW took today maybe wasn’t the straightest in the world — I could tell there was some frustration out there in the comments section at halftime.
Ultimately, though, the Huskies won this game by the margin you expected they would — and in some of the stats maybe even more dominating a fashion than thought.
Colorado’s 141 yards are the fewest UW has allowed since San Jose State got 133 in 2004, and the fewest in a conference game since USC was held to 124 in 1996.
And while he may have missed a few throws early, it turned into a record-setting day for Keith Price as he tied the UW mark with five touchdown passes in one game. Colorado, to be sure, is the Pac-12’s get-well card this year, and the Huskies took full advantage.
This was UW’s fourth straight win, just the second time they have done that since 2001 (and first in a regular season — the other was 2010, winning the last three and then the Holiday Bowl). UW will be solidly favored to make it five in a row Friday at WSU and get an eighth win for the first time since 2001.
As the stats indicate, it was pretty much a team effort with the way the defense held down Colorado and the offense came to life in the fourth quarter.
Personnel wise, there were no huge surprises. The offensive line was the same for a fourth straight game and overcame some early issues to solidify itself in the second half. Bishop Sankey fumbled early to typify some of the early sloppiness, but he also came on to get his third straight 100-yard game (and Kendyl Taylor, pictured above in an AP photo, got a lot of work late to finish with a career-high 78 yards).
Defensively, the linebacking trio of Shaq Thompson, Travis Feeney and John Timu had another solid game — and continue to give hope for the future with all three being freshmen or sophomores.
And Steve Sarkisian made special note of the play of the secondary in covering CU’s receivers. Not the toughest task among Pac-12 teams, to be sure, but it was done today without Desmond Trufant, who Sarkisian said should be good to go for the Apple Cup.
And Kevin Smith’s play alone just about made the day for the special teams, which otherwise were sort of sloppy with a missed field goal, the dropped punt snap and allowing a 59-yard kickoff return.
Certainly, a bit more anxiety early than seemed required. But the game was also never in doubt, and maybe it says something about UW’s progress in the last month that it could play as unevenly as it did for a while and still win by 35.
Now for a few links. …
— Here’s my game story, focusing in part on Price’s big day.
— Steve Kelley wrote about the big play by Kevin Smith that helped finally turn things UW’s way.
— The notebook leads off with Cody Bruns finally finding the end zone.
— Here’s a sidebar on the defense.
— Here’s the 2-Minute Drill with some notes and quotes on the game.
— The Boulder Daily Camera says CU’s offense seemed stuck in the mud.
— The Camera also says there were some moments of improvement for the CU defense.
— CU offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy says he was “pissed off” about the lack of production for the Buffs.
— Here’s the coverage from The Denver Post.
— The Huskies now play a Washington State team that was blown out 46-7 and that Bud Withers says appears to be having no fun at all.