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November 1, 2014 at 8:15 PM

Game report: Dante Pettis’ 87-yard punt return highlights UW’s second-half rally

Washington running back Shaq Thompson waves to the crowd as he heads off field after Washington's 38-23 victory over Colorado in an NCAA college football game in Boulder, Colo., on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Washington running back Shaq Thompson waves to the crowd as he heads off field after Washington’s 38-23 victory over Colorado in an NCAA college football game in Boulder, Colo., on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

GAME REPORT: Washington 38, Colorado 23

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Shaq Thompson, playing exclusively at running back against Colorado, rushed for 174 yards on 15 carries and scored on a 24-yard run in the first quarter. He also had a 41-yard reception late in the first half that sparked a key drive.

PLAY OF THE GAME

Facing a fourth-and-one at the Colorado 24 and already trailing 10-0, Washington elected to go for it and scored on Thompson’s 24-yard run. The touchdown made it 10-7 with 1:02 left in the first quarter.

Washington punt returner Dante Pettis, left, is congratulated after his kick return for a touchdown by Tom Socha, the team's strength and conditioning coach, while facing Colorado in the fourth quarter of Washington's 38-23 victory in an NCAA college football game in Boulder, Colo., on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski

Washington punt returner Dante Pettis, left, is congratulated after his kick return for a touchdown by Tom Socha, the team’s strength and conditioning coach, while facing Colorado in the fourth quarter of Washington’s 38-23 victory in an NCAA college football game in Boulder, Colo., on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski

TURNING POINT

The Huskies were trailing 23-17 in the third quarter and had just fumbled the ball away at the Colorado 14 when the Buffaloes fumbled the ball back to the Huskies three plays later. After Andrew Hudson recovered the fumble, Washington drove 46 yards in five plays, capped off by a 28-yard touchdown pass from Cyler Miles to Dante Pettis. The touchdown put the Huskies ahead 24-23 with 5:38 left in the third quarter.

BY THE NUMBERS

215 — All-purpose yards for Thompson on Saturday.

3 — Turnovers by each team.

13 — Receptions, for 138 yards, for Colorado receiver Nelson Spruce, who came into the game leading the Pac-12 in catches.

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