BOULDER, Colo. — The Huskies rallied from a 10-point first-half deficit to defeat Colorado 38-23 Saturday at Folsom Field. The victory snapped a two-game losing skid for Washington (6-3, 2-3). Here are three early impressions:
Shaq, Shaq and more Shaq: For a linebacker, Shaq Thompson has turned into one heck of a running back. By halftime, the 228-pound junior had 151 yards and one touchdown on 10 carries. He also had a 41-yard reception, and again proved to be UW’s best option out of the backfield. For now, at least, he’s UW’s full-time featured running back. Lavon Coleman and Dwayne Washington didn’t play, and Deontae Cooper finished with just a handful of carries.
Miles better: Thompson’s 24-yard touchdown run in the first quarter came after a well-time pitch from quarterback Cyler Miles on an option play to the right. Miles had picked up a first down earlier on the same play. Overall, Miles looked comfortable a week after sitting out against Arizona State because of a concussion. He was credited with two lost fumbles — one on a snap that was a tad high, the other on a botched exchange with Thompson — but he did throw for two touchdowns and was mostly effective after a slow start.
More special scores: Thompson didn’t play at all on defense — after playing only one snap at linebacker against Arizona State last week — but the UW defense again found a way into the end zone. Travis Feeney returned a Sefo Liufau interception 30 yards in the third quarter to extend UW’s lead to 31-23. True freshman Dante Pettis — who earlier had his first touchdown, on a 28-yard pass from Miles — added an 87-yard punt return for a TD to push UW’s lead to 38-23 early in the fourth quarter. That was UW’s first punt return for a TD since Charles Frederick did it at Oregon State in 2003, the longest streak without one among all Power Five conference teams.
— Washington Huskies (@UWAthletics) November 1, 2014