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Husky Football Blog

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November 1, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Washington 38, Colorado 23: Three impressions

Washington wide receiver Kasen Williams, left, celebrates with running back Shaq Thompson after Thompson's touchdown run against Colorado in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Boulder, Colo., on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Washington wide receiver Kasen Williams, left, celebrates with running back Shaq Thompson after Thompson’s touchdown run against Colorado in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Boulder, Colo., on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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.

 

 

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