The No. 15 Washington Huskies (6-2, 4-1 Pac-12) have controlled the all-time series between the Colorado Buffaloes (5-2, 2-2 Pac-12) in recent years, extending their streak to nine straight with a 27-13 win on Saturday.
This is a much different feeling, but the same result from past meetings between the Pac-12 foes. Colorado came out more competitive and Washington never completely ran away until late in the second half. Jake Browning’s only touchdown pass decided the outcome for the Huskies, a 26-yard pass to Aaron Fuller on 4th-and-five sealing the game at that point putting UW up by two scores. Browning finished going 15-of-25 for 150 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
A rash of injuries for both teams played a factor in the game. CU didn’t have America’s best overall skill player Laviska Shenault Jr., along with fellow receiver Jay MacIntyre, defensive back Delrick Abrams and kicker James Stefanou. Washington’s all-time leading rusher Myles Gaskin was also sidelined with a shoulder injury, which considering the history would be an advantage for the Buffs.
Colorado struck first on offense to take an early 7-0 lead. Steven Montez’s 37-yard touchdown pass to Daniel Arias went for his first career catch and score at the 9:20 mark of the first quarter. Washington would take a little bit of time to answer, but marched down the field on their third possession of the game to knot up the score at seven with a Salvon Ahmed run from 17 yards out. The Buffs regained the lead on the next possession with Evan Price’s 37-yard field goal. The first ever in the young career for the Buffs kicker, giving them a 10-7 advantage at the 11:03 mark of the second quarter.
Kamari Pleasant scored Washington’s second rushing touchdown on the ensuing possession, taking the lead back from the Buffs with 5:39 left before halftime. Colorado took advantage of Browning throwing a pick to Nick Fisher, but came away with a 26-yard field goal from Price to reduce the Huskies lead to a single point at halftime.
Colorado was once again rendered to very little offensive production in the second half. A total of 33 plays for 91 yards in 14:01 in time of possession. Montez threw for 144 yards and didn’t break the 200-yard mark for a second consecutive game.
The Buffs stay in the race for the Pac-12 South. With a favorable schedule to finish the season, Colorado could still be in the conversation for a trip to the Pac-12 Championship at the end of next month. Oregon State heads to Boulder for a homecoming affair with CU next week. A chance of becoming bowl eligible is what’s at stake for the Buffs against the Beavers.