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Colorado stuns Washington in home finale, 20-14

Buffs stay alive with bowl eligibility on the line next week vs. No. 7 Utah

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After losing the past nine games in the series against Washington going back to 1999, Colorado found another reason to celebrate on Senior Day.

Alex Fontenot rushed for 105 yards and a touchdown to seal the 20-14 win for the Buffs and kept postseason hopes alive going into the final week of the season. The last time a Huskies team was defeated in Boulder came during the national championship season of 1990.

Steven Montez became CU’s all-time passing leader (61) with a 39-yard strike to Laviska Shenault Jr. at the 1:37 mark before halftime. An unreal grab with the star receiver battling Washington defender Trent McDuffie for his fourth touchdown catch of the season. Montez finished a flawless outing throwing for 223 yard and the score.

The Buffaloes took a 13-0 halftime lead over the heavily-favored Huskies and stood behind a solid defensive effort in the second half.

Washington’s second touchdown of the game came early in the fourth quarter, a 15-yard pass from Jacob Eason to Cade Otton to close CU’s lead to six points with 12:35 remaining. From that point on, the Buffs defense held Eason to -3 yards on UW’s final two possessions.

Montez and the Buffs ran the final 5:09 off the clock to preserve Colorado's first win over Washington as a member of the Pac-12. A season-low 238 yards of total offense for the Huskies, including the Buffs holding UW rushers to 32 yards on 32 carries. An unprecedented effort for CU, who has allowed Washington an average of 256.4 yards on the ground the previous seven meetings.

Colorado outgained Washington 430-238 on the night.

A similar story to the previous three contests with the Huskies outscoring the Buffs in the second half, but a much different result. Colorado came into Saturday allowing Washington a 67-6 second half advantage since the 2016 Pac-12 Championship, and lost all three games by an average of 24 points.

Up Next:

Colorado (5-6, 3-5 Pac-12) moves on to face 7th-ranked Utah in the “Rumble in the Rockies” season finale next week. A win would be historic for the Buffaloes, who snapped a five-game losing streak three weeks ago and it would make CU bowl eligible for the first time since 2016.

Washington wraps up the season in a Pacific Northwest battle with Washington State. Both teams come into the Apple Cup with a 6-5 record on the season.