The Huskies compiled nearly 400 yards of offense in the first half and led 38-10 at the break behind TD passes of 17, 11, 14 and 4 yards by the sophomore quarterback. Price now has 21 TDs on the season, tied for fourth most in Washington history for single-season TD passes.
Washington (5-1, 3-0) has now scored at least 30 points or more in its first six games for the first time in school history and is 5-1 for the first time in a decade. The 52 points were the most since 2001.
Colorado (1-6, 0-3) hung around early, but its offense wasn't able to keep up, especially after running back Rodney Stewart left in the first half with knee injury.
Colorado had 70 yards of offense on its opening drive, but managed just 34 the rest of the half. Stewart didn't touch the ball for the rest of the game after running for two yards late in the first quarter. He was ruled out at halftime with a sprained knee and finished with 42 yards rushing on four carries.
Even if Stewart was able to stay in the game, the end result would probably have been the same with the way Washington's offense dominated the first half. The Huskies, who improved to 3-0 in conference play for the first time since 1997, scored on all six possessions and never punted until the opening drive of the second half when a penalty slowed their drive near midfield.
The win set up a crucial Pac-12 North showdown next Saturday night when Washington faces Stanford.
Price orchestrated the Huskies' first six drives masterfully. He exploited the middle of Colorado's defense and didn't make any risky throws. He threw just four incompletions in the first half and when he did make a mistake, he answered immediately.
Price missed Devin Aguilar on a corner route for a potential touchdown midway through the second quarter, but respondend on the next play, hitting running back Chris Polk for a 14-yard TD to give the Huskies a 28-10 lead.
Price added TD throws of 17 yards to Jermaine Kearse, 11 yards to Austin Seferian-Jenkins and 4 yards to Aguilar to round out his total. Kevin Smith added a 22-yard TD run on a reverse in the first quarter, becoming the first Washington player other than Polk or former quarterback Jake Locker to score a rushing touchdown since Sept. 12, 2009. Jesse Callier and Bishop Sankey also had rushing touchdowns for the Huskies.
Polk didn't find the end zone rushing, but did top 100 yards for the 16th time in his Washington career, one behind Napoleon Kaufman's school record. Polk finished with 117 yards on 18 carries.
Price finished 21 of 28 for 257 yards, didn't commit a turnover and wasn't sacked. Price exited the game with 1:05 left in the third quarter and was replaced by redshirt freshman Nick Montana, son of Hall of Fame QB Joe Montana. On his first college play, Montana was sacked from behind, fumbled and Colorado recovered.
The turnover led to Tony Jones' second TD run of the second half for Colorado, but that amounted to the majority of the Buffaloes' highlights. Colorado lost its 21st consecutive road game and the loudest cheer from the gold and black clad fans in the west end zone came when the Buffaloes finally forced Washington to punt.
Colorado QB Tyler Hansen was 18 of 30 for 155 yards and a 5-yard TD pass to Kyle Cefalo on the Buffaloes opening drive.
Huskies handle Colorado 52-24
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