Game Analysis - UW/Colorado

Washington racked up 562 yards and 52 points, putting away Colorado early and playing lot of youngsters in the second half. Here is a closer look at how things went, who shined and what still needs to be worked on as they prepare to face off against Stanford next week on the road...

Turning Point: Washington's opening drive. Again, the Husky offense came out and made plays early and often and let the Buffaloes know it was going to be a long day for their defense as the Dawgs took the opening kickoff and marched 65 yards in seven plays with QB Keith Price hitting WR Jermaine Kearse for a 17-yard touchdown pass, setting the tone for the day.

Offensive Player of the Game: QB Keith Price. Can there be any doubt on this? All the sophomore signal-caller did in the first half was go 18 of 23 for 230 yards with four touchdowns, making it very tough on the Buffalo defense. He finished the day 21 of 28 for 257 yards and the four touchdowns and wasn't sacked.

Defensive Player of the Game: DT Alameda Ta'amu. The senior defensive tackle had one of his best games of the season, totaling five tackles including a half a sack and 1.5 tackles-for-loss, including one late in the third quarter that saw him blast through the line to drop RB Tony Jones for a six-yard loss.

Key Stat: Washington had six possessions in the first half and totaled five touchdowns and a 42-yard field goal from Erik Folk as time expired to go into locker room with a 38-17 lead. The 38 first half points were the most since the Huskies scored 41 against Oregon State in 1999.

Handouts to the standouts: Price's day was almost perfect as he completed 21 of 28 attempts for 257 yards and four touchdowns before he gave way to Nick Montana at the end of the third quarter; WR Kevin Smith and RB Jesse Callier, both sophomores, and freshman RB Bishop Sankey scored their first touchdowns as Huskies, all on the ground. Smith's came in the first quarter on a 22-yard end around, while Callier's came on an inside handoff he took over the right side for 26 yards and Sankey's was a one-yard dive to put the final points on the board; Washington's offensive line paved the way for 295 yards rushing and kept Price upright all day; LB Cort Dennison led the Huskies for the fourth-straight game, totaling six tackles; Ta'amu had one of his best games of the year, posting five tackles, a half a sack and 1.5 tackles-for-loss; S Will Shamburger, getting his first extensive playing time on defense, totaled four tackles; Walk-on DE Pete Galbraith had his "Rudy" moment, getting in for a sack late in the game.

Needs work: While the defense continues to improve, they still give up too many yards on third-down and allowed the Buffs to go 8 of 17 on third downs in the game. That being said, they only gave up 269 yards of offense and got after the quarterback as the game went along, totaling four sacks and at least five pressures during the game.


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