Game Analysis - Colorado

After a slow start, the Huskies got things going late in the first half and sustained that momentum in the second half as they ran away from Colorado by a score of 38-23. Here's a closer look at what went right, what went wrong and what needs to get fixed heading into next Saturday's game against UCLA at Husky Stadium...

Turning Point/Play of the Game: After taking their first lead of the game with 5:31 left in the third quarter, the Husky defense, which already led the nation in defensive touchdowns, came up being again. Colorado QB Sefo Liufau dropped back to pass on 2nd-and-8 from the Colorado 29. LB Travis Feeney stepped in front of his pass, hauled in the interception and then proceeded to rumble 30 yards for the score. The play completely changed the complexion of the game and really seemed to take the wind out of the sails of the Colorado offense and the confidence away from Liufau.

Offensive Player of the Game: This one award definitely was tougher than I expected. However, RB Shaq Thompson has to get the prize after he rushed for 174 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries while also hauling in two receptions for 41 yards. Honorable mention goes out to freshman WR Dante Pettis who had the go-ahead touchdown toward the end of the third quarter as well as an 87-yard punt return for a score to put the game away.

Defensive Player of the Game: Junior CB Marcus Peters had a solid game overall. Sure, he got run over by a tight end for a first down in the second quarter, but the talented corner had two pass breakups, seven tackles and he definitely influenced several plays, but didn't receive a statistic (the read of the reverse that he broke up is a great example).

Handouts to the standouts: Pettis gets the nod here after his big day. His 87-yard punt return is the first punt return for a touchdown since 2003 (Charles Fredrick vs. Oregon State) and he also finished with two receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown; Cyler Miles struggled some with holding onto snaps, fumbling twice, but he took care of the ball when he was asked to throw it, completing 13 of his 19 attempts for 206 yards while rushing for 39 yards; Sidney Jones had 12 tackles and a pass breakup on the day. Some of that came from the fact that Colorado targeted the freshman corner, but Jones continues to show improvement and looks like he's gaining more and more confidence every time he steps on the field; DE Andrew Hudson had a solid game, posting six tackles, two tackles-for-loss, a fumble recovery, a sack and a pass breakup.

Stat of the game: It really was the turnovers. Washington finished plus one on the day creating four Colorado turnovers -- three fumbles and an interception -- as they halted momentum for the Buffaloes and the Huskies were able to, essentially, put the game away with Feeney's pick six.

Needs work: Washington had two turnovers on snaps that Miles couldn't handle and they also had a third when DiAndre Campbell coughed up the ball at the Colorado one yard line early in the third quarter, robbing the Huskies of a scoring opportunity. Luckily, the defense was able to force one three plays later and get the ball back. Another area to improve is allowing the Buffaloes to convert 11 of their 21 third downs. Several of those were third-and-long situations which allowed CU to extend drives and flip the field.

Bottom line: Washington did exactly what they needed to do to get the win. They had only three turnovers, they established a running game (236 yards rushing) and they made big plays when they had the opportunity. This team has the talent to play with anyone in the conference if they are playing with confidence and they will need plenty of that in the coming weeks as they continue their trek toward getting bowl eligible.


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