This was exactly the kind of lopsided result the Washington Huskies needed, both for preparation and rest-your-starters purposes. But the postgame conversation was geared more toward Friday’s game at UCLA.
Here’s a quick look back at the game that was …
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME — Keith Price and Bishop Sankey were both at their best, but the nod goes to Price because he achieved the entirety of his passing stats in the first half. He was 22-for-29 for 312 yards and two touchdowns, and also rushed for two touchdowns — including an 18-yard run that resulted in Price trucking through Colorado defensive back Parker Orms. Price said earlier this week that he was feeling 100 percent after playing three games through a thumb injury. Given his numbers, there’s no reason to believe he’s not.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME — Marcus Peters did not make a tackle in this game. But his name stands out as UW’s most impactful defender, because he broke up the pass that was eventually intercepted by Tre Watson and returned 84 yards for a touchdown, and he scooped up a fumble forced by Josh Shirley and returned it 53 yards for a touchdown. Other candidates: Corey Littleton, who tied for a team-high with six tackles and was credited with a half-sack. Danny Shelton had identical numbers.
STAT OF THE GAME — This is an easy one: Washington outscored Colorado 28-0 in the second half and didn’t attempt a pass. Not sure I’ve ever seen that anywhere except a high-school game.
PLAY OF THE GAME — Lots of big plays for the Huskies today, but Price’s 18-yard run probably stands out the most, if only because it’s been a while since the senior quarterback has run over a safety.
QUOTABLE — “I think he probably had his proudest moment tonight when he got to run a guy over for a touchdown.” — Steve Sarkisian on Price’s run
WHAT IT MEANS — Just like the Cal game … not a whole lot. The lopsidedness is nice, of course, and I don’t think anybody quite expected Washington to win this game by 52. More important than the score might be what Sarkisian referenced afterward — that UW’s starters got minimal reps, got to rest plenty, and the Huskies’ backups got some much-needed work. Friday’s game at UCLA looms large for a Husky team that is now bowl eligible, but needs to pick up a road win either next week or at Oregon State to feel better about this season than it did after last year’s 7-6 disappointment.
UP NEXT — UCLA, at the Rose Bowl, at 6 p.m. Friday. That game will air on ESPN.
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