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Price throws five TD passes as Washington blasts Colorado

The SportsXchange

BOULDER, Colo. -- Kevin Smith has done his share of basketball drills in his life.

The junior wide receiver's standout high school hoops career in Compton, Calif., came in handy Saturday when his timing and touch acted as a turnaround for the sluggish Huskies, who beat Colorado 38-3.

After the Buffaloes (1-10, 1-7 Pac-12) held No. 25 Washington (7-4, 5-3) to a three-and-out on its first series after the half, Travis Coons' punt bounced off the shoulder pad of Colorado's Nelson Spruce and bobbled toward the CU sideline. Smith, however, executed the midair tip drill, keeping the ball in bounds. Washington's Will Shamburger recovered the ball at the 35-yard line to set up Keith Price's 17-yard touchdown strike to Kasen Williams for the 14-0 lead.

"I was going down there as a gunner," Smith said. "That's what I've got in me. It's all effort getting down and trying to dive for the ball and get it back in bounds. In basketball you can grab it, get the possession and call timeout. I couldn't do that, so I just tossed it back in."

Less than three minutes later, the Huskies added six points on a 23-yard scoring catch-and-dash by freshman Kendyl Taylor.

Price completed 22 of 29 passes for 248 yards and continued his scoring assault by tying the school record with five touchdown passes to five receivers: Cody Bruns, Williams, Taylor, Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Jaydon Mickens.

"We want to be playing good late in the year," Washington coach Steve Sarkisian said. "We have good balance on the offensive side of the ball right now. We're mixing it, we're running it, we're throwing it, we can play-action pass. That's when we are at our best as an offensive football team."

The less-than-mediocre first half -- Washington led 7-0 against a Colorado team that has been outscored 309-96 in the first half this season -- included a Bishop Sankey fumble inside the 5-yard line and a missed Coons field goal that bounced off the upright.

"We were probably our own worst enemy in the first half of the football game," Sarkisian said.

The Huskies broke the scoreless tie with 1:02 left in the first half on a 3-yard touchdown catch by wide-open senior Cody Bruns, the first touchdown of his career.

Sophomore quarterback Connor Wood's first career start for Colorado -- in place of Nick Hirschman, who is out with a concussion from the 56-31 loss to Arizona -- was short lived. He was yanked midway through the second quarter after completing 3 of 6 passes for 11 yards and a pair of interceptions. Junior Jordan Webb replaced him and finished with 33 yards on 6 of 16 pass attempts.

"Obviously, we didn't play well and we are struggling at that position (quarterback), so we have to find a way to fix it," Colorado coach Jon Embree said.

Colorado's only push past midfield came on a 59-yard kickoff return from Marques Mosley to the Washington 40-yard line. An offensive holding call on Spruce's 9-yard touchdown reception took six points off the board. The Buffaloes settled on a 37-yard field goal by Will Oliver.

With just one home game left, next Friday against Utah, the Buffaloes run the risk of not winning a single home contest for the first time since they began calling Folsom Field home in 1924.

"Losing hurts," CU defensive end Chidera Uzo-Diribe said. "I don't think there is a guy in the locker room who isn't hurting. We just have to work hard to try to send our seniors out the right way."

Washington finishes their season on the road against in-state rival Washington State the day after Thanksgiving.

Notes: Washington has won four straight, including a 20-17 win over No. 7 Oregon State. ... Sankey, a sophomore, has 13 TDs (fifth most in UW history) and 1,150 rushing yards this season. ... Washington is the first CU opponent not to score against the Buffaloes in the first quarter. Colorado has been outscored 126-34 in the first quarter in 2012. ... Seferian-Jenkins has 99 receptions for 1,289 yards in his career, both school records for tight ends.
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