BOULDER, Colo. -- Kevin Smith has done his share of basketball drills in his life.
Washington's junior wide receiver's standout high school hoops career in Compton, Calif., came in handy on 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 a 17-yard wide-open touchdown strike to Kasen Williams for the 14-0 lead.
Less than 3 minutes later, the Huskies added six points on a 23-yard scoring catch-and-dash by freshman Kendyl Taylor.
Washington's junior quarterback Keith Price continued his scoring assault by tying the school record with five touchdown passes to five different receivers: Cody Bruns, Williams, Taylor, Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Jaydon Mickens.
The less-than-mediocre first half -- Washington led 7-0 and Colorado 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 knocked off the upright.
The Huskies broke the scoreless tie with 1:02 left in the first half on a 3-yard wide-open touchdown pass to 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 in favor of junior Jordan Webb midway through the second quarter after completing 3-of-6 passes for 11 yards and a pair of interceptions.
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 a 9-yard Nelson Spruce 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 for Colorado 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.
Washington finishes their regular season on the road against in-state rivals 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 on the season. ... Washington is the first CU opponent not to score against the Buffaloes in the first quarter. ... CU has been outscored 126-34 in the first quarter in 2012. ... Seferian-Jenkins has 99 receptions for 1,289 yards, both school records.