The Washington Huskies ( 6-2, 4-1 Pac-12 ) defense pitched an impressive second-half shutout in the Dogs 27-13 win over a stubborn and determined Colorado Buffaloes (5-2, 2-2) team Saturday afternoon at Husky Stadium.
With both teams coming off disappointing losses, a 28 to 21 home loss to Arizona State for the Buffaloes and a 30 to 27 overtime road loss to Oregon for Washington, Saturday’s encounter served as a must-win opportunity for any team with Pac-12 Championships aspirations.
For the Huskies, the task was made more difficult by the absence of running back the Myles Gaskin who missed the game due to an undisclosed upper-body injury. Sean McGrew started the game at tailback and had the games first two rushes as Washington started the game with the ball. Washington’s initial drive stalled after six plays forcing a Husky punt.
The Washington offense was able to get on the board on its third possession of the game when Salvon Ahmed’s seven-yard run capped an 8 play 84-yard drive that tied the game at seven’s with 14:35 left in the second quarter. Colorado answered the Huskies score with a 37-yard field by Evan Price to take a 10-7 lead. The Huskies answered the Buffaloes score with a Kamari Pleasant 15 yard touchdown run to tilt the lead back to the home side to 14-10.
Colorado’s defense bowed its neck on the Huskies next offensive possession as Nick Fisher picked off a Jake Browning pass and the Price made good on a 26-yard field attempt 33 seconds before the halftime whistle to narrow the Huskies lead to just one point.
The Husky defense stopped the Buffalos on three consecutive possessions in the third quarter and the Huskies widened the lead to 17-10 on a 31-yard field goal by Henry.
A five play 46-yard drive by the Husky offense was negated on the third play of the fourth quarter when Chico McClatcher’s fumble at the goal line bounced out of the end zone and was ruled a touchback for the defense. The Husky defense forced another Buffaloes punt and the Husky offense made up for it’s earlier transgressions with 12 play 84-yard drive that ended with a 26-yard touchdown pass and catch play from Browning to Aaron Fuller for the 24 to 13 lead with just under four minutes to play in the game.
The Husky defense made its final stand of the day when Husky linebacker Ben Burr-Kervin intercepted a Montez pass and returned it to the Colorado 15 yard. Peyton made it a three field goal day when he made good on a 30-yard field that iced the game for the Huskies at 27-12 with two minutes to play.