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A special teams' play ignites dawdling Dawgs

Folsom Field, Boulder, Colorado. Leading just 7-0 at half, the Washington Huskies exploded for 31 second-half points to crush the Colorado Buffaloes 38-3, their victory sparked by a special teams' play that led to a touchdown pass by QB Keith Price.

The sluggish Dawgs started the second half with a three-and-out, which was in keeping with their listless, mistake-prone play in the first half.

Then UW's Kevin Smith sparked what turned out to be a second-half Husky conflagration of points.

The ensuing punt by Travis Coons bounced off the shoulder pad of Colorado's Nelson Spruce and headed out of bounds; Smith leapt across the chalk line and swatted the ball back in play, basketball-like, where it was recovered by UW's Will Shamburger on the Buffs' 35-yard line as Smith was mingling with Colorado fans in row 2 of Folsom Field.

That was an amazing play by him," Shamburger was quoted as saying. "He came out of nowhere. I thought it was a big play in the game."

Price tied a school record, throwing 5 touchdown passes, and posted a pass-efficiency rating of 204.59, his highest of the season against an FBS opponent.

Washington (7-4, 5-3 Pac-12) has won four-straight games and is taking aim at a 9-4 season that would likely ensure a recruiting bonanza.

Measures of offensive line play (running game and pass protection):

-- The Huskies accumulated 476 yards of total offense, with 228 of them coming on the ground.

-- Quarterback Price had a fine performance throwing the ball, his passing efficiency rating being 204.59  on the game. He was sacked twice.

OL Grade: A-minus

See NCAA statistics.

(This article is in the process of being written)

The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

The Good:

-- Total offense (476 yards)

-- Bishop Sankey's 139 yards rushing.

-- Price's PE and five TD passes.

-- The defensive and special teams' play.

-- Time of possession: 34:24.

-- Colorado's passing efficiency (44.71) on the game.

-- 5 sacks

-- Two touchbacks on 7 kickoffs

The Bad:

-- Only 3 of 12 third-down conversions

-- 8 penalties for 89 yards

The Ugly:

-- Sluggish first half

Last year's top-25 opponents annihilated the Dawgs on the ground. See Table 1 below.

Table 1. Last year's rush defense against top-25 teams bodes ominously for the Dawgs in 2012. Emboldened rows are from this year's defense.

Team

Rank

UW Rushing Defense

Score

Nebraska

24

309

L 38-56

Stanford

7

446

L 21-65

Oregon

4

212

L 17-34

USC

6

252

L 17-40

Baylor

13

482

L 67-56

LSU

2 242 L 41-3

Stanford

8 65 W 17-13
Oregon 2 299 L 52-21
USC 11 204 L 24-14
OSU 7 109 W 20-17

Table 1. Keith Price's cumulative passing efficiency.

Team C A Y T I PE C A Y T I PE
SDSU 25 35 222 1 0 134.14 25 35 222 1 0 134.14
LSU 17 36 157 0 1 78.3 42 71 379 1 1 105.83
PSU 14 19 181 3 0 205.81 56 90 560 4 1 126.93
Stanford 19 37 177 1 1 95.05 75 127 737 5 2 117.64
Oregon 19 31 145 0 2 87.68 94 158 882 5 4 111.76
USC 20 28 198 2 2 140.11 114 186 1080 7 6 116.03
Arizona 29 52 256 1 2 95.78 143 238 1336 8 8 111.61
OSU 18 30 194 0 1 107.65 161 268 1530 8 9 111.16
Cal 16 29 237 1 1 128.30 177 297 1767 9 10 112.84
Utah 24 33 277 2 0 163.24 201 330 2044 11 10 117.88
Colorado 22 29 248 5 0 204.59 223 359 2292 16 10 124.88

 

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Washington 0 7 17 14 38
Colorado 0 0 3 0 3


 

Time Team How Player (s) UW Colo
2nd qtr          
1:02 UW TD Cody Bruns 3 yd pass from Keith Price (Travis Coons kick) 7 0
3rd qtr          
12:01 UW TD Kasen Williams 17 yd pass from Keith Price (Travis Coons kick) 14 0
9:22 UW TD Kendyl Taylor 23 yd pass from Keith Price (Travis Coons kick) 21 0
6:15 Colo FG Will Oliver 37 yd FG 21 3
1:07 UW FG Travis Coons 25 yd FG 24 3
4th qtr
9:24 UW TD Austin Seferian-Jenkins 3 yd pass from Keith Price (Travis Coons kick) 31 3
5:01 UW TD Jaydon Mickens 18 yd pass from Keith Price (Travis Coons kick) 38 3
           

 

Statistics UW Colo
Total First Downs    
  Rushing    
  Passing    
  Penalty    
Total Net Yards    
Net Yards Passing    
Net Yards Rushing    
Completions-att-int    
Punts, yards, average    
Sacks by (number, yards)    
Kickoff Returns: number, yds, tds    
Punt returns: number, yds, tds    
Kickoff Yards    
Net Yards per kickoff    
Average yards per kickoff    
Touchbacks (kickoffs)    
Third-down conversions    
Interception returns: no., yds, tds    
Penalties, no., Yards    
Fumbles; number/lost    
Time of Possession     

Passing cmp att yds tds int
           
           
Washington          
Keith Price;          
           
Colorado Rushing No. yds tds long  
           
           
           
           
Washington Rushing No. yds tds long
Bishop Sankey          
Keith Price          
           
Colorado Pass Receiving No. yds tds long
           
           
           
           
           
Washington Pass Rec. No. yds tds long
Kasen Williams          
Austin Seferian-Jenkins          
Evan Hudson          
Jaydon Mickens          
Kendyl Taylor          
Cody Bruns          
Bishop Sankey          
DiAndre Campbell          
           
Punting        
Colorado No. yds avg long IN20
           
Washington          
   
Travis Coons          
           
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Richard Linde, aka Malamute can be reached at malamute@4malamute.com

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