What happened and what mattered in the Washington 27-13 win over Colorado?
Washington 27, Colorado 13
The Washington offense wasn’t amazing, but the defense held down the injured Buffs to come out with a solid bounceback win. As always with the Huskies, they don’t do anything truly easy, and everything is a bit of a grind, but Salvon Ahmed was able to come through with Myles Gaskin out. In all, the Huskies ran for 201 yards and two scores, grinding out five yards per carry.
Jake Browning wasn’t amazing, completing 15-of-25 passes for 150 yards with a score with a pick and running for 25 more, but his running game took over, and the defense did the job.
The Huskies stuffed just about everything after the first half, shutting out a Buffalo O without Laviska Shenault, Jay MacIntyre, and with Steven Montez having nowhere to go. He only finished with 144 passing yards and a score – his targets just weren’t there against the Dawg D.
The Buffs came out fine, but settling for two second quarter field goals instead of getting touchdowns on good drives hurt. They had to take advantage of every possible opportunity early on, didn’t, and the Washington defense settled in over the second half. UW outscored Colorado 13-0 after halftime.
Everything is still on track for Washington. It’s going to need some help with an Oregon loss along the way, but the Huskies get a trip to Cal next week before Stanford and Oregon State have to come to Seattle. Just keep on winning, expect a Duck loss, and the Pac-12 North is still likely there for the taking.
The Buffs will get that sixth win for bowl eligibility next week with Oregon State coming to Boulder, and with Arizona to follow. They need the receivers to be healthy, and they need the lines to take over – the O line has to give Montez more time to work.