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The Washington Huskies went to Boulder, Colorado to take on the Buffalos however, they appeared to leave their offense at home. The 20-14 win over the Huskies was the 1st win by Colorado since they joined the Pac 12—losing in all of the last 9 matchups. In fact, the win was the 1st time that they have won since 1996 when UW lost to the Buffs in the Holiday bowl.
Fr the 1st time all year, the Huskies were shut out in the 1st quarter, as well, it was the 1st time all season that the Huskies had not led a game by the end of the 1st. Bad play continued to halftime as the Buffalos help UW to four 3 and outs on 6 drives. The other 2 drives were punctuated by an interception and a 7 play drive that sputtered out just before the half heading to the locker room down 10-0.
UW Came out strong in the 3rd quarter with back to back touchdown drives where the Huskies cut the lead to 17-14. But from there, neither the passing game or run game recovered as they would manage just 8 plays in the 4th quarter.
In the air, Jake Eason was miserable going 21-35 but only managing a paltry 206 yards in the air. It wasn’t like the run game was good either. The tandem of Richard Newton and Savon Ahmed split 25 carries for 61 yards against a stout Colorado Run defense.
The Huskies run defense went MIA as Buff’s running back Alex Fontenot had 105 yards rushing and a TD. While the Buffs QB didn’t have a prolific passing game, (17-28 for 223 yards) he had 56 rushing yards to contribute to the 206 total rushing yards from Colorado.
This was a poor performance from UW and while they are bowl eligible, this took them from the track of a respectable bowl game—perhaps to the Holiday bowl—to a bottom tier bowl that should serve as notice that changes will need to be made next year. The Huskies are bowl eligible and have one game remaining in the Apple Cup where both UW and WAZZU can battle it out for an attempt to at least collect some home state pride.