October 15, 2011 in Sports

Huskies crush Colorado 52-24

Associated Press
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Washington’s Bishop Sankey, left, is congratulated by Chris Polk after a three-yard touchdown run by Sankey late in the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, in Seattle. Washington won 52-24.
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SEATTLE — Keith Price continued his assault on Washington’s record book with four first-half touchdown passes, and Washington made its case for a national ranking with an impressive 52-24 rout of Colorado on Saturday.

The Huskies compiled nearly 400 yards of offense in the first half and led 38-10 at the break behind TD passes of 17, 11, 14 and 4 yards by the sophomore quarterback. Price now has 21 TDs on the season, tied for fourth most in Washington history for single-season TD passes.

Washington (5-1, 3-0) has now scored at least 30 points or more in its first six games for the first time in school history and is 5-1 for the first time in a decade. The 52 points were the most since 2001.

Colorado (1-6, 0-3) hung around early, but its offense wasn’t able to keep up, especially after running back Rodney Stewart left in the first half with knee injury.

Colorado had 70 yards of offense on its opening drive, but managed just 34 the rest of the half. Stewart didn’t touch the ball for the rest of the game after running for 2 yards late in the first quarter. He was ruled out at halftime with a sprained knee and finished with 42 yards rushing on four carries.

Even if Stewart was able to stay in the game, the end result would probably have been the same with the way Washington’s offense dominated the first half. The Huskies, who improved to 3-0 in conference play for the first time since 1997, scored on all six possessions and never punted until the opening drive of the second half when a penalty slowed their drive near midfield.

The win set up a crucial Pac-12 North showdown next Saturday night when Washington faces Stanford.

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