BOULDER, Colo. – Keith Price threw a career-best five touchdown passes and Washington overcame a slow start to whip hapless Colorado 38-3 on Saturday for the Huskies’ fourth straight win.
Bishop Sankey (Gonzaga Prep) atoned for a first-half fumble at the 1 by running through Colorado’s defense for 139 yards and collecting 48 more on four receptions as the Huskies (7-4, 5-3 Pac-10) won consecutive road games for just the second time in the last decade.
The Huskies can secure their first eight-win season since 2001 with an Apple Cup win at Washington State on Friday.
After committing five costly turnovers in this one, the Buffaloes (1-10, 1-7) will have to beat Utah on Friday to avoid the worst record in school history and their first winless season at home since 1920.
Price completed 22 of 29 passes for 248 yards with no interceptions.
The Buffaloes held an opponent scoreless in the first quarter for the first time this season but still trailed 7-0 at halftime after running their own scoreless streak at Folsom Field to eight quarters.
Two big blunders by the Buffs led to 14 quick points and ended hopes of an upset in a stadium that was mostly empty with the campus on Thanksgiving break and the program in a downward spiral under second-year coach Jon Embree.
A punt hit Colorado’s Nelson Spruce, and Will Shamburger recovered for Washington at the Colorado 35 after a save by teammate Kevin Smith as the ball was bouncing out of bounds.
Three plays later, Price found Kasen Williams in the end zone for a 17-yard touchdown.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins then recovered a fumble after Josh Shirley’s sack-strip of Colorado’s Jordan Webb.
Fifteen seconds later, Price hit Kendyl Taylor for a 23-yard touchdown and a 21-0 lead.