SEATTLE (AP) – Colorado safety Parker Orms lined up Washington’s Keith Price at the 2-yard line and lowered his shoulder as the quarterback approached the goal line.
The collision left Orms on his back looking skyward as Price walked into the end zone for his first of two rushing touchdowns.
It was that kind of night for Colorado in a 59-7 rout by Washington where the Buffaloes were barely competitive.
“We’ve got to win football games and we didn’t have a chance to win tonight,” MacIntyre said. “I think that’s the first time I’ve completely felt like that.”
Orms getting trampled at the goal line was one of the many missed tackles by the Buffaloes (3-6, 0-6 Pac-12) who lost their 14th straight conference game, 13 of those by at least 20 points.
Price threw for 312 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two more as Washington (6-3, 3-3) became bowl eligible for the fourth straight season. Bishop Sankey also rushed for 143 yards and a touchdown against a Colorado defense that just couldn’t wrestle the Huskies to the turf.
“I really can’t tell you what happened out there today,” linebacker Derrick Webb said. “We’re usually a lot better tackling team than we were today. For some reason, we didn’t show up ready to tackle Sankey today. He’s a great back. You have to give him credit for being a great back, but we’ve faced other great backs this year and we’ve done better tackling.”
Never was it more evident than on Price’s first touchdown run of the game. Price scrambled from the pocket and broke several tackles, including Orms’ attempt at the goal line, as he ran for an 18-yard score to extend Washington’s lead to 24-7.
“We were really efficient throwing it, running it,” Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian said. “I thought Keith used his legs tonight probably as good or better than he has all year running the ball.
Colorado had a chance to keep the game interesting before the half. They moved to the Washington 34-yard line and faced a fourth-and-1. The Buffaloes elected to settle for the 51-yard field goal attempt but Will Oliver’s kick sailed wide right. The Huskies took over with just 48 seconds in the half but managed to add another touchdown, a 15-yard pass from Price to Austin Seferian-Jenkins to take a commanding 31-7 lead.
“If we could go and be 24-10, only down two touchdowns and stop them, I thought it’d be better,” MacIntyre said. “.We only would have been down two touchdowns as poorly as we’d played. We screwed up two things on that next drive. It made it flat embarrassing going into the halftime.”
The touchdown pulled Price into 10th place all-time in Pac-12 history, tying him with Carson Palmer with 72 career TD passes.
Washington’s 59 points were the fifth most since 1945. They finished with 628 total yards, the fourth time this season topping 600 and did not attempt a pass in the second half.
“We just didn’t tackle, then we turned the ball over in some key areas at times and we haven’t really done that either,” MacIntyre said. “So that kind of all got out of hand. It was kind of ugly.”
Washington added 21 third-quarter points and ran only five offensive plays. Tre Watson intercepted a deflected pass and returned it 84 yards for a touchdown, the longest interception return by the Huskies since 1997. Marcus Peters scooped up a fumble forced by Josh Shirley and raced 53 yards for another defensive score and Price capped the Huskies only drive of the quarter with a 4-yard TD run.
It was the first time Washington had two defensive touchdowns in a game since Nov. 9, 2002 against Oregon State.
“We need to create turnovers, we need to knock the ball loose, and intercept passes. That was great,” Sarkisian said.
Sefo Liufau found Paul Richardson for a 53-yard touchdown in the first quarter that served as the lone highlight for the Buffaloes. Colorado lost its 14th straight conference game, 13 of them by more than 20 points.
Richardson was questionable to play with an ankle injury, but looked just fine on his long TD reception that put him over 1,000 yards receiving for the season. Richardson had three catches for 77 yards and Liufau finished 12 of 22 for 160 yards and two interceptions.
“Everyone is going to have their own opinion on how far or how close we are,” Liufau said. “I think we’re getting closer. It’s never as bad as it is and it’s never as good as it can be. It’s just frustrating because we know that we can do a lot better than what we put out there tonight.”
– By CURTIS CRABTREE, AP Sports Writer
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