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"Buffalo wings" it and pays "Price"
Rich Linde, 16 October 2011


Photo courtesy of author Lynn Borland

Led by Chris Polk and Keith Price, the Washington Huskies ran and passed their way to a 52-24 victory over the Colorado Buffaloes at Husky Stadium, Seattle Washington.

In its 5 wins this season, Washington (5-1, 3-0) has held its four opponents to an average of just 54.6 yards per game on the ground. In its only loss, UW gave up 309 rushing yards to Nebraska. In all, the Huskies rank 17th in the FBS in stopping the run, surrendering an average of 97 yards per game.

Price's passing-efficiency rating of 177.91 ranks 5th in the nation, and Polk's rushing average of 121.33 yards per game ranks 7th.

The Huskies have won 9 out of their last 10 games dating back to last year. Coach Steve Sarkisian is 18-14 since taking over the head coaching duties in 2009, which followed a 0-12 season in 2008.

Nine different Huskies scored points, with seven different Dawgs scoring the team's seven touchdowns; Erik Folk kicked a field goal and made six extra points. Erik Guttorp kicked the last try for point.  

The Huskies scored on all of their possessions in the first half.

Price has 21 TD passes this season, already tied for fourth most in program history.

In its flawless first half, the finely tuned Washington "O" machine seemingly replicated one of Gil Dobie's perpetual motion machines from the past. Is Dobie in communication with Sark from the dog star Sirius, Lynn Borland might ask? Dobie biographer Borland was jogging near the vestiges of Denny Field last week when he spotted Sirius in the early morning sky and a Boeing 737 in direct alignment with his vantage point and the dog star. Einstein called quantum entanglement, spooky action at a distance, or spukhafte Fernwirkung.)

"We didn't do anything well defensively in this game," Colorado coach Jon Embree was quoted as saying. "We got beat in every phase."

Hence, the meaning of our headline: puns on Buffalo wings and Keith Price; if a member of the Buffalo secondary winged his pass coverage, then QB Keith Price made him pay the price with a touchdown pass.

Table 1. Keith Price's cumulative passing efficiency.

Team C A Y T I PE C A Y T I PE
EWU 17 25 102 3 0 149.87 17 25 102 3 0 149.87
Hawai'i 18 25 315 4 1 222.64 35 50 417 7 1 182.26
Nebraska 21 37 274 4 2 143.83 56 87 691 11 3 165.91
California 19 25 292 3 0 213.71 75 112 983 14 3 176.58
Utah 22 30 226 3 1 162.95 97 142 1209 17 4 173.70
Colorado 21 28 257 4 0 199.24 118 170 1466 21 4 177.91

 

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Colorado 7 3 7 7 24
Washington 21 17 7 7 52


Time Team How Player (s) Col UW
1st qtr          
12:16 UW TD Jermaine Kearse 17 yd pass from Keith Price (Erik Folk kick) 0 7
9:42 Col TD Kyle Cefalo 5 yd pass from Tyler Hansen (Will Oliver kick) 7 7
6:47 UW TD Kevin Smith 22 yd run (Erik Folk kick) 7 14
0:00 UW TD Austin Seferian-Jenkins 11 yd pass from Keith Price (Erik Folk kick) 7 21
2nd qtr
10:51 Col FG Will Oliver 46 yd FG 10 21
8:05 UW TD Chris Polk 14 yd pass from Keith Price (Erik Folk kick) 10 28
2:09 UW TD Devin Aguilar 4 yd pass from Keith Price (Erik Folk kick) 10 35
0:00 UW FG Erik Folk 41 yd FG 10 38
3rd qtr
10:45 Col TD Tony Jones 2 yd run (Will Oliver kick) 17 38
2:48 UW TD Jesse Callier 26 yd run (Erik Folk kick) 17 45
4th qtr
13:34 Col TD Tony Jones 1 yd run (Will Oliver kick) 24 45
2:32 UW TD Bishop Sankey 3 yd run (Eric Guttorp kick) 24 52

 

Statistics Col UW
Total First Downs 17 31
  Rushing 5 16
  Passing 10 14
  Penalty 2 1
Total Net Yards 269 562
Net Yards Passing 207 267
Net Yards Rushing 62 295
Completions-att-int 22-38-0 23-30-0
Punts, yards, average 6-243, 40.5 2-88, 44.0
Sacks by (number, yards) 1-7 5-47
Kickoff Returns: number, yds, tds 8-133-0 4-89-0
Punt returns: number, yds, tds 1-3-0 1-9-0
Kickoff Yards 5-292 8-478
Net Yards per kickoff 40.6 43.1
Average yards per kickoff 58.4 59.8
Touchbacks (kickoffs) 0 0
Third-down conversions 8 of 17 8 of 10
Interception returns: no., yds, tds 0-0-0 0-0-0
Penalties, no., Yards 3-30 6-65
Fumbles; number/lost 0-0 1-1
Time of Possession  29:23 30:37

Passing cmp att yds tds int
Tyler Hansen; 114.44 18 30 155 1 0
Nick Hirschman; 104.6 4 8 52 0 0
           
Washington          
Keith Price; 199.24 21 28 257 4 0
Nick Montana; 142.0 2 2 10 0 0
           
Col Rushing No. yds tds long  
Tony Jones 14 49 2 38  
Rodney Stewart 4 42 0 33  
Josh Ford 1 13 0 13  
Keenan Canty 1 -2 0 0  
Nick Hirschman 3 -19 0 2  
Tyler Hansen 4 -21 0 5  
           
Washington Rushing No. yds tds long
Chris Polk 18 117 0 28  
Jessie Callier 10 81 1 26  
Nick Montana 1 -7 0 0  
Keith Price 2 11 0 8  
Bishop Sankey 8 71 1 33  
Kevin Smith 1 22 1 22  
           
           
Col Pass Receiving No. yds tds long
Tony Jones 7 49 0 15  
Keenan Canty 5 45 0 19  
Logan Gray 3 47 0 24  
Rodney Stewart 2 18 0 11  
Toney Clemons 2 18 0 16  
Kyle Cefalo 2 18 1 13  
Tyler McCulloch 1 12 0 12  
           
           
Washington Pass Rec. No. yds tds long
James Johnson 5 61 0 25  
Jesse Callier 1 9 0  9  
Kevin Smith 2 20 0 11  
Chris Polk 1 14 1 14  
Austin Seferian-Jenkins 3 42 1 17  
Jermaine Kearse 5 84 1 22  
Devin Aguilar 6 37 1 9  
           
           
Punting        
Colorado No. yds avg long IN20
Darragh O'Neill 6 243 40.5 44 0
           
Washington          
   
Will Mahan 2 88 44.0 51 2
           
Attendance: 62,147          

Richard Linde, aka Malamute can be reached at malamute@4malamute.com

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