SEATTLE – After embarrassing losses in back-to-back weeks to Oregon and USC, it appeared the Colorado football season couldn’t get much worse.
Then came Saturday night, when the Buffaloes hit a new low.
In a season filled with bad football, CU might have had its most disastrous half of the season to start Saturday’s game and was routed by No. 15 Washington, 54-7, at Husky Stadium.
The Buffs (1-10, 1-7 Pac-12) had their third consecutive loss by at least 38 points and this one was over early.
It wasn’t the nation’s leading passer who led the way for Washington (9-2, 6-2), however. Instead, the Huskies powered through the Buffs on the ground.
Michael Penix Jr. was efficient but threw for a season-low 229 yards and a touchdown for Washington. Wayne Taulapapa ran for 107 yards and two touchdowns, while Cameron Davis added 59 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
Washington wound up with 575 yards in total offense, getting 295 through the air and 280 on the ground.
CU finished with 211 yards, 69 of those coming on a touchdown pass from JT Shrout to Montana Lemonious-Craig late in the third quarter. The Buffs trailed 47-0 before that play.
Washington took a 33-0 lead into intermission, but it was a comedy of CU errors in the last couple of minutes of the half that made that score worse.
The Huskies led 21-0 when their kicker, Peyton Henry, missed a 48-yard field goal attempt with 1 minute, 55 seconds to play in the half.
Rather than take advantage of the opportunity, CU threw three straight incompletions that took a total of 15 seconds off the clock. On fourth-and-10, the snap sailed over punter Trent Carrizosa’s head and eventually rolled out of the back of the end zone for a safety, giving Washington a 23-0 lead.
The Huskies had a 28-yard return on the ensuing kickoff and then needed just 70 seconds to reach the end zone again, taking a 30-0 lead on Davis’ first touchdown run.
Only 15 seconds remained in the half, so Washington squibbed the ensuing kickoff, but CU couldn’t handle the ball. The Huskies recovered at the Buffs’ 16-yard line and two plays later got a 33-yard field goal from Henry.
Washington, which didn’t punt until six minutes remaining in the game, added a pair of touchdown runs in the third quarter to increase the lead to 47-0 before sending its starters to the bench.