- Mason Kelley, Reporter, Recruiting Nation
SEATTLE -- Steve Sarkisian’s speech got through to his players. Washington’s coach described his halftime talk as “tough love.” Whatever he said, it worked.
After being held to a touchdown over the first two quarters, the Huskies erupted for 31 second-half points to pull away from Colorado, 38-3, on the road Saturday.
Washington now has an opportunity to build on its four-game winning streak with a victory Friday at Washington State in the Apple Cup.
As the Huskies prepare for their final Pac-12 matchup of the season, here is a look at who played well in the win over the Buffaloes.
1. QB Keith Price: When Price plays well Washington puts up points. After a slow start against Colorado, the junior continued his late-season surge, completing 22-of-29 pass attempts for 248 yards and five touchdowns, which tied a school record.
2. LB Travis Feeney: The redshirt freshman continues to take advantage of his long, athletic frame. He covers a lot of ground for Washington’s defense. He led the team in tackles against the Buffaloes, finishing with 10, including a sack.
3. RB Bishop Sankey: The sophomore is setting a high bar and ran for 139 yards on 23 carries. It's becoming more of an expectation after totaling at least that much in each of his last three games. He didn’t find the end zone last week, but his early effort helped free up the passing game later in the contest.
4. WR Kasen Williams: When it comes to touchdown passes, Price spread the ball around, but Williams was his top target. The sophomore caught seven passes for 80 yards and a touchdown.
5. DE Josh Shirley: Washington has been waiting for its pass rush to kick in all season and it was Shirley who finally provided pressure last week. He finished with two sacks, a quarterback hurry and was tied for second on the team in tackles with five.
6. WR Cody Bruns: In one of the feel-good moments of the season, the fifth-year senior caught the first touchdown pass of his career. The 3-yard reception also provided the first points of the game, helping to get Washington’s offense going late in the second quarter.
7. WR Kevin Smith: Because of the junior’s personality, just having Smith on the field provides an emotional lift for the Huskies. But he can play a little bit, too, and made a big play on special teams in the third quarter. When a punt deflected off a Colorado player’s shoulder pads, sending the ball bouncing toward the sideline, Smith saved it, flipping it to Will Shamburger. Smith, who has been working his way back from a knee injury suffered before the Alamo Bowl last season, made a play that helped spark the program.
8. WR/RB Kendyl Taylor: The true freshman scored the first touchdown of his college career, catching a 23-yard pass from Price in the third quarter. It was his only catch of the game. He also has nine carries for 78 yards.
9. WR Jaydon Mickens: Like Taylor, the true freshman only had one catch against Colorado. Like Taylor, he turned that one reception into the first touchdown of his college career. Mickens also had one carry for 20 yards.
10. S Sean Parker: In addition to finishing tied for second on the team in tackles with five, the junior also picked off a pass, one of two the Huskies forced against the Buffaloes.