Keith Price ducked forward from the pocket with green turf in front of him.
The Washington quarterback sprinted and lowered his shoulder, planting it on the body of Colorado safety Parker Orms before waltzing across the goal line.
“I just smelled the end zone,” Price said, “so I knew nothing was going to stop me.”
It was that kind of night for Price, who completed 22 of 29 passes – all in the first half – for 312 yards and two touchdowns in UW’s 59-7 waxing of Colorado at Husky Stadium on Saturday night.
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He also rushed for two touchdowns – the aforementioned 18-yarder that cost Orms a portion of his pride, and a 4-yard carry in the third quarter.
Price said earlier in the week that his previously injured right thumb felt “100 percent” healthy. He proved as much against a Colorado defense that appeared to have little idea how to defend him.
“I think the time off did great things for my thumb,” Price said. “Rehabbing it and taking care of it.”
It was a momentous night, too, in some ways. Price’s 15-yard touchdown pass to Austin Seferian-Jenkins just before halftime moved him into a 10th-place tie for the most touchdown passes in the history of the Pac-12 Conference.
Price, a fifth-year senior, threw his 72nd career touchdown pass in the second quarter, and didn’t attempt another throw as the Huskies ran away from the Buffaloes. Price is tied on the career touchdowns list with former USC quarterback Carson Palmer.
Steve Stenstrom (74), Alex Brink (76), John Elway (77), Derek Anderson (79) and Andrew Luck (82), who ranks fifth, are all within relative reach.
UW running back Bishop Sankey also put a dent in the records, moving into third place by himself on the Huskies’ career rushing touchdown list. He has 30 in his career, and is two short of reaching Joe Steele for second-most in school history.
Napoleon Kaufman, who played at UW from 1991-94, is the Huskies’ career leader with 34.
With 143 yards rushing on 23 carries, Sankey also moved into fourth place on UW’s career rushing list, past Vince Weathersby and Greg Lewis. He is 390 yards away from breaking Corey Dillon’s single-season rushing record of 1,695 yards.
“If it happens, it happens. It’s not something that I’ve been really focusing on,” Sankey said. “I’ve just been trying to prepare each and every week and try to get better as a player. If that’s the case, then I guess it’ll take care of itself.”
KING FIRST FROSH TO START
With fifth-year senior safety Will Shamburger out with an apparent injury, freshman Kevin King started in his place on Saturday.
King, a 6-foot-2, 178-pounder from San Leandro, Calif., became the first true freshman to start a game for the Huskies this season.
He did get beat by Colorado receiver Paul Richardson for a 53-yard touchdown in the first quarter, but UW coach Steve Sarkisian otherwise liked what he saw.
“Kevin went in and did a nice job. He learned that there’s some good receivers in this conference when Richardson got him on a post route. All in all, that’s valuable experience for him that he got tonight.”
Shaq Thompson, a sophomore linebacker, was in and out of the lineup throughout the game, but Sarkisian said “He’s fine. We’re coming out of this game really healthy, which is good.”
UW HONORS VETERANS
To commemorate Veterans Day, the Huskies wore their white, American flag-themed helmets with purple jerseys and white pants.
The Huskies debuted those helmets in 2011 to honor the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.