It has been a very down year in the Pac 12 this season, as the usual super powers like Oregon and USC both have had down years. However, the Washington Huskies have been the only bright spot out west this year. Friday night, against the Colorado Buffalos, they proved why they should be in the college football playoffs this year. The game was not even close, as Washington burst out of the gate and never looked back. The final score was 41-10 giving Washington there first Pac 12 title in years.
Colorado struggled from the beginning of the game, as theIr star quarterback and senior leader was knocked out of the game in the teams opening drive. As much as Sefo Liufau wanted to get back in the game and help his team, the ankle injury kept him sidelined throughout the game. Sefo Liufau mustered enough courage to come back in the game at the start of the 3rd quarter, but the first pass attempt he threw went for 6 points in the other direction. That interception for a touchdown was the beginning of the end for the Buffalos. It seemed to open up the flood gates for the Washington Huskies and they never looked back.
“I really messed up,” Liufau said solemnly. “To say the least.” He knows now that it probably was not a good idea for him to come back in the game, no matter how much he wanted to play and win. Washington dominated the Buffalos in every aspect of the game on Friday night. They have cemented themselves in the conversation to make the college football playoffs, and most likely will face number one Alabama.
When Washington quarterback, Jake Browning, scrambled away from a sure sack midway through the third quarter and found electric wide receiver John Ross, for a 19-yard touchdown, after a one-handed grab, the fog horn Washington sounds when it scores, may as well have been a call to the Crimson Tide. “We think we’ve got a heck of a team,” Petersen said, pitching his team’s case for a spot in the playoffs. “We think we belong in there.” Colorado was only able to gain a total of 163 yards on 54 plays. That simply will not get it done, no matter what level of football you are playing.