SEATTLE (AP) — A wry smile washed across Keith Price's face as the Washington quarterback thought back to his 18-yard touchdown run, running over a Colorado safety on his way to the end zone.
It was a moment that trumped everything else Price did because quarterbacks rarely get a chance for a "truck stick," as teammate Bishop Sankey described it.
"I just smelled the end zone so I knew nothing was going to stop me," Price said.
Price threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as part of Washington's huge first half on offense, and the Huskies routed Colorado 59-7 to become bowl eligible for the fourth straight season.
Price was masterful in the first half, directing a Washington offense that rolled up nearly 500 yards in 30 minutes. He completed 22 of 29 throws for 312 yards and two scores. He found backup tight end Joshua Perkins sliding out the back side of the formation for a 6-yard TD pass that gave the Huskies a 17-7 lead, then hit Austin Seferian-Jenkins on a 15-yard jump ball on the last scrimmage play of the first half for a 31-7 lead at the break.
Washington (6-3, 3-3 Pac-12) ran 59 plays and finished with 464 total yards in the first half alone, and never threw another pass. All 23 offensive plays in the second half were runs.
Washington's 59 points were the fifth most since 1945. They finished with 628 total yards, the fourth time this season topping 600.
"If I could have wrote a script for tonight ... it went about as good as it could have," Washington coach Steve Sarkisian said.
Price's mobility was important, both moving in the pocket and when he decided to run. Even though he pitched the ball around to seven different players in the first half and directed the Huskies offense with precision, his most memorable moment came when he scrambled.
Facing second-down at the Colorado 18, Price scrambled from the rush, raced for the end zone and blasted through Buffaloes' safety Parker Orms at the goal line for his third rushing touchdown of the season.
"It came out of him today. He put the truck stick on him and I was happy for him," Sankey said. "I got pumped up watching that."
Price checked out after scoring on a 4-yard TD run in the third quarter, giving way to backup Cyler Miles. Price added 29 yards rushing, but it was his passing that tore apart the Buffaloes defense with six completions of 20 yards or more.
Sankey added 143 yards rushing and a 1-yard TD run in the first quarter. Sankey entered the weekend No. 3 in the country averaging 145 yards per game and if not for the blowout, likely would have exceeded his average.