SEATTLE — Keith Price and the Washington offense owned the first half.
The Husky defense took over from there.
Price threw for 312 yards and accounted for four total touchdowns, and the UW defense scored two touchdowns in the third quarter in a 59-7 rout of Colorado on a chilly Saturday night before an announced crowd of 66,599 at Husky Stadium.
With the victory, Washington (6-3, 3-3 Pac-12) is bowl eligible for the fourth consecutive season. The Huskies now have a short week to prepare for a pivotal showdown with UCLA in the Rose Bowl on Friday night on national television.
Colorado (3-6, 0-6) lost its 14th consecutive Pac-12 game; 13 of those 14 have been by at least 20 points.
Price, with time to rest during UW’s bye last week, had said he was 100 percent recovered from a thumb injury that nagged at him in October — and, boy, did he look healthy. The senior quarterback completed 22 of 29 passes for 312 yards and two touchdowns — all in the first half — and he rushed for two more.
Junior running back Bishop Sankey, meanwhile, added 143 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries as he moved past Greg Lewis into fourth place on UW’s career rushing list with 2,931 yards.
The Huskies ran 57 plays in the first half and had 464 yards of total offense in taking a 31-7 halftime lead. With seven seconds left on third down, Price had thrown a jump ball to 6-foot-6 tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who hauled in the 15-yard reception for a touchdown with two seconds left in the half.
Washington finished with 628 of total offense.
Washington’s defense dominated the third quarter.
Cornerback Marcus Peters tipped a pass by Colorado true freshman quarterback Sefo Liufau on the Buffaloes’ first drive of the third quarter, leading to an interception by UW backup safety Tre Watson — who returned it 84 yards for a touchdown.
It was UW’s first defensive touchdown of the season. Eight minutes later, the Huskies had another when Josh Shirley forced a fumble that Peters scooped up and returned 53 yards for a touchdown.
That pushed the Huskies’ lead to 52-7.
Washington safety Sean Parker added a third-quarter interception of Liufau, the Tacoma product making his fourth start for Colorado. Liufau finished 12 of 22 for 160 yards with one touchdown, two interceptions and two sacks before being pulled in the fourth quarter.
Price completed nine of his first 11 passes to help the Huskies to a 10-0 lead in the first eight-plus minutes.
In a steady drizzle, UW settled for a 27-yard Travis Coons field goal on its opening drive.
Sankey then plunged in for a 1-yard touchdown to cap UW’s 12-play, 64-yard second drive to make it 10-0.
Liufau answered with a precision strike to star receiver Paul Richardson for a 53-yard touchdown reception. Richardson, questionable for the game with an ankle injury, beat UW true freshman safety Kevin King, making his first start.
That cut UW’s lead to 10-7 late in the first quarter.
On the first play of the second quarter, Price hit a wide open Joshua Perkins for a 6-yard touchdown to push UW’s lead to 17-7.
Price added an 18-yard touchdown run, breaking two tackles and bulldozing through Colorado safety Parker Orms at the goal line. That extended the Huskies’ lead to 24-7.
Price entered the game with 70 career touchdown passes. His two first-half touchdowns tied him with Carson Palmer of USC for 10th place on the Pac-12’s career list, with 72.
Washington backup running back Dwayne Washington scored on a 5-yard run early in the fourth quarter to extend UW’s lead to 59-7.
Washington career rushing leaders
Bishop Sankey moved past Greg Lews into fourth place on Washington’s career rushing list Saturday.
Name Years Yards
Napoleon Kaufman 1991-94 4,106
Chris Polk 2008-11 4,049
Joe Steele 1976-79 3,168
Bishop Sankey 2011-present 2,931
Greg Lewis 1987-90 2,903
Quarterback Keith Price throws for 312 yards and two touchdowns as the Dawgs beat Colorado 59-7.