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A healthier Huskies offense will look to take advantage of a Colorado defensive unit yielding 5.6 yards per carry to its opponents. To do so, they will have to be more efficient and explosive in the passing game than they were in their last two losses.
After twice trading down, the Seattle Seahawks picked Colorado wide receiver Paul Richardson with the No. 45 overall pick in the second round of the NFL draft.
The Huskies were led by freshman point guard Nigel Williams-Goss who scored 15 points and delivered four assists. Leading-scorer and All-Pac-12 guard C.J. Wilcox was held to just eight points on 2-for-10 shooting from the field including 0-for-7 from beyond the arc.
Washington State did make a run in the second half. The team exploded for 43 points behind a 20-6 run that enabled the Cougars to close a 54-35 deficit at the 6:46 mark to a 60-55 game with 56 seconds left.
Wilcox finished with 31 points on 12-for-18 shooting, including a career-best 7-for-12 from the beyond the arc. The senior guard had 10 points in the first half, but it was the opening portion of the second that saw him take over, largely due to the absence of the 6-foot-6 Dinwiddie.
In the 5-minute overtime period, Colorado (14-2, 3-0) went on a 10-4 run to take command of the game. Despite a couple late threes that brought the Cougars to within one, Washington State suffered its third straight conference loss to open the Pac-12 season.
Keith 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.
There is one month left in the regular season for Washington and the importance of how they finish this season hasn’t been lost on anyone. This was supposed to be the Huskies’ breakthrough season, one in which they overcame the mediocrity of 7-6 campaigns that the program has been mired in for the last three years.
The Buffaloes have NCAA Tournament experience and really defend. Colorado is good enough to win two games in the field of 68.