The Washington Huskies set out to make a statement on Friday night against the Colorado Buffaloes, and they did just that en route to a dominant 41-10 win to claim the Pac-12 Championship.
Washington entered the game sitting as the No. 4 team in the College Football Playoff rankings, and they delivered strong proof to the selection committee that the Huskies belong in college football’s final four.
It was Washington’s first conference title since 2000.
The Huskies were once again led by a strong defensive effort, which held Buffaloes quarterback Sefo Liufau in check throughout the night. A banged-up Liufau tried to tough it out in Colorado’s biggest game of the year, but he was unable to pull through for his team, tossing three interceptions to the Huskies.
Ultimately, the turnovers were too much for the Buffaloes to overcome.
Washington running back Myles Gaskin recorded 159 on the ground to pace the offense, while backup Lavon Coleman added 101 more. Quarterback Jake Browning, meanwhile, threw for two touchdowns in what was otherwise a lackluster night through the air.
Now all the Huskies can do is sit back and wait to see where they land in the final College Football Playoff rankings of the year, but it would be a major surprise if they were leapfrogged for one of the final four spots.
Who knows, Washington may even get their wish and end up with a crack at Alabama in the national semifinal.
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