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Washington gets scores on offense, defense and special teams in 38-23 win over Colorado

  • Washington running back Shaq Thompson, front, runs for touchdown past Colorado defensive lineman De'Jon Wilson in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Boulder, Colo., on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

    Washington running back Shaq Thompson, front, runs for touchdown past Colorado defensive lineman De'Jon Wilson in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Boulder, Colo., on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)  (The Associated Press)

  • Washington wide receiver Kasen Williams, left, celebrates with running back Shaq Thompson after Thompson's touchdown run against Colorado in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Boulder, Colo., on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

    Washington wide receiver Kasen Williams, left, celebrates with running back Shaq Thompson after Thompson's touchdown run against Colorado in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Boulder, Colo., on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)  (The Associated Press)

  • Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau directs his team against Washington in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Boulder, Colo., on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

    Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau directs his team against Washington in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Boulder, Colo., on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)  (The Associated Press)

Shaq Thompson rushed for 174 yards, Travis Feeney had a 30-yard interception return for a touchdown and Dante Pettis scored on an 87-yard punt return and Washington bulldozed the Colorado Buffaloes 38-23 Saturday.

The Huskies (6-3, 2-3 Pac-12) overcame a 20-17 halftime deficit to snap a two-game skid. The Buffaloes (2-7, 0-6) lost their fifth straight.

The Buffs started out fast for a change, but failed to finish strong even though they slowed Thompson after his big first half in which he ran for 151 yards and a TD on just 10 carries and added a 41-yard reception to set up another score.

He finished with 174 yards on 15 carries for an 11.6-yard average and 215 all-purpose yards in his second straight start in the Huskies' backfield.

The Huskies' first lead came with 5:38 left in the third quarter when Cyler Miles faked a handoff to Thompson, rolled left and found Pettis for a 28-yard touchdown to put Washington ahead 24-23.

That touchdown followed a fumble by Buffaloes running back Phillip Lindsay, who also fumbled the kickoff after Feeney's pick-6 had made it 31-23.

Pettis put the game out of reach when he darted down the Huskies' sideline to make it a 15-point game with 13:10 left.

The Buffs' last gasp ended when Hau'oli Kikaha dumped Sefo Luifau for a sack on fourth-and-8 from the Washington 9 with two minutes left. Kikaha leads the nation with 15 1-2 sacks.

Washington's comeback began when Miles hit Kendyl Taylor from 9 yards in the final minute of the first half to pull Washington to 20-17 at the break.

After getting outscored 45-0 in the first quarter of their past two games, the Buffaloes scored a touchdown on their first drive for the first time all season. Liufau threw a 30-yard strike to D.D. Goodson for a 7-0 lead.

The Huskies looked as if they'd strike right back when Pettis got behind the defense and hauled in a 48-yard catch, but freshman safety Evan White tripped him up at the 10-yard line.

Two plays later, Miles couldn't handle the high, hard shotgun snap and linebacker Kenneth Olugbode recovered.

After Will Oliver's 30-yard field goal made it 10-0, Thompson got free down the left sideline for 39 yards, then took a fourth-and-2 pitch from Miles and cut back for a 24-yard touchdown.

Colorado fullback George Frazier's 1-yard TD catch made it 17-7.

Thompson reeled off a 56-yard run, but the Huskies stalled and settled for Cameron Van Winkle's 35-yard field goal to pull to 17-10.

The Huskies failed to capitalize on a turnover by Liufau deep in his own territory when Miles and Thompson had trouble on the handoff and defensive lineman Jimmie Gilbert recovered for the Buffaloes.

That led to a 39-yard field goal by Oliver, but Thompson responded with his big run and the Huskies were down by just a field goal at the break, then handled the Buffs in the second half.