BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Washington needed one more possession to try for the win. Colorado never gave them that chance.
Steve Montez threw for a touchdown and led a long final drive from the shadow of his own end zone to run out the clock as Colorado beat Washington 20-14 Saturday night.
Alex Fontenot added 105 yards rushing and a touchdown on 24 carries, springing free for a couple of first down runs on the Buffaloes’ last drive, which ran off the final 5:09. It began at the Buffaloes 1 and ended with Montez taking a knee at the Huskies 18 to run out the final seconds. The victory for Colorado (5-6, 3-5 Pac-12) snapped a nine-game losing streak to Washington (6-5, 3-5).
“At the end of the game, we were able to close it out,” Colorado coach Mel Tucker said. “It’s a credit to our offensive line and our backs and to our overall determination to finish the game.”
Montez, a senior playing his final home game, finished 17 of 28 for 223 yards passing. He also ran for 56 yards, including a 12-yard scramble that got Colorado’s initial first down during the final possession.
“I really didn’t have a whole lot to do with that final drive,” Montez said. “Our O-line, they absolutely dominated. I’m really proud of our guys up front, how they played in the game and how they finished.”
Jacob Eason was 21 of 34 for 206 yards with a touchdown for the Huskies, whose offense was disrupted by constant pressure from a Colorado defense that produced five sacks. The Huskies were outgained 430-230 and their running game went nowhere, generating 32 yards.
“This is as frustrating a game that we’ve had since I’ve been here for sure,” Washington coach Chris Petersen said. “We had nothing going in the first half, a few things going in the second half, drive down there, turn the ball over. We were just going to get some momentum going and it doesn’t happen.”