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Wrapping up Washington's 52-24 win over Colorado

From today's News Tribune ... Here's my game story where wide receiver James Johnson won't label the Huskies a "great" team just yet, but he will admit they are "really good."

No, Johnson still hasn’t seen enough to label the 2011 Huskies “great.” They are still working toward it.

“We are really good,” the wide receiver said, flashing a big smile.

And one of the telling signs of being a good team is to win the games you are supposed to win.

The Huskies were supposed to not only beat the Buffaloes, but also beat them badly – they were favored by as much as 17 points. The last time that was the case was in the home opener against Eastern Washington.

That result was slightly different - the Huskies needed Desmond Trufant’s game-saving interception.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our kids to handle that,” UW coach Steve Sarkisian said. “The natural thing for a young team when you are supposed to win is to have that letdown, and we really responded today.” Venerable columnist John McGrath says its time to put Keith Price's name in the Heisman contenders.

Now here we are, six games into the 2011 schedule – at the halfway point of the regular season – and Price’s 21 touchdown passes trail only the 22 thrown by Baylor’s Robert Griffin III.

Griffin is a Heisman candidate. Why not Price?

He woke up Saturday morning ranked seventh nationally in passing efficiency, with a quarterback rating of 173.70. Stanford’s Andrew Luck began Saturday with a slightly better quarterback rating of 182.33.

Luck, who finished second to Cam Newton in last season’s Heisman race, is the odds-on favorite to win the award. If Luck is in position for a landslide victory, at least Price should be in the discussion, shouldn’t he?Speaking of Price and Luck, Colorado is familiar with both quarterbacks, and  Todd Milles talked to the Buffaloes about it.

“He is just a sophomore, so the future is bright with him. He is a dual threat. You definitely see the potential, and he is having a great year,” Major said.

But not a better season than Luck?

“No,” said Major, a wry smile breaking out over his face, “Who is?”Here's the game notebook with some info on Jesse Callier and Kevin Smith getting their first touchdowns, and Nick Montana's debut.

Above is a highlight show from the kids over at The Daily. It's pretty well done.

From the Boulder Daily Camera ...

Here's Kyle Ringo's game story , which mentions that it was Jon Embree's birthday yesterday.

Just when you thought it couldn't get worse, couldn't get uglier, couldn't be more embarrassing...

The Colorado defense went AWOL Saturday afternoon at Husky Stadium and the Buffs were picked apart like a carcass in a den of starving dogs. Washington scored on its first six possessions and moved the ball almost effortlessly at times through, over and around the Buffs en route to a 52-24 final.

And the loss was costly. Both running back Rodney Stewart and linebacker Douglas Rippy suffered injuries in the game and will be evaluated Sunday. Both could be out for an extended period of time. Stewart's injury likely ends his pursuit of CU's all-time rushing record.

Happy birthday Jon Embree.

Colorado's first-year coach turned 46 Saturday, but he might have aged several more years watching the Buffs sink to a new low point in their debut season in the Pac-12 Conference.The game notebook talks about the injury suffered by running back Rodney Stewart, whose absence rendered the offense pretty impotent.

From the Denver Post ...

Here's John Henderson's game story.

The loss dropped Colorado to 1-6, 0-3 Pac-12, and extended its out-of-state losing streak to 22 games. And the initiation only gets worse. Next comes a visit from ninth-ranked Oregon, which entered the weekend as the No. 2 scoring team in the land (50.2 points per game).

Can you say: "Thank you, sir! May I have another?"

"We got beat in every phase," Colorado coach Jon Embree said. "We didn't stop them running, didn't stop them throwing and we got, what, two pressures maybe on the QB?"

Excuse Embree if he's going through his first year feeling a little like Flounder. But unlike "Animal House," Colorado's season isn't very funny.

Adding injury to insult, the Buffaloes lost more frontline players. Rodney Stewart, the school's second-leading all-time rusher, and linebacker Doug Rippy, probably CU's best defensive player, sprained knees and won't play next week. Rippy could be out for the season.Here's some video from the CU website