McClatcher fumbled twice in Saturday's victory over Colorado, including a turnover at the 1-yard line.
Unprompted, Washington senior quarterback Jake Browning voiced support for struggling teammate Chico McClatcher after the Huskies’ 27-13 victory over Colorado on Saturday.
“I just want to say something: Chico McClatcher is one of the best players on this team, has been for a long time. He’s one of the best players I’ve ever played with,” Browning said.
McClatcher fumbled twice Saturday.
The Huskies recovered his fumble on the game’s opening kickoff.
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They didn’t recover his fumble at the Colorado 1-yard line on the second play of the fourth quarter. The ball was knocked free from McClatcher’s grasp on the end of a 14-yard reception as he tried to push through the goal line; the ball then bounced out of the end zone, a turnover that gave the Buffaloes possession at the 25-yard line.
McClatcher, a junior receiver from Federal Way, suffered a broken left ankle against Colorado last year, when he had already been playing with a torn ACL in his left knee.
He had only the one catch Saturday, his first in three weeks.
“People go through a little bit of a funk in football, and it’s just bang-bang plays. I’ve been through ’em,” Browning said. “But that dude is going to bounce back and do some stuff. … I love Chico.”
Henry bounces back
A week after he missed the potential game-winning field goal in an overtime loss at Oregon, Peyton Henry, the Huskies’ redshirt freshman walk-on kicker, converted both of his field-goal attempts Saturday, from 31 and 30 yards.
“I thought Peyton did a nice job, doing what we asked him to do,” UW coach Chris Petersen said. “He worked like that all week and didn’t flinch. I knew he was going to make those.”
— With their sixth win, the Huskies became bowl eligible for a ninth-straight season. It will be the second longest bowl streak in team history, only behind 10-consecutive years from 1978 to 1987.
— The Huskies have now beaten Colorado nine-straight times. The last win by the Buffaloes was in the 1996 Holiday Bowl.
— The Huskies held Colorado to a season-low 263 total yards. It marks the fifth time this year the Huskies have held their opponent to under 300 yards of total offense.
— Browning became the eighth Pac-12 quarterback to reach the 11,000-yard passing mark in their career. With his 150 yards against Colorado, he now has 11,005 in his career, which ranks No. 8 on the Pac-12’s all-time list. He passed Washington State’s Alex Brink (10,913) and Stanford’s Steve Stenstrom (10,911) on Saturday.
— True freshman defensive lineman Tuli Letuligasenoa made his Pac-12 debut, playing one series on Saturday.
— Senior defensive lineman Jaylen Johnson served a one-half suspension after his targeting ejection a week earlier against Oregon. He had one tackle in the second half vs. Colorado.