McClatcher fumbled twice in Saturday's victory over Colorado, including a turnover at the 1-yard line.

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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.

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.