SEATTLE — When he signed his letter of intent to play college football at Washington back in 2014, Drew Lewis envisioned making a lot of plays at Husky Stadium.
Life took him on a different path, however, and on Saturday, the Colorado senior finally played his first game at the picturesque stadium that sits next to Union Bay on Lake Washington.
“At first, stepping into Husky Stadium was a little special,” he said Saturday after the Buffs’ 27-13 loss to the host Huskies. “I got excited, a little nervous energy, but nothing I’m not used to.”
Lewis, who played at Eastlake High School in Sammamish, Wash., was a redshirt with the Huskies in 2014. He was dismissed from the team the next summer, though, and went to Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College for a year before signing with the Buffs.
Although Lewis had played against the Huskies in each of the past two years, this was CU’s first visit to Seattle since 2013.
“This is really my first game I played in Husky Stadium, so that was pretty special,” he said. “At the end of the day I was just trying to focus up with a lot of distractions; I know a lot of guys on their team. Between the whistles you just have to pay attention. It’s not hard to pay attention when you have a lot on your shoulders.”
Lewis finished with one tackle, but got pressure on quarterback Jake Browning a few times.
Big moment for Arias
Lewis wasn’t the only Buff enjoying a homecoming.
Freshman receiver Daniel Arias is from Henry M. Jackson High School in nearby Mill Creek, Wash. His first career catch and touchdown came on Saturday.
“It means a lot, doing it in front of my family and all my friends that came to watch,” he said. “It means a lot.”
Tight ends on the board
For the first time this season, the Buffaloes threw to their tight ends.
Brady Russell finished with four catches for 23 yards, while Chris Bounds added one catch for 15 yards. Russell is the first CU tight end to catch four passes in a game since Scott Fernandez had four in the 2013 season finale at Utah.
Prior to Saturday, CU had not attempted a single pass all season to their tight ends.
“I think that (was part of the game plan) because Laviska (Shenault) was out,” quarterback Steven Montez said. “Laviska plays that wide position, as well. The tight ends came in and did a great job. They caught some balls and got busy on the perimeter. They played well, especially doing exactly what we needed them to do.”
Shorthanded at corner
Starting cornerback Delrick Abrams, Jr., did not make the trip to Seattle because of a calf injury sustained this week in practice. Trey Udoffia, who had not seen any game action the previous two weeks, got the start in Abrams’ place.
By the end of the game, though, the Buffs were down two corners. Starter Chris Miller left the game with a wrist injury.
“Hopefully we’ll get one of those guys back this week,” head coach Mike MacIntyre said.
Price perfect in debut
Place kicker James Stefanou was another key player to skip this game, as he continues to nurse a hip injury. With him out, the Buffs turned to freshman Evan Price, went 2-for-2 on field goals, hitting form 37 and 26 yards.
“I was pleased that Evan showed he can do it, which is really good for us,” MacIntyre said.
Douglas Price, the father of Evan and Davis — CU’s junior punter and kickoff specialist — was the Buffs’ pilot for the trip to and from Seattle. It was the second time he was CU’s pilot and the first time since a 2016 trip to USC.
CU had allowed just six fourth-quarter points all season before allowing 10 on Saturday. … Montez was 10-for-12 for 100 yards in the first half, but just 7-for-16 for 44 yards in the second half. … The Buffs averaged just 2.7 yards on first downs (67 yards on 25 plays), compared to 6.7 yards by Washington (213 yards on 32 plays). … CU has lost nine in a row to Washington.