Quarterback Michael Penix Jr. threw for 2 touchdowns and ran for one more, and No. 5 Washington pitched a shutout within the second half to rally for a 35-28 win over No. 13 Utah Saturday.
The Huskies (10-0, 7-0 Pac-12, No. 5 CFP) prolonged the second-longest lively win streak within the nation to 17 video games and reached 10-0 for less than the second time at school historical past. The one different time got here in 1991, when the Huskies claimed a share of the nationwide title with Miami.
Penix wasn’t at his finest on a blustery day on the shore of Lake Washington. However he made sufficient massive performs within the move recreation and allowed Washington’s protection to make key changes at halftime after being unable to decelerate the Utes within the first half.
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Penix hit Rome Odunze on each of his landing throws and ran for a 2-yard TD within the first quarter. Penix was 24 of 42 passing for 332 yards. Odunze had three catches for 111 yards, and Dillon Johnson rushed for 104 yards every week after operating for 256 yards towards Southern California.
Washington took a 33-28 lead on Penix’s 33-yard landing move to Odunze within the third quarter and appeared on the verge of extending the lead solely to see linebacker Alphonzo Tuputala return an interception 76 yards earlier than dropping the ball on the 1-yard line on his means into the tip zone. Washington ended up getting a security on the following play and had a 35-28 lead after three quarters.
Washington had an opportunity to increase the result in 10, however Grady Gross’s 32-yard subject aim try was blocked by Utah’s Connor O’Toole with 1:38 left. However on fourth and 10, Utah quarterback Bryson Barnes was intercepted on a desperation throw close to midfield.
Barnes was the higher quarterback within the first half, hitting on 13 of 17 passes for 238 yards and landing passes of 6 yards to Miki Suguturaga and 53 yards to Sinoe Vaki on a display move. Barnes additionally hit DeVaughn Vele on a 68-yard strike late within the first half to arrange Ja’Quinden Jackson’s second landing run that gave Utah (7-3, 4-3, No. 18 CFP) a 28-24 lead at halftime.
Utah’s offense disappeared within the second half as Washington was capable of get extra strain on Barnes. Barnes completed 17 of 30 for 267 yards, and the Utes had simply 90 yards and 4 first downs within the second half.
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Tuputala had what seemed to be a second choose six previously 4 video games for Washington.
However he got here up one yard brief.
Tuputala was on the verge of giving Washington a two-score lead after intercepting Barnes. However Tuputala dropped the ball on the 1-yard line as he was going into the tip zone. Whereas he celebrated with teammates, Utah offensive lineman Michael Mokofisi jumped on the unfastened ball, giving the Utes possession.
Washington rapidly regained momentum as Utah operating again Jackson was tackled ultimately zone on the following play for a security.
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Utah: Barnes’ profession excessive in yards passing was 235 and got here within the Utes’ win at Southern California final month. He topped that mark within the first half however could not preserve it going within the second half. Utah had 306 complete yards within the first half, a mark it failed to achieve towards Florida, UCLA, Oregon State and Oregon.
Washington: The Huskies have been 9-0 in 2016 when USC visited and beat Washington 26-14. The Huskies nonetheless managed to get to the School Soccer Playoff that season.
Utah is at No. 21 Arizona Saturday.
Washington travels to No. 12 Oregon State Saturday.