Per The University of Washington Press Release…
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Michael Penix Jr. threw for 484 yards and had five total touchdowns and No. 12 Washington reclaimed the Apple Cup with a wild 51-33 victory over Washington State on Saturday night.
A year after the Huskies watched the Cougars celebrate snapping a seven-game losing streak on the turf of Husky Stadium, Washington kept alive its hopes for a New Year’s Six bowl game thanks to its standout quarterback and a handful of defensive stops in the second half.
The 84 combined points were the most in the 114 matchups between the rivals.
Washington (10-2, 7-2 Pac-12, No. 13 CFP) outscored the Cougars (7-5, 4-5) 23-6 in the second half after a dizzying first half that featured 55 combined points, 630 combined yards of offense and a 28-27 lead for the Huskies at the break.
Rome Odunze had a 5-yard touchdown run in the opening moments of the fourth quarter. Peyton Henry kicked a 20-yard field goal with 5:02 left, and Wayne Taulapapa provided the capper with a 40-yard TD run with 1:28 left.
The Huskies finished with 702 yards of offense against a Washington State defense that led the Pac-12 in scoring defense at under 20 points per game. If not for two second-half turnovers by the Huskies, the margin of victory could have been much larger.
Washington’s victory also sent Utah to the Pac-12 championship game as the opponent for Southern California next week in Las Vegas.
Cameron Ward threw for 322 yards and two touchdowns for Washington State, but the Cougars failed to score on five of their six offensive possessions in the second half. Odunze had five catches 157 yards and a touchdown to go along with his TD run and Jalen McMillan caught six passes for 150 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown reception on the first play of the second half that gave the Huskies a 35-27 lead.
Washington has won eight of nine in the series and the past four games played in Pullman. Washington State was seeking consecutive Apple Cup victories for the first time since 2007-08.
Penix was 25 of 43 passing and nearly topped 500 yards for the second time this season. He threw for 242 yards as part of a first half that featured 55 combined points, seven lead changes, 630 total yards.
Penix threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more in the first half, one a 30-yard run on what turned out to be a double lateral.
Penix connected with Ja’Lynn Polk on a 26-yard TD and a 47-yard TD to Odunze on a double move.
Washington State also had some tricks. Punter Nick Haberer hit linebacker Daiyon Henley on a 36-yard pass that set up Washington State’s first TD. It was one of four fourth-down conversions for the Cougars and Ward capped that drive with a 14-yard touchdown run.
Ward added touchdown passes of 34 yards to Robert Ferrel on fourth-and-10, and a 15-yard TD pass to Nakia Watson. Dean Janikowski’s second field goal on the final play of the half pulled the Cougars within 28-27 at the break.
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