Huskies Tame Broncos In Season Opener Rout

Per the University of Washington Press Release…

SEATTLE (AP)Michael Penix Jr. threw for 450 yards and matched his career high with five touchdown passes, and No. 10 Washington overwhelmed Boise State in a 56-19 win in the teams’ season opener Saturday at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium.

Penix kicked off his final college season and a Heisman Trophy campaign with a terrific passing performance completing 29 of his 40 passes and throwing touchdowns to four receivers.

After posting the second-most yards passing in the country last year, Penix picked up right where he left off.

Penix threw four of his five touchdowns in the second quarter when the Huskies scored 28 points. He connected with Jalen McMillanon two of his TD passes, and McMillan added a 19-yard touchdown run off a direct snap on the first play of the fourth quarter to give Washington a 42-19 lead.

McMillan finished with eight receptions for 95 yards and touchdowns of seven and 38 yards. And he completed one pass for nine yards on a trick play.

Rome Odunze had seven catches for 132 yards and a five-yard TD catch in the third quarter. Ja’Lynn Polk added three receptions for 101 yards and a score. And tight end Jack Westover had a 20-yard TD catch late in the first half.

The five TDs matched Penix’s previous high set during a 2020 game against Ohio State while he was still at Indiana. He finished one TD pass shy of Washington’s school record of six set by Jake Browning during the 2016 season.

Mountain West preseason favorite Boise State’s Taylen Green threw for 244 yards, including a 50-yard screen pass touchdown to Ashton Jeanty early in the second half that pulled the Broncos within 28-19. But Green was intercepted twice and could not keep up with Washington.

Washington rolled up 206 total yards, including 180 through the air in the second quarter. Penix threw a seven-yard TD to McMillan less than a minute into the quarter and then hit a flurry of big plays to break the game open.

Penix’s final six completions of the second quarter were all for 20 yards or more, including a 38-yard TD strike to McMillan, a 44-yard TD to Polk and a 20-yard TD pass to Westover with 1:27 left in the half.


The Huskies will host Tulsa next Saturday at 2 p.m. at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium.




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