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 win over Washington State on Saturday night.
A year after the Huskies saw the Cougars celebrate a seven-game losing streak on the turf of Husky Stadium, Washington’s outstanding quarterback and a handful of second-half defensive stops kept his hopes of a New Year’s Six Bowl game alive alive .
Washington (10-2, 7-2 Pac-12, No. 13 CFP) beat the Cougars (7-5, 4-5) 23-6 in the second half after a staggering first half with 55 combined points, 630 combined meters of attack 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 supplied 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 on less than 20 points per game. Were it not for two turnovers by the Huskies in the second half, the margin of victory could have been much larger.
The 84 combined points was the most in the 114 encounters between the rivals.
Washington’s victory also sent Utah to the Pac-12 championship game to face 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.
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