Sep 4, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Washington Huskies defensive back Trent McDuffie (22) participates in pregame warmups against the Montana Grizzlies at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Washington CB Trent McDuffie declares for NFL draft

Washington Huskies junior cornerback Trent McDuffie is entering the 2022 NFL Draft.

The three-year starter and 2021 All-Pac-12 first-team selection made the announcement Monday. He’s projected as a first-round pick by most outlets.

“We decided it was the best time for me to take this next step on this new adventure,” McDuffie told Yahoo Sports.

McDuffie registered 94 tackles, two interceptions and three forced fumbles in 28 games with the Huskies. He was the Pac-12 Freshman Defensive Player of the Year in 2019 and a second-team all-conference pick in 2020.

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Oct 23, 2021; Pullman, Washington, USA; Washington State Cougars head coach interim Jake Dickert reacts after a play during a game against the Brigham Young Cougars in the second half at Gesa Field at Martin Stadium. BYU won 21-19. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

WSU heads into Apple Cup vs. Washington with plenty at stake

After beating lowly Arizona last week, Washington State interim coach Jake Dickert said last Friday, “There’s still a lot to play for.”

He was alluding to the Apple Cup rivalry against Washington and the Cougars’ impending bowl game.

A day later, when Oregon lost, Dickert could add a potential Pac-12 North championship to the list of things his team could still accomplish.

With a WSU victory in Seattle on Friday, and an Oregon State win over Oregon on Saturday, the Cougars would tie for first place atop the division with the Ducks and Beavers. Washington State would hold the tiebreaker with a 4-1 record in divisional play and would advance to the Pac-12 title game in Las Vegas on Dec. 3.

That would be quite an achievement considering coach Nick Rolovich was fired last month for not following the state’s COVID-19 mandate.

“They never quit on themselves,” Dickert said of the players. “After everything happened with the coaching change, the captains came together and said, ‘We will change the momentum. We will move forward, and we will keep pressing.’

“I told them, ‘Do it for you guys, do it for the bond you formed in the locker room and do it for what you guys have accomplished here.’”

Moreover, the way the Cougars’ players have responded under Dickert’s leadership has led to growing sentiment that WSU would be hard-pressed not to remove the “interim” tag from his title, particularly if they beat the Huskies. Washington State is 2-2 under Dickert, with the two losses coming to BYU and Oregon (a combined 18-4 this season).

One accomplishment that has eluded these Cougars is a victory in the Apple Cup. They have lost seven straight games in the series, all by double digits, and have not won in Seattle since 2007.

“I want to win this game so bad,” said sixth-year WSU linebacker Jahad Woods, “not only for the teammates that I have now and the coaches I have now, but for my teammates that didn’t win it these past five years that I’ve been a part of playing in the Apple Cup.

“It’s something that’s super important to me and I’m not going to take this week lightly.”

The Huskies (4-7, 3-5) have failed to qualify for a bowl game for the first time since 2009 and coach Jimmy Lake was fired.

So, it’s a pair of interim coaches leading their teams into the 113th meeting of the cross-state rivals (Washington holds a 74-32-6 edge).

Bob Gregory, in his eighth season on the Huskies’ staff, leads Washington as head coach for the third game, having come close against Arizona State and Colorado, but falling by one late possession each time.

He is familiar with both sides of the rivalry, having played linebacker at WSU (1984-86).

“We’re all mercenaries anyway as coaches,” Gregory said when asked about his allegiance. “Whoever pays us and puts food on our table for our kids, that’s who we’re rooting for.”

Gregory was also asked about the plan for heralded freshman quarterback Sam Huard, who could still retain his redshirt even if he played Friday against the Cougars. Might Huard start?

“I could (tell you) but I’d have to kill you,” Gregory joked. “So, no. I’m not going to divulge … no injuries, no quarterback updates.”

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Sep 3, 2021; Boulder, Colorado, USA; Colorado Buffaloes running back Ashaad Clayton (0) and tight end Brady Russell (38) celebrate after a fourth quarter touchdown carry against the Northern Colorado Bears at Folsom Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado, Washington look for positives in disappointing seasons

Colorado and visiting Washington had hopes of challenging for a Pac-12 championship this season, but instead will meet on Saturday to wind down what has been a disappointing year for both teams in Boulder, Colo.

The Huskies (4-6, 3-4 Pac-12) are dealing with some controversy ahead of the game. Washington fired head coach Jimmy Lake on Sunday after a little more than a season in the position.

Huskies defensive coordinator Bob Gregory was named the interim coach.

Lake was suspended for a game for a sideline incident during a loss to Oregon on Nov. 6. He didn’t coach in the loss to Arizona State last week and Washington athletic director Jen Cohen met with Lake on Sunday night and fired him.

Lake was elevated to head coach before the 2019 season and led the Huskies to a pandemic-shortened 3-1 record but the team has regressed in his second season. The sideline incident — he appeared to strike linebacker Ruperake Fuavai — as well as past allegations of being physical with players in 2019 and the poor on-field performance were all factors, Cohen said Sunday.

“There wasn’t one factor that led me to this decision. Wins and losses, no fan support (are some) of many factors that you’re considering when you’re making a decision this impactful,” Cohen said.

The Huskies need to focus on Colorado (3-7, 2-5) to keep their hopes alive of becoming eligible to play in a bowl game. Washington needs to beat the Buffaloes and Washington State in the final game to become bowl eligible.

Colorado won’t reach six wins no matter what happens in the last two games. The Buffaloes had a strong start, winning their opener and nearly beating No. 6 Texas A&M in the second game, but have only managed wins over Arizona and Oregon State in double overtime.

Last week Colorado led at UCLA 20-7 before the Bruins reeled off 37 straight points. Now, the Buffaloes are in the role of spoiler.

“We’ve got some seasons to ruin still if we want to,” tight end Brady Russell said. “That’s some motivation for sure. And just pride also. That’s big, going out with some dignity. I know we don’t want to go out like we did (Saturday) for the rest of the season. That’s embarrassing.”

Colorado will play the last two games without linebacker Joshka Gustav and wide receiver Montana Lemonious-Craig after both suffered season-ending injuries at UCLA.

–Field Level Media

Nov 13, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils quarterback Jayden Daniels (5) escapes a potential sack by Washington Huskies linebacker Jackson Sirmon (43) during the second quarter at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona St. rallies to topple Washington

Rachaad White rushed for 184 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score with 1:11 remaining, as Arizona State rallied from a 14-point deficit to defeat Washington 35-30 in a Pacific-12 Conference game on a rainy Saturday in Seattle.

White’s second TD gave the Sun Devils a 28-24 lead. Teammate Merlin Robertson scored on a 37-yard interception return with 32 seconds remaining.

The Huskies scored on a 2-yard pass from Dylan Morris to Devin Culp with 3 seconds remaining and recovered the ensuing onside kick, but Morris threw incomplete on the final play.

Jayden Daniels was just 10-of-16 passing for 90 yards but threw for one touchdown and rushed for another and the Sun Devils (7-3, 5-2 Pac-12) piled up 286 yards on the ground.

The Huskies (4-6, 3-4), who were without suspended head coach Jimmy Lake and fired offensive coordinator John Donovan, never trailed until White’s late score. Defensive coordinator Bob Gregory served as the acting head coach and Junior Adams called the plays.

Morris was 16 of 28 for 151 yards, with one TD passing and another on the ground. Cameron Davis rushed for 67 yards and a score.

After trailing 17-7 at the half, White scored on a 5-yard touchdown midway through the third quarter. Daniels pulled the Sun Devils within 24-21 on a 4-yard run with 5:46 remaining.

The Huskies took an early lead, scoring touchdowns on their first two drives and then getting a 37-yard field goal from Peyton Henry on the last play of the half.

Davis scored on a 3-yard touchdown run up the middle to cap UW’s initial drive. On the next possession, Morris scored on a 3-yard run to make it 14-0.

The Sun Devils got on the scoreboard with 46 seconds left in the half on Daniels’ 18-yard pass to Curtis Hodges.

But that gave Morris and the Huskies just enough time to move into field-goal range before the intermission.

Kamari Pleasant scored Washington’s other TD on a 1-yard run on the final play of the third quarter, giving UW a 24-14 lead.

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Oct 30, 2021; Stanford, California, USA;  Stanford Cardinal linebacker Gabe Reid (90) pressures Washington Huskies quarterback Dylan Morris (9) during the first quarter at Stanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

Huskies score with 21 seconds left to beat Stanford

Dylan Morris threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Jalen McMillan with 21 seconds remaining as Washington defeated host Stanford 20-13 in a Pacific-12 Conference game Saturday night.

Peyton Henry kicked four field goals for the Huskies (4-4, 3-2 Pac-12), who won at Stanford for the first time since 2007.

The Huskies got the ball back at their own 33-yard line with 2:51 left.

Morris threw an 11-yard pass to McMillan and Sean McGrew rushed for 16 yards to get them into Stanford territory. Cameron Davis gained 6 yards on third-and-4 from the 34 and Morris scampered for 7 yards to give UW a third-and-2 from the 20. Instead of setting up a field goal, Morris threw a strike to McMillan in the back right corner of the end zone.

The Huskies piled up 229 yards rushing, with McGrew gaining 114 yards on 19 carries and Davis adding 99 yards on 18 attempts. Morris completed 17-of-25 passes for 146 yards.

Trailing 12-3 entering the fourth quarter, the Cardinal took the lead as quarterback Tanner McKee scored on a 1-yard sneak and Joshua Karty added a 43-yard field goal with 7:05 remaining.

McKee was 21-of-32 passing for 194 yards with two interceptions, the latter by Washington’s Brendan Radley-Hiles with 6 seconds left. McKee’s first interception and a lost fumble on a sack led to UW field goals.

Austin Jones rushed 16 times for 62 yards for the Cardinal (3-5, 2-4), who suffered their third straight loss.

Washington took a 9-3 halftime lead as both teams failed to convert red-zone trips into touchdowns.

Karty kicked a 35-yard field goal on the opening drive of the game.

It remained 3-0 until the second quarter, when Henry hit from 24, 37 and 32 yards, capping drives of 57, 50 and 81 yards. The last kick came on the final play of the half.

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Oct 22, 2021; Tucson, Arizona, USA; Washington Huskies wide receiver Rome Odunze (16) catches a touchdown pass against the Arizona Wildcats during the second half at Arizona Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Washington rallies to hand Arizona 19th straight loss

Dylan Morris passed for two second-half touchdowns and Washington’s defense provided a spark with two fourth-quarter interceptions as the Huskies rallied to beat winless Arizona 21-16 on Friday night in Tucson, Ariz.

Washington (3-4, 2-2 Pac-12) trailed 13-0 at halftime. The Huskies went ahead for the first time when Morris found Rome Odunze on an 8-yard pass for a 21-16 lead with 6:44 to go.

The Wildcats (0-7, 0-4) then went three-and-out and didn’t get the ball back until 21 seconds were left. They went from their 20 to their 40, where a last-second Hail Mary pass was picked off.

Arizona has the nation’s longest losing streak at 19 games.

The Wildcats looked in control early in the fourth quarter, leading 16-7 with a first down at the Washington 28. However, Will Plummer was intercepted by lineman Tuli Letuligasenoa on a short pass into traffic near the line of scrimmage.

The Huskies needed only four plays to go 71 yards, scoring on a 9-yard run by Cameron Davis with 11:39 to go to make it 16-14.

Washington ran for just 88 yards, but the passing game was buoyed by big plays from receiver Terrell Bynum, who caught five passes for 143 yards. Morris completed 13 of 21 passes for 217 yards with no interceptions.

Plummer was 13 of 20 for only 68 yards. Arizona’s Stevie Rocker Jr. ran eight times for a team-high 87 yards.

Washington cut into its halftime deficit with an 81-yard drive that was capped by a 16-yard touchdown pass to Bynum with 9:41 left in the third quarter. The Wildcats answered with a methodical running game that ate up more than seven minutes in a 15-play drive that ended with Tyler Loop’s 35-yard field goal.

The teams combined for just 41 yards in the first quarter, but an Arizona blocked punt after the first possession led to a 3-0 lead.

In the second quarter, an Arizona 10-play drive ended in Jamarye Joiner’s 1-yard touchdown run on a direct snap. The Wildcats went up 13-0 on Lucas Havrisik’s 50-yard field goal with 2:23 to go before halftime.

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Oct 16, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Washington Huskies head coach Jimmy Lake calls for a timeout during the third quarter against the UCLA Bruins at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Washington looks to end 2-game skid against winless Arizona

Washington doesn’t appear ready to make a quarterback change. Arizona has no choice.

The struggling teams meet Friday night in Tucson, Ariz. The Huskies (2-4, 1-2 Pac-12) make the trip to play Arizona (0-6, 0-3) on a two-game losing streak and with a quarterback, redshirt freshman Dylan Morris, who has thrown a conference-high eight interceptions.

Morris has a 5-5 record in the 10 games of the Jimmy Lake coaching era.

Lake’s other options are five-star true freshman Sam Huard and sixth-year senior Patrick O’Brien, a transfer from Colorado State.

“We are nowhere near that point right now,” Lake said of a quarterback change.

“If you go back to the last two games, we’re one, two plays away from being 3-0 in conference. So we’re close. … There’s not going to be a panic button pushed here where all the sudden, we’re just going to be rotating guys in and out at certain positions, especially an important position like quarterback.”

Washington started the season No. 20 in the preseason AP poll, but the Huskies rank 100th in scoring (23.5 points per game) and have yet to ignite the running game (112th nationally at 111.0 yards per game).

But most teams find a way to get well against the Wildcats, who have lost 18 consecutive games, the longest skid in the country. They were shut out last week at Colorado and are tied for last nationally in scoring at 14.0 points per game.

Making things worse, Arizona has lost its top two quarterbacks — Jordan McCloud and Gunner Cruz — to season-ending injuries in the past two games, leaving Will Plummer as the only scholarship option.

Plummer, who started this season in a 21-19 home loss to FCS opponent Northern Arizona, has completed 36 of 71 passes for 380 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions.

Plummer has a penchant for trying to make big plays.

“I think the aggressive part of the play and taking shots down the field, we want that,” said Arizona head coach Jedd Fisch. “We now have to hit them. You hit on a couple of them and it’s like, ‘Wow, that’s exactly what we’re looking for.’”

The Wildcats have failed to score 20 points in nine consecutive games.

Washington, which has won the past four games in the series, did get some good news last week. Standout outside linebacker Zion Tupuola-Fetui made his season debut last week after returning from an Achilles’ injury. He had 10 reps, according to Lake.

“He came out of the game healthy, and I would expect him to have more plays Friday night,” Lake said.

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Oct 16, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Washington Huskies quarterback Dylan Morris (9) passes against the UCLA Bruins during the first quarter at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Dorian Thompson-Robinson tosses 2 TDs as UCLA edges Washington

Dorian Thompson-Robinson threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another as UCLA defeated Washington 24-17 Saturday night in a Pacific-12 Conference game in Seattle.

It was the second consecutive victory for the Bruins (5-2, 3-1 Pac-12) and the second straight defeat for the Huskies (2-4, 1-2).

Thompson-Robinson hit tight end Greg Dulcich over the middle on a 9-yard touchdown pass with 8:19 remaining to break a 17-all tie.

The Huskies reached midfield on their next possession, but Dylan Morris’ deep ball for Rome Odunze was intercepted by UCLA’s Devin Kirkwood at the 4-yard line with 4:50 remaining.

The Bruins then ran out the clock.

Thompson-Robinson, a senior, completed 21 of 26 passes for 183 yards and a 165.3 rating. He also gained 87 yards on 12 carries.

Zach Charbonnet rushed 21 times for 131 yards for the Bruins, who improved to 3-0 on the road.

Morris completed 20 of 30 passes for 184 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Teammate Kamari Pleasant rushed nine times for 80 yards.

Thompson-Robinson guided the Bruins to a 17-3 lead.

He threw a 17-yard scoring strike to Kam Brown with 29 seconds left in the first quarter to give UCLA a 7-3 lead.

After a 39-yard field goal by Nicholas Barr-Mira made it 10-3 with 7:04 left in the half, Thompson-Robinson scored on a 1-yard sneak on a fourth-and-goal play with 3:33 remaining to extend the lead to 17-3.

The Huskies responded with an eight-play, 69-yard drive, with Morris hitting Odunze in the back left corner of the end zone to make it 17-10 with 52 seconds left in the half.

The Huskies tied the score at 17-all on their first drive of the third quarter, with Morris sneaking in from a yard out on fourth-and-goal.

Washington’s Peyton Henry opened the scoring with a 25-yard field goal with 3:23 remaining in the first quarter.

The Huskies honored their 1991 national championship team with throwback uniforms.

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Sep 18, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Washington Huskies quarterback Dylan Morris (9) throws a pass against the Arkansas State Red Wolves during the second quarter at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Washington routs Arkansas St. for first win of season

Dylan Morris threw for a career-high 367 yards and three touchdowns as Washington earned its first victory of the season, defeating Arkansas State 52-3 on a rainy Saturday afternoon in Seattle.

The Red Wolves (1-2), who entered the game fourth nationally with 596.5 yards of total offense per game, were limited to just 268 while UW amassed 598.

The Huskies (1-2), upset by Montana of the Football Championship Subdivision in their home opener before a loss last week at Michigan, went three-and-out on their first possession. But the Huskies scored touchdowns on their next four drives — all 70 yards or longer — to take a 28-0 lead with 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter.

Washington got a boost from two players making their season debuts — wide receiver Jalen McMillan and running back Sean McGrew. McMillan, who suffered a hand injury midway through fall camp, had 10 receptions for 175 yards and a touchdown. McGrew, a preseason Doak Walker Award candidate, hadn’t played in the first two games but rushed for two scores.

Morris hit tight end Cade Otton with a 13-yard pass to open the scoring.

After Arkansas State missed a short field-goal attempt, McGrew scored on a 13-yard run.

Richard Newton Jr., who led the Huskies with 52 yards rushing on 10 attempts, scored on a 2-yard run early in the second quarter.

McMillan caught a 33-yard scoring strike from Morris with 10 minutes left in the half.

McGrew scored on a 2-yard run with 4:37 left in the third quarter to make it 35-0 before the Red Wolves finally got on the board on Blake Grupe’s 26-yard field goal.

Terrell Bynum caught a 42-yard touchdown pass from Morris with 13:59 remaining to make it 42-3.

Huskies backup quarterback Sam Huard led a 72-yard drive to set up Peyton Henry’s 38-yard field goal with 8:05 left.

UW linebacker Bralen Trice returned a fumble 72 yards for a touchdown with 3:34 to go.

Arkansas State’s James Blackman completed 16 of 38 passes for 176 yards. Backup Layne Hatcher entered in the fourth quarter and was 6 of 11 for 44 yards.

The Red Wolves’ Lincoln Pare made seven catches for 69 yards. Johnnie Lang was their leading rusher with 18 yards on six carries.

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Sep 11, 2021; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; Michigan Wolverines running back Blake Corum (2) rushes in the second half against the Washington Huskies at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan’s ground game too much for Huskies

Blake Corum and Hassan Haskins combined to rush for 326 yards and four touchdowns as Michigan defeated visiting Washington 31-10 Saturday night in a nonconference game in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Corum carried 21 times for 171 yards and three scores, including a 67-yard run in the second quarter that gave the Wolverines (2-0) a 10-0 halftime lead.

Haskins added 155 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries as Michigan kept to the ground without star receiver/kick returner Ronnie Bell, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in a 47-14 victory against Western Michigan last week.

The Wolverines’ defense did the rest, keeping the Huskies (0-2) off the scoreboard until Peyton Henry kicked a 28-yard field goal with 5:54 left in the third quarter to make it 17-3.

That was Washington’s first score since its opening drive last week, when it was upset 13-7 by visiting Montana, a Football Championship Subdivision school.

The Huskies finally reached the end zone on a 22-yard pass from Dylan Morris to Terrell Bynum with 12:04 remaining.

Corum’s long touchdown run came one play after the Wolverines successfully converted a fake punt, with Michael Barrett rushing up the middle for three yards on fourth-and-1 from their own 30-yard line.

Michigan took the second half kickoff and marched 73 yards in eight players, capped by Corum’s 7-yard touchdown run, to extend its lead to 17-0.

Haskins scored on a 6-yard run with 13:56 remaining to make it 24-3 and Corum capped the scoring on a 4-yard run with 1:48 left.

Without Bell as a target, Wolverines quarterback Cade McNamara was just 7 of 15 for 44 yards.

Washington’s Morris completed 20 of 37 passes for 293 yards. Taj Davis made six catches for 78 yards and Bynum had five receptions for 115.

The Huskies gained just 50 yards rushing, with Richard Newton leading the way with 24 yards on 12 carries.

Receiver Giles Jackson, making his return to Ann Arbor after transferring from Michigan to Washington in the offseason, had three catches for 49 yards and three rushes for nine yards.

— Field Level Media