Nov 26, 2022; Pullman, Washington, USA; Washington State Cougars quarterback Cameron Ward (1) is caught from behind by Washington Huskies defensive lineman Bralen Trice (8) in first half at Gesa Field at Martin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Penix Jr., No. 13 Washington win points fest over Washington St.

Michael Penix Jr. passed for 485 yards and three touchdowns and added two rushing scores to lead No. 13 Washington to a 51-33 victory over Apple Cup-rival Washington State on Saturday night in Pac-12 play at Pullman, Wash.

Penix, who completed 25 of 43 passes, became the second quarterback in Huskies’ history to throw for more than 4,000 yards in a season. His total sits at 4,353, trailing only Cody Pickett (4,458 in 2002).

Jalen McMillan caught six passes for 150 yards and one touchdown, and Rome Odunze had five receptions for 157 yards and scored two touchdowns — one receiving, one rushing — for Washington (10-2, 7-2 Pac-12). Wayne Taulapapa rushed for 126 yards and one score for the Huskies, who won their sixth consecutive game.

Cameron Ward completed 33 of 52 passes for 322 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for a score for the Cougars (7-5, 4-5), who had a three-game winning streak halted.

Nakia Watson accounted for two touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving) for Washington State, which had 433 offensive yards.

Washington converted 11 of 13 third-down attempts while rolling up 703 yards of total offense, third in program history.

The Huskies won the Apple Cup for the 18th time in the past 24 meetings. The 84 combined points is the most in the rivalry.

Penix threw a 75-yard touchdown pass to McMillan on the first play of the third quarter to give Washington a 35-27 lead.

Watson scored on a 4-yard run with 6:31 left in the period, but Ward’s two-point conversion run failed.

Odunze scored on a 5-yard jet sweep with 14:30 left in the game, and Peyton Henry booted a 20-yard field goal to make it an 11-point margin with 5:02 left. Taulapapa sealed it with a 40-yard touchdown run with 1:28 left.

Washington had 326 yards in the first half while holding a 28-27 lead. The Cougars had 304 in the half.

Penix threw a 26-yard scoring pass to Ja’Lynn Polk for a 7-3 lead with 5:23 left in the first quarter. Ward scampered in from 14 yards to give Washington State a three-point lead with 53 seconds remaining.

Penix connected on a 47-yard touchdown pass to Odunze to put the Huskies back ahead 93 seconds into the second quarter. But the Cougars answered with Ward’s 34-yard pass to Robert Ferrel to take a 17-14 advantage with 11:05 left in the half.

A trick play in which Penix caught a backward pass from McMillan and ran 30 yards for a score put the Huskies back ahead. Washington State responded with Ward’s 15-yard touchdown pass to Watson to take a 24-21 lead with 5:07 remaining in the half.

Penix scored on a 4-yard run as the Huskies again moved ahead. Dean Janikowski kicked a 29-yard field goal as time expired to move Washington State within one.

–Field Level Media

Nov 19, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; Washington Huskies head coach Kalen DeBoer stands on the sideline  during the third quarter against the Colorado Buffaloes at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Washington coach Kalen DeBoer gets extension through ’28

First-year Washington coach Kalen DeBoer had his contract extended through the 2028 season on Tuesday.

DeBoer has guided the Huskies to a 9-2 record so far, establishing a program record for victories by a first-year coach. Washington is currently ranked 13th in the College Football Playoff rankings.

“My family and I have loved every minute of being here at this amazing institution in this world-class city,” DeBoer said in a statement. “We talk all the time about how it’s the people who set a place apart and Husky Nation is filled with some of the best we have ever encountered. We are incredibly grateful for the support we have received and are excited to continue to build on the amazing tradition of success we have here at the University of Washington.”

DeBoer initially received a five-year deal worth up to $16.5 million. According to reports, he will receive a $1 million raise for 2023 to at least $4.2 million and will get annual raises of $100,000.

The 48-year-old coach reportedly will receive $500,000 retention bonuses in March 2024 and March 2026 and a $1 million retention bonus if he is still the Huskies’ coach on March 15, 2028.

DeBoer will reportedly owe Washington $12 million if he leaves before Jan. 31, 2025. The buyout is lowered to $10 million if he exits before Jan. 31, 2026, and $7 million if he leaves before Jan. 31, 2027.

The Huskies look for their first 10-win season since 2018 when they visit Washington State in the Apple Cup on Saturday night.

“It is clear that Kalen is such an amazing fit at the University of Washington,” athletic director Jen Cohen said in a statement. “He has come in and made an incredible impact in every aspect of the program, our department, the University and the Seattle community. Kalen is an elite competitor who approaches each and every situation with the utmost class and integrity. We couldn’t be more excited that he and his family will be on Montlake for the foreseeable future leading these tremendous young men in our football program.”

DeBoer is in his third season as a major college head coach. He went 12-6 in two seasons at Fresno State prior to taking the Huskies’ job.

Earlier in his career, DeBoer went 67-3 and won three NAIA national championships during a stint at Sioux Falls from 2005-09.

–Field Level Media

Nov 19, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; Washington Huskies running back Wayne Taulapapa (21) stiff arms against Colorado Buffaloes safety Trevor Woods (43) during the second quarter at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Wayne Taulapapa, No. 17 Washington pummel Colorado

Wayne Taulapapa, mourning three of his former University of Virginia teammates who were shot and killed last weekend, rushed for 107 yards and two touchdowns as No. 17 Washington defeated Colorado 54-7 Saturday night in a Pac-12 Conference game in Seattle.

Cameron Davis also rushed for a pair of touchdowns for the Huskies (9-2 overall, 6-2 Pac-12), who won their fifth game in a row heading into next week’s Apple Cup game against rival Washington State.

Michael Penix Jr. completed 19 of 31 passes for 229 yards and a touchdown — a 27-yarder to Jalen McMillan on a flea flicker in the second quarter. Penix left after the Huskies built a 47-0 lead late in the third quarter.

The Buffaloes (1-10, 1-7), who suffered their fifth consecutive defeat, didn’t put up much of a fight, falling behind 33-0 by halftime. Washington finished with a 575-202 edge in total yardage.

Taulapapa scored on runs of 8 and 2 yards, helping the Huskies to a 21-0 lead.

A pair of Colorado special-teams miscues led to 12 points for Washington in the final 1:32 of the half.

The Buffaloes faced a fourth-and-10 at their own 31-yard line and lined up to punt, but the snap sailed over Trent Carrizosa’s head and rolled through the back of the end zone for a safety.

The Huskies’ Giles Jackson returned the ensuing free kick 28 yards to the Colorado 45, and Davis scored seven plays later on a 4-yard run to make it 30-0 with 15 seconds left in the half.

Colorado’s Nikko Reed fumbled the kickoff, giving the ball to the Huskies at the Buffaloes’ 16. Peyton Henry’s 33-yard field goal came on the final play of the half and made it 33-0.

Davis scored on a 6-yard run and Richard Newton plunged over from 2 yards out in the third quarter.

The Buffaloes finally got on the board on a 69-yard pass from J.T. Shrout to Montana Lemonious-Craig with 1:45 left in the third.

The Huskies capped the scoring on a 15-yard pass from Dylan Morris to Sam Adams II with 8:10 remaining.

–Field Level Media

Nov 4, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; Washington Huskies head coach Kalen DeBoer talks with quarterback Michael Penix Jr. (9) during a fourth quarter timeout at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

No. 17 Washington welcomes Colorado with big games ahead

For first-year Washington coach Kalen DeBoer, last weekend’s 37-34 victory at then-No. 6 Oregon is already being called a program-defining victory.

And next week, the Huskies will travel to Pullman, Wash., to play rival Washington State in the Apple Cup.

So is there a chance No. 17 Washington (8-2, 5-2 Pac-12) could overlook lowly Colorado (1-9, 1-6) when the teams meet Saturday in Seattle?

“That’s always the concern, right? No matter who you are, big game and then everything that Colorado’s been through,” DeBoer said. “A few weeks back we went on a two-game losing streak and we’re going to learn from those games just like we have the wins as well. We’ve got to be ready. We’ve got a lot riding on the season as far as the opportunities that could present themselves. Before we think about the last week of the season, we’ve got to make sure we’re focused on Colorado.”

While DeBoer wasn’t around, it’s likely most of his players remember last year’s trip to Colorado. Needing a victory to keep their bowl hopes alive, the Huskies lost 20-17 despite outgaining the Buffaloes 426-183. Washington was just 2 of 14 on third downs and committed four turnovers.

Of course, that UW team didn’t have Michael Penix Jr. at quarterback.

Penix, a transfer from Indiana who played under DeBoer in 2019 when he was the Hoosiers’ offensive coordinator, leads the nation with 3,640 yards passing. He is completing 67.1 percent of his attempts with 25 touchdowns and just six interceptions.

“Man, Coach DeBoer … I thank him every single day,” said Penix, who threw for 408 yards and two touchdowns last week against the Ducks. “He’s a guy that always believed in me since he’s known me. Him trusting me, not worrying about my past with injuries and trusting I’ll come out here and be able to lead this team to great heights, I thank him all the time.

“I love Coach DeBoer. I’m definitely in the right place. I’m glad I chose here and I look forward to continuing to make memories here.”

The Buffaloes are coming off a 55-17 loss last Friday at then-No. 8 Southern California.

After winning their first game under interim coach Mike Sanford, 20-13 in overtime against visiting California, the Buffaloes have dropped four in a row by an average margin of 29.5 points.

“We’re living in the present, we’re making everything about the players,” said Sanford, who took over after Karl Dorrell was fired Oct. 2. “But obviously, you get down towards the end of it and all of a sudden, it’s obviously very clear that we’re not in the postseason — there’s no bowl opportunities — and you have to really wake up every day and even as a staff, even myself as the head coach, you’ve got to really stay truly in the present.”

Colorado ranks last in the conference in both offense and defense. The Buffaloes are 124th of 131 FBS teams in total offense with 298.7 yards per game and 129th in total defense, yielding 488.0 yards.

–Field Level Media

Nov 12, 2022; Eugene, Oregon, USA; Washington Huskies running back Wayne Taulapapa (21) carries the ball for a touchdown during the first half against the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Peyton Henry kicks No. 25 Washington to upset of No. 6 Oregon

Peyton Henry provided the winning points with a 43-yard field goal as No. 25 Washington upset No. 6 Oregon 37-34 in a back-and-forth game Saturday night in Eugene, Ore.

After the Huskies stopped Oregon on downs, Henry’s 43-yard field goal with 51 seconds remaining lifted Washington (8-2, 5-2 Pac-12) to its fourth straight win. The Ducks (8-2, 6-1) lost their first conference game and their College Football Playoff hopes took a big hit.

The Ducks had to play without star quarterback Bo Nix for a couple of minutes late in the game after he was tackled low on a run up the middle and walked slowly off the field favoring what appeared to be a leg injury.

Nix came back with Oregon behind by three to try to lead a game-tying drive, but couldn’t manage to get the Ducks in field goal range.

Down by seven with just over three minutes to play, the Huskies tied the game with Michael Penix Jr.’s pass to Taj Davis that went for 62 yards. Penix lit up Oregon’s defense for 408 passing yards.

The Huskies took a 13-10 lead into halftime after Oregon missed a long field goal attempt to end the second quarter. The third quarter saw both teams combine for five touchdowns, three for Oregon and two for Washington.

The Ducks scored on a 46-yard pass from Nix to Dont’e Thornton, then Washington answered with a short touchdown run from Cameron Davis to re-take the lead.

Oregon running back Noah Whittington gave his team a 24-20 lead with 6:24 to go in the third quarter, running 29 yards off the right side for a touchdown. But Washington struck quickly with Penix’s 76-yard connection with wide receiver Ja’Lynn Polk, who’d run free from his defender in one-on-one coverage.

That didn’t faze the confident Ducks and Nix, who hit Troy Franklin for a 67-yard score and a 31-27 Oregon lead.

Seconds into the fourth quarter, Washington had a first-and-goal from the Oregon 1-yard line. But Penix was chased out of the pocket and instead of throwing the ball away or taking a sack, threw into heavy traffic toward the goal line. Ducks linebacker Noah Sewell tipped the pass, and teammate Jeffrey Bassa intercepted it.

The Ducks took over in the shadow of their own end zone, but marched 91 yards in 20 plays. However, they had to settle for a Camden Lewis field goal with 3:54 to play.

–Field Level Media

Jan 2, 2020; Ashburn, VA, USA; Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder and his wife Tanya look on as head coach Ron Rivera speaks during his introductory press conference at Inova Sports Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

D.C. attorney general suing Commanders, Daniel Snyder, NFL

Washington, D.C., attorney general Karl Racine filed a lawsuit Thursday against the Washington Commanders, owner Daniel Snyder and the NFL for “colluding to deceive District residents.”

The lawsuit comes amid a federal criminal probe launched earlier this month into alleged financial improprieties by Snyder and the team.

Racine’s lawsuit contends the Commanders, in lock step with the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell, misled fans about steps they were taking to rectify the “toxic workplace culture” within the organization in order to keep them coming to games.

“Faced with public outrage over detailed and widespread allegations of sexual misconduct and a persistently hostile work environment at the Team, Defendants made a series of public statements to convince District consumers that this dysfunctional and misogynistic conduct was limited and that they were fully cooperating with an independent investigation,” the suit reads.

“These statements were false and calculated to mislead consumers so they would continue to support the Team financially without thinking that they were supporting such misconduct.”

Racine alleges that the hiring of attorney Beth Wilkinson to conduct an independent investigation into those workplace allegations was all part of the deception – contending the Commanders didn’t cooperate with the probe they paid to have done.

“Snyder and the Team launched a campaign to interfere with and obstruct the investigation,” the lawsuit states. “Snyder and the Team attempted to prevent witnesses from talking to Wilkinson through payoffs and intimidation and engaged in aggressive, abusive litigation to dig up information on victims and the journalists who reported on Defendants’ misconduct.

“The NFL was fully aware of this intimidation campaign. The course of Defendants’ conduct suggests the NFL was never serious about overseeing a thorough and complete investigation into Snyder and the Team’s misconduct,” the suit goes on.

Snyder’s wife, Tanya, has been in charge of day-to-day operations since July 2021 when the NFL fined the team $10 million for fostering a toxic workplace culture.

A separate federal criminal probe centers on alleged financial improprieties. Investigators from the U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Virginia are looking into the team’s finances, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

The team has said it has done nothing wrong financially.

The discovery of potential financial misconduct came amid the investigation into reported sexual harassment within Washington’s workplace. The House Committee on Oversight and Reform began to look at the financials after combing through 80,000 pages of documents and witness interviews regarding sexual harassment, The Post reported on March 31.

The Snyders hired Bank of America Securities to help with a potential sale of the team earlier this month.

–Field Level Media

Nov 4, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; Oregon State Beavers quarterback Ben Gulbranson (17) scrambles away from Washington Huskies defensive lineman Jeremiah Martin (3) during the first quarter at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Washington nips No. 23 Oregon State on last-minute FG

Peyton Henry kicked a 22-yard field goal with eight seconds left Friday night as Washington edged No. 23 Oregon State 24-21 in Seattle.

The Huskies (7-2, 4-2 Pac-12) marched 92 yards in 18 plays and 4:25 on their final drive. Quarterback Michael Penix Jr. completed 9 of 13 passes for 66 yards on the drive, spraying his completions among five different receivers.

The Beavers (6-3, 3-3) mixed in a key pass-interference penalty to help Washington.

Penix hit on 30 of 52 passes for 298 yards, well below his FBS-leading average of 366.8 yards per game. Passing was affected by swirling winds clocked as high as 40 mph in some cases. The game was delayed for 25 minutes in the fourth quarter when the lights went out at Husky Stadium.

That came shortly after Washington’s Wayne Taulapapa tied the game at 21 with a 4-yard touchdown run, his second score of the night, with 11:36 remaining. The teams also engaged in a brief postgame skirmish before cooler heads prevailed.

Ben Gulbranson completed 12 of 19 passes for 87 yards for Oregon State, taking his first loss in four starts. The Beavers got 107 yards on 19 rushes from Damien Martinez but were outgained in total yards 398-262.

Oregon State wasted little time initiating scoring with a game-opening, 75-yard drive that was capped by Deshaun Fenwick’s 3-yard run.

The Beavers then maneuvered inside the Washington 20 twice more but failed to come away with points, turning the ball over on downs each time.

The Huskies finally took advantage of one of those defensive stops and went 85 yards in 15 plays to tie the game at 7 on a 2-yard run out of the wildcat formation by Taulapapa with 4:23 left in the half.

However, Washington’s next drive didn’t turn out quite as well for the Huskies. Penix forced a pass over the middle that Easton Mascarenas-Arnold intercepted and returned 37 yards for a tiebreaking touchdown 1:10 before halftime, giving Oregon State a 14-7 lead at intermission.

The teams exchanged touchdowns in the third quarter, with Penix hitting Jack Westover for a 24-yard score before Fenwick ran 19 yards to put the Beavers in front 21-14.

–Field Level Media

Former Washington defensive lineman Dave Butz, a two-time Super Bowl winner who played 16 seasons in the NFL, has died. He was 72.

Former Washington DL Dave Butz dies

Former Washington defensive lineman Dave Butz, a two-time Super Bowl winner who played 16 seasons in the NFL, has died. He was 72.

The Commanders announced his passing Friday on their website. No cause of death was provided.

Former Washington quarterback Joe Theismann took to Twitter to reflect on his former teammate.

“Lost a dear friend today. Dave Butz,” Theismann wrote. “Dave, Mark Mosley and I used to ride to games together. A true gentle giant. Rest In Peace my friend.”

Butz received All-Pro honors and a Pro Bowl selection after registering 11.5 sacks in 16 games for Washington in 1983. He was named to the NFL’s 1980s All-Decade Team and helped Washington capture two championships with victories over the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl XVII and the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXII.

He recorded 64 sacks, seven fumble recoveries and two interceptions in 216 career games (191 starts) with the then-St. Louis Cardinals and Washington franchise. The Cardinals selected Butz with the fifth overall pick of the 1973 NFL Draft, however he joined Washington after a mistake in his contract led him to becoming a free agent.

Commissioner Pete Rozelle ruled that Washington had to send St. Louis a pair of first-round picks and a second-round selection to complete the deal.

“We’re heartbroken over the loss of Washington Legend Dave Butz, a 2x Super Bowl champion and member of our Ring of Fame and 90 Greatest list,” the Commanders wrote on Twitter. “Sending our deepest condolences to Dave’s family and friends.”

During the 1987 season, Butz checked himself out of a hospital to play in Washington’s game against the New York Jets despite an illness. He made the game-saving sack on Ken O’Brien before returning to the hospital after the game.

Butz’s name resides in the Ring of Fame at FedExField.

–Field Level Media

Oct 30, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings safety Camryn Bynum (24) walks off the field after the game against the Arizona Cardinals at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings, Commanders to put winning streaks on the line against each other

With Dalvin Cook taking care of the ground game and the 1-2 punch of Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen catching passes, the Minnesota Vikings already boasted one of the NFL’s top offenses.

Tuesday’s acquisition of top-tier tight end T.J. Hockenson from the Detroit Lions only makes Minnesota even more potent offensively. That will be the Washington Commanders’ problem on Sunday in Landover, Md.

Hockenson, who was conveyed to the Vikings (6-1) for a 2023 second-round pick and a 2024 third-rounder, led Detroit’s passing offense with 26 catches, 395 yards and three touchdowns. The fourth-year pro out of Iowa figured to be a cornerstone of the Lions’ continual rebuilding effort, but instead joins a winning team for the first time.

“That’s really what we’re here to do is go somewhere and win some games,” Hockenson said Wednesday about the trade. “That’s kind of the first time I’ve been able to say that.”

First-year Minnesota coach Kevin O’Connell isn’t sure how much use the team will get out of Hockenson this week, but says his arrival brings a new set of possibilities for an attack that already threatens opponents all over the field.

“Third down, red zone, two minute. We feel like he has a lot of upside in our offense,” O’Connell said. “Situationally, I see some real opportunities for him.”

Vikings tight ends Irv Smith and Johnny Mundt have combined for 34 catches, but for just 244 yards with a long of 17 yards. Smith is also out for up to 10 weeks with an ankle injury, which may help explain why Hockenson is a timely pick-up.

Minnesota is coming off a 34-26 win last week over Arizona that stretched its winning streak to five games and its NFC North advantage to 3 1/2 games over Green Bay and Chicago. Cook ran for 111 yards and a touchdown, while Kirk Cousins was 24 of 36 for 232 yards with two scores.

Meanwhile, Washington (4-4) is coming off last week’s 17-16 win in Indianapolis on Taylor Heinecke’s 1-yard sneak with 22 seconds left. Heinecke, who’s 2-0 since starter Carson Wentz broke his thumb last month, found Terry McLaurin for a 33-yard gain one play before his winning touchdown.

Heinecke hit 23 of 31 passes for 279 yards and a touchdown with an interception. He threw for 201 yards and two touchdowns in his first start of the year on Oct. 23, a 23-21 win over Green Bay.

The Commanders have won three straight games but are still in last place in the NFC East, two games behind Dallas and the New York Giants and 3 1/2 behind unbeaten Philadelphia. But help is on the way as star defensive end Chase Young practiced for the first time since tearing his ACL last November.

“Felt like I was part of the guys again,” Young said.

The club has 21 days to return Young to the active roster. It’s unlikely that he plays this week, but he could return for a Nov. 14 trip to Philadelphia.

The Vikings own a 12-10 lead in the all-time series, including a 7-5 advantage on the road.

–Field Level Media

Oct 22, 2022; Berkeley, California, USA; Washington Huskies quarterback Michael Penix Jr. (9) throws a pass against the California Golden Bears during the first quarter at FTX Field at California Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Washington fends off Cal, 28-21

Michael Penix Jr. passed for 374 yards and two touchdowns to lead Washington to a 28-21 victory over host Cal in Pac-12 play on Saturday night at Berkeley, Calif.

Cameron Davis rushed for a touchdown, and Jalen McMillan (eight receptions, 81 yards) and Richard Newton caught touchdown passes for the Huskies (6-2, 3-2 Pac-12). Peyton Henry kicked two field goals for Washington, which has beaten Cal in 11 of the past 15 meetings.

Jack Plummer completed 21 of 34 passes for 245 yards and three touchdowns for the Golden Bears (3-4, 1-3), who lost their third straight game. J.Michael Sturdivant caught eight passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns, and Mavin Anderson had a scoring reception for Cal.

Penix, who entered the day as the nation’s leader in passing yardage, completed 36 of 51 passes while increasing his season total to 2,934 yards. He has topped 300 yards in all eight games this season.

The Huskies outgained the Golden Bears 476 to 306.

Washington took a 21-14 lead with 13:49 left in the contest when Penix threw a 13-yard scoring pass to McMillan to culminate a 10-play, 75-yard drive.

Just 3 1/2 minutes later, Penix connected with Newton, who caught the ball at the 20-yard line and shed two tacklers for a 36-yard score to give the Huskies a 28-14 advantage. Washington moved 67 yards in six plays.

Cal moved back within seven when Plummer tossed an 8-yard scoring pass to Anderson with 6:11 left to end a 12-play, 80-yard excursion.

The Golden Bears came up empty on their final two drives. Washington’s Bralen Trice and Zion Tupuola-Fetui each had sacks of Plummer to force Cal to punt on the first possession, and Plummer threw an incomplete pass on fourth down with 28 seconds left on the other.

After going scoreless in the first half, Cal traveled 75 yards on 13 plays to open the second half to take a 7-6 lead. Plummer capped the drive with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Sturdivant.

Washington answered with an 11-play, 70-yard drive. Davis scored on a 6-yard run and Penix tossed a two-point conversion pass to Ja’Lynn Polk to give the Huskies a 14-7 lead with 4:48 left in the third quarter.

The Golden Bears tied the game when Plummer hit Sturdivant at the Washington 30-yard line and the receiver turned it into a 48-yard scoring play with 2:10 left in the stanza.

Washington led just 6-0 at halftime despite outgaining the Golden Bears 245 to 83 in the first half. The Huskies ran 47 plays to Cal’s 24.

Henry kicked first-quarter field goals of 40 and 35 yards.

–Field Level Media