Montana won the coin toss deferred to the Huskies who said thank you very much and promptly marched 69 yards down the field and scored the games first touchdown on a one- yard run by Jake Browning. All went according to the script when the Husky defense stopped the Grizzlies offense who punted the ball back to Browning and the Husky offense.
The script was flipped momentary when Montana Safety Josh Sandry intercepted a Browning pass and returned it 36 yards for a game tying touchdown. The pic six no doubt agitated the Huskies who reeled off 56 unanswered points.
The Husky had their way against the outmanned Grizzlies who were unable to stop a balanced Washington team that scored on offense, defense, and special teams. Wide Receiver and punt return specialist Dante Pettis returned a Montana punt 67 yards for a touchdown to make it two consecutive games in which he has returned a punt for a touchdown.
Pettis has seven career punt returns and needs one more to tie the NCAA record of eight career punt returns by a single player. The NCAA record is shared by Wes Welker (Texas Tech) and Antonio Perkins (Oklahoma).
Washington was able to unleash its running game and rushed for 231 yards a vast improvement from the 84 rushing yards gained in last weeks game at Rutgers. ” We have some good running backs and it was good that a lot of players got some touches in the running game,” Husky head coach Chris Petersen said after the game.
Quarterback Jake Browning continued his stellar offensive play and finished the game with 259 passing yards( 22-26-1) two touchdowns and one rushing toucdown. Browning had 50 rushing yards on five carries.