The 12th-ranked Washington Huskies held off the 20th-ranked Texas Longhorns 27-20 in Thursday Night’s 30th Valero Alamo Bowl. The Huskies started their first offensive play of the game with a razzle-dazzle flea flicker play that saw Michael Penix Jr end the triacaration with a 35-yard pass to Ja’Lynn Polk for 35 yards. The drive stalled four players later when Penix Jr was intercepted by Texas DB Jerrin Thompson. Penix Jr collected himself and was voted the game’s offensive player of the game for throwing 287 yards and two touchdowns.
Husky linebacker Bralen Trice was voted the game’s defensive player of the game for his six tackles and two sacks.
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POST GAME NOTES
Washington finished the 2022 season with an 11-2 record, marking just the fifth time in school history that the Huskies have reached 11 wins in a season.
Others: 11-1 in 1984; 12-0 in 1991; 11-1 in 2000; 12- 2 in 2016.
Never before in UW history had Washington won more than eight games under a first-year head coach.
Head coach Kalen DeBoer is also the first UW coach to lead his team to a bowl-game victory in his first season on Montlake.
Michael Penix Jr. broke the UW’s single-season passing yards record, finishing the year with 4,641. The previous record of 4,458 yards, set by Cody Pickett in 2002, had stood for 20 years.
Pickett and Penix are the only two Huskies to surpass 4,000 yards in a season. Penix’s 4,641 yards are fifth-most in Pac-12 single-season history.
Only players were more: Anthony Gordon (WSU, 5,579 in 2019), Gardner Minshew (WSU, 4,779 in 2018), Jared Goff (Cal, 4,719 in 2015), Sean Mannion (OSU, 4,662 in 2013).
The Huskies held Texas to just three points in the first half of tonight’s game, marking the fourth time this year that a Washington opponent has scored three or fewer points in the first half of a game.
Portland State scored three while both Colorado and Cal were scoreless through two quarters vs. UW. With 31 touchdown passes (two tonight) this season, Penix is No. 3 on the UW single-season list. Next on the list. Only Jake Browning (43, 2016) and Keith Price (33, 2011) are ahead of him.
Today’s game was the 101st as head coach for UW’s Kalen DeBoer, who previously served five years as head coach at Sioux Falls, and two at Fresno State. His record over those 101 games is 90-11.
Peyton Henry added to his Washington career records for most made PATs and for scoring. He now as 189 PATs and 402 career points. Henry is just the fourth player (all of them kickers) in Pac-12 history to score 400 or more points, joining Arizona State’s Zane Gonzalez (494 points, 2013-16), Utah’s Andy Phillips (427, 2013-16), and UCLA’s Ka’imi Fairburn (413, 2012-15).
Washington didn’t allow a sack of starting quarterback Michael Penix for the 10th game out of 13 this season. Penix suffered just five sacks this season. Washington improved to 2-3 all-time vs. Texas with tonight’s win.
The Huskies improved their all-time record in bowl games to an even 20-20-1.
Edefuan Ulofoshio’s punt block at the end of the Longhorns’ first possession was the first blocked punt by a Husky since Alex Cook got one last season vs. Arkansas State (Sept. 18, 2021).