A stingy Boise State defense shut down the high-powered Husky offense on its first two offensive possessions. Call it a moment of reflection for the Husky coaches who won the coin toss and elected to receive the opening kick-off. Given the offseason chatter about the Huskies’ offense word of the Dawgs receiving the opening kick-off brought anticipation and excitement to the 67,470 plus Husky fans.
Two consecutive punts to start the game left Husky Nation taking low shallow breaths. When Boise State drew first blood on a 10-play 90-yard drive that took 4:41 those shallow breaths became rapid.
EXPLOSIVE SECOND QUARTER
On its third drive of the game, the Michael Penix Jr.-led offense scored on a three-play 59-yard drive that took all of 1:44 . The Penix Jr to Jalen McMillan 38-yard pass allowed Husky Nation to exhale. Three consecutive Penix Jr. touchdown passes sent the crowd into Nirvana.
Once dialed in Penix Jr carved the Boise State defense with patience and precision passing Penix Jr. finished the first half with 264 passing yards and four touchdowns to three different receivers. Two of the four were to Jalen McMillan who hauled in six passes for 75 yards. The other touchdowns went to Ja’Lynn Polk and Jack Westover.
A LESSON OF PATIENCE
A valuable lesson was learned by the Husky offense. Struggling early and we are talking two opening drives here is something the Husky coaches can draw upon down the road when the team is playing a formidable opponent and finds itself behind.
“ Keep coming and the game will come to you “, Head Coach Kalen DeBoer said during his post-post-game conference. “
POST-GAME REPORT AND PLAYER INTERVIEWS
DEBOER POST GAME PRESS CONFERENCE
Boise State at Washington Husky Stadium, Sept. 2, 2023
The following players made their UW debut today vs. Boise State: CB Jabbar Muhammad, WR Germie Bernard, TB Dillon Johnson, LB Ralen Goforth, TE Josh Cuevas, OL Parker Brailsford, CB Thaddeus Dixon, EDGE Milton Hopkins Jr., OL Jalen Klemm, CB Darrin Barkins, RB Daniyel Ngata, CB Jakson Berman, S Tristan Warner, and WR Taeshawn Lyons.
Michael Penix Jr. threw four touchdowns in a game four times in 2022, his first season at UW, tying for seventh-most in UW single-game history (prior to today). Today vs. Boise State, he reached four TD passes by halftime. Penix’s halftime stats: 17-for-24, 266 yards, 4 touchdowns, 0 interceptions.
Penix has thrown multiple touchdowns (two or more) in 11 of his 14 games as a Husky.
Penix’s five TDs today tied him for third in UW single-game history, behind a pair of six-TD games by Jake Browning (at Cal and Oregon, both in 2016).
Penix’s 450 yards marked his third-highest total as a Husky, trailing 516 last year vs. Arizona and 485 in the 2022 Apple Cup. Today’s 450 yards are the fourth-most in UW history.
Washington’s 490 team passing yards are second-most in school history, behind only the 516 last year vs. Arizona (all from Penix, in that case).
Receiver Jalen McMilllan completed a nine-yard pass to Jack Westover today. That’s the first time a non- QB had completed a pass for the Huskies since running back Richard Newton completed a 13-yard TD pass to Terrell Bynum in the 2019 Las Vegas Bowl, also vs. Boise State. McMillan had a pass attempt last season, but did not complete it.
McMillan also had two receiving touchdowns and a rushing touchdown today.
Washington scored 40 or more points for the seventh time in the 14-game UW tenure of head coach Kalen DeBoer. The Huskies also scored 37, 38, and 39 points in games last year, falling just shy of 40.
The margin of victory (37 points) marked the largest margin of defeat for Boise State since a 40-point loss to Louisiana Tech (63-23) in 1998. The 56 points allowed were also the most that the Broncos have allowed in a non-overtime game since that same La Tech loss.
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