The Washington Huskies, starting quarterback Michael Pennix Jr., faced the 11th-ranked Michigan State Spartans on Saturday. Jr. finished 40-24 with 397 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Huskies to a 39-28 upset victory over Michigan State.
Pennix began an outstanding performance with an 8-yard hookup with wide receiver Jalyn Polk to give Washington a 7–0 lead. With the Huskies going 16–0 in the second quarter, the Pennix threw for the second touchdown of the half and found Wayne Taulapapa for an 18-yard score. After a Michigan touchdown cut the Huskies’ lead to 14, the Pennix responded before the half. gave them a 29-8 advantage. In the second half, Pennix and Polk decided to pick up where they left off in the first half.
After Michigan started the half with a touchdown, Pennix and Polk combined for a score of 53 yards to help the Huskies regain a 15-point advantage. Pennix boasts a 69.7 completion percentage for the year with 682 passing yards, 6 touchdowns and 1 interception. Nine Huskies caught the pass on Saturday. Jalen McMillian had 7 catches for 94 yards to clinch the win.
Along with three touchdowns for the day, Polk finished with six receptions and 153 yards. Washington’s defense also stood out in the win, holding Michigan to just 42 yards rushing. The 3-0 Huskies look set to remain undefeated when they host Stanford next Saturday.