Dom Hampton picks off Utah to ice game, keep Washington unbeaten
Dom Hampton called game. The Husky safety snatched Washington’s second interception of the day on Utah’s final offensive play to ice a 35-28 win and keep Washington unbeaten on the season.
Hosting the 18th-ranked Utes, Washington got absolutely all it could handle. Multiple first-half lead changes had UW fans inside Husky Stadium on the edge of their seats going into the final 30 minutes. The fourth quarter was a scoreless brawl. The third quarter saw UW outscore Utah 11-0 in a wild fashion. Tension whipped around the stadium.
And when Michael Penix Jr. took a 9-yard loss on third down from the Utah 6, setting Grady Gross up for a tricky 32-yard field goal in the wind, UW clenched. When Gross then blasted that kick right into the mass of bodies at the line of scrimmage and kept Utah’s hope alive, UW braced for the worst.
Utah took over with 1:38 to play, no timeouts, at its own 18-yard-line. It needed seven points. It got exactly 0 yards.
Utah quarterback Bryson Barnes fired incomplete on first and second down. Then he took a harmless check-down on third to set up a fourth-and-10.
He was flushed from the pocket and forced to heave downfield. Hampton pounced and ended the game, allowing UW to kneel out the rest of the clock on its 10th win of the season.
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Washington is 10-0 on the season with the victory.
It’s the second 10-0 start in program history, and the first since 1991. That year, UW finished 12-0 as co-national champions.
This team feels special. Washington just keeps finding a way. UW overcame penalties — 11 for 100 yards — and critical errors to find a way to win.