Kalen DeBoer on Michael Penix Jr. after Sugar Bowl win: 'The guy was on a mission'
Kalen DeBoer and Washington are going to the College Football Playoff National Championship.
The Huskies defeated Texas 37-31 in the Sugar Bowl on Monday night to clinch a spot in the title game. The Huskies will now have a chance to win their first national championship since 1991.
Michael Penix Jr. was sensational in the win over Texas. He threw for 430 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions in the win. Penix also rushed for 31 yards against the Longhorns.
After the game, DeBoer was interviewed by ESPN’s Molly McGrath. He spoke about Michael Penix Jr.’s impact on this game and his mindset since the Huskies clinched their spot in the CFP.
“The guy was on a mission. He was on a mission the last month,” DeBoer said. “Just since the Pac-12 Championship, realizing that it’s right there in front of us, right there in front of him. Maybe even being No. 2 in the whole voting thing, some of that put a chip on his shoulder too.”
Washington will face Michigan, who also hasn’t won a national championship since the pre-BCS era. This will be the first national championship game appearance for either program.
Kickoff in that game is set for 4:30 p.m. PT on Jan. 8 in Houston.