Washington beats Texas in Sugar Bowl to advance to CFP National Championship
Washington will face Michigan in the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday, Jan. 8.
After beating Texas 37-31 Monday night in the Sugar Bowl, the Huskies earned the right to play for the program’s third national championship. UW also extended its best-ever season, winning a program-record 14th game.
UW quarterback Michael Penix Jr. threw for 430 yards and two touchdowns while completing 29 of his 38 passes. Rome Odunze made six catches for 125 yards. Ja’Lynn Polk brought in five catches for 122 yards and a touchdown.
The Huskies didn’t give up a sack and they dominated time of possession. They also won the turnover battle 2-1.
They scored the opening touchdown of the game on a 2-yard run from Dillon Johnson, and played from the front foot all day. Washington never trailed, extending the lead to as many as 13 points in the second half.
With the win, the Huskies set up a matchup with Michigan for the 14th time in program history. The last meeting came in 2021, when Michigan won in Ann Arbor 31-10. Four of the meetings came in the Rose Bowl, including a 34-14 Washington win over Michigan on Jan. 1, 1992, that earned the program a national championship.
It’ll go for No. 3 on Monday. Kickoff from NRG Stadium in Houston is set for 4:30 p.m. PT on ESPN.