Washington put the hammer down on a reeling Michigan State program Saturday afternoon at Spartan Stadium.

The eighth-ranked Huskies jumped all over the Spartans early, scoring touchdowns on four of their first five drives to go up 28-0. Some 90 minutes after scheduled kickoff, Michigan State’s student section was thinning out with students heading toward the exits.

Michigan State had a chance to drive for a late second-quarter score, but a 56-yard drive fizzled out at the UW 34 and MSU gave the ball back to Washington with 41 seconds on the clock.

That was too much time for UW, which drove 66 yards in five plays and 35 seconds.

Husky quarterback Michael Penix Jr. was fabulous in the first half. He completed 20 of his 25 passes for 375 yards and four touchdowns. Washington’s run game continues to be nonexistent, but Penix’s arm is rendering that fact completely irrelevant with his ability to pick out his receivers and carve up secondaries.

Rome Odunze had 113 first-half yards. Ja’Lynn Polk had 113 first-half yards and a touchdown. Jalen McMillan had 96 yards on four catches before being forced off the field with an injury on the last drive. Tight end Jack Westover had three touchdown receptions.

At the half, UW held a 35-0 lead.

Most expected Washington to beat Michigan State. Few expected the Huskies to look like that in the opening half.

Here’s some of the reaction to the first 30 minutes: