Washington sets record in road beatdown of Michigan State
Washington is setting some kind of record every week, it seems.
On Saturday, in a 41-7 shellacking of Michigan State on the road, the eighth-ranked Huskies set a new record for yardage against a Michigan State defense. The Spartans gave up a program-worst 666 yards to Nebraska in 1995, and they hadn’t allowed more in any game since.
UW put up 713 yards of offense.
Quarterback Michael Penix Jr. threw for 473 yards and four touchdowns while completing 27 of his 35 passes. And once Washington took its foot off the gas a bit in the second half, it finally found some footing in the run game.
Michael Penix Jr. had a day today 👏 pic.twitter.com/c0NXCS8SR4
— Pac-12 Conference (@pac12) September 17, 2023
Tybo Rogers made his season debut and ran for 74 yards on 15 carries. Dillon Johnson broke off a chunk run (45 yards) to finish with 71 yards on eight carries.
Washington had 79 rushing yards in its opener, and then just 109 rushing yards last week against Tulsa.
Penix has topped 400 yards in each of his three outings, so getting a pulse from the run game puts this UW offense into a new tier of outstanding.
And it was entirely too much for Michigan State to handle on Saturday. To be fair to the Spartans, though, it doesn’t look like many will be able to.