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Penix Jr. throws for five TDs as Washington overwhelms Boise State

Michael Penix Jr. Washington Michael Penix Jr. - The Canadian Press

SEATTLE (AP) — Michael Penix Jr. threw for 450 yards and matched his career high with five touchdown passes, and No. 10 Washington overwhelmed Boise State in a 56-19 win in the teams' season opener Saturday.

Penix kicked off his final college season and a Heisman Trophy campaign with a terrific passing performance following a couple shaky drives in the opening moments. Penix was 29 of 40 passing and threw touchdowns to four receivers.

After posting the second-most yards passing in the country last year, Penix picked up right where he left off.

Penix threw four of his five touchdowns in the second quarter when the Huskies scored 28 points. He connected with Jalen McMillan on two of his TD passes, and McMillan added a 19-yard touchdown run off a direct snap on the first play of the fourth quarter to give Washington a 42-19 lead.

McMillan finished with eight receptions for 95 yards and touchdowns of 7 and 38 yards. And he completed one pass for 9 yards on a double pass trick play.

Rome Odunze had seven catches for 132 yards and a 5-yard TD catch in the third quarter. Ja’Lynn Polk added three receptions for 101 yards and a score. And tight end Jack Westover had a 20-yard TD catch late in the first half.

The five TDs matched Penix’s previous high set during a 2020 game against Ohio State while he was still at Indiana. He finished one TD pass shy of Washington’s school record of six set by Jake Browning during the 2016 season.

The 56 points were the most allowed by Boise State since an overtime win over Nevada in 2007.

Boise State's Taylen Green threw for 244 yards, including a 50-yard screen pass touchdown to Ashton Jeanty early in the second half that pulled the Broncos within 28-19. But Green was intercepted twice and had too many unsuccessful drives to keep up with Washington.

Jeanty finished 102 yards receiving and another 44 yards rushing and a 7-yard TD that gave the Broncos the early lead.

Boise State was the preseason favorite in the Mountain West, but its secondary was one of the concerns entering the season. Those concerns proved valid, especially in the second quarter.

Washington rolled up 206 total yards, including 180 through the air in the quarter. Penix threw a 7-yard TD to McMillan less than a minute into the quarter and then hit a flurry of big plays to break the game open.

Penix’s final six completions of the second quarter were all for 20 yards or more, including a 38-yard TD strike to McMillan, a 44-yard TD to Polk and a 20-yard TD pass to Westover with 1:27 left in the half.


Boise State: The Broncos' best chance of staying close with Washington was to get the run game going. But Boise State was held to 58 yards rushing in the first half. Leading rusher George Holani sat out part of the first half and finished with 51 yards on 10 carries.

Washington: As great as Penix was through the air, the Huskies will need more balance in the offense as the season progresses. Washington had just 78 yards rushing on 19 carries.


Boise State: The Broncos will host UCF next Saturday in their home opener.

Washington: The Huskies will host Tulsa next Saturday.


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