Quarterback Michael Penix Jr. threw for 2 touchdowns and ran for one more, and No. 5 Washington pitched a shutout within the second half to rally for a 35-28 win over No. 13 Utah Saturday.

The Huskies (10-0, 7-0 Pac-12, No. 5 CFP) prolonged the second-longest lively win streak within the nation to 17 video games and reached 10-0 for less than the second time in class historical past. The one different time got here in 1991, when the Huskies claimed a share of the nationwide title with Miami.

Penix wasn’t at his greatest on a blustery day on the shore of Lake Washington. However he made sufficient massive performs within the move recreation and allowed Washington’s protection to make key changes at halftime after being unable to decelerate the Utes within the first half.


Michael Penix Jr. rushing for score

Michael Penix Jr. (9) of the Washington Huskies scores a landing in opposition to the Utah Utes throughout the first quarter at Husky Stadium Nov. 11, 2023, in Seattle.  (Steph Chambers/Getty Photographs)

Penix hit Rome Odunze on each of his landing throws and ran for a 2-yard TD within the first quarter. Penix was 24 of 42 passing for 332 yards. Odunze had three catches for 111 yards, and Dillon Johnson rushed for 104 yards per week after operating for 256 yards in opposition to Southern California.

Washington took a 33-28 lead on Penix’s 33-yard landing move to Odunze within the third quarter and appeared on the verge of extending the lead solely to see linebacker Alphonzo Tuputala return an interception 76 yards earlier than dropping the ball on the 1-yard line on his manner into the top zone. Washington ended up getting a security on the following play and had a 35-28 lead after three quarters.

Washington had an opportunity to increase the result in 10, however Grady Gross’s 32-yard area objective try was blocked by Utah’s Connor O’Toole with 1:38 left. However on fourth and 10, Utah quarterback Bryson Barnes was intercepted on a desperation throw close to midfield.

Michael Penix passing

Michael Penix Jr. of the Washington Huskies passes in opposition to the Utah Utes throughout the second quarter at Husky Stadium Nov. 11, 2023, in Seattle. (Steph Chambers/Getty Photographs)

Barnes was the higher quarterback within the first half, hitting on 13 of 17 passes for 238 yards and landing passes of 6 yards to Miki Suguturaga and 53 yards to Sinoe Vaki on a display screen move. Barnes additionally hit DeVaughn Vele on a 68-yard strike late within the first half to arrange Ja’Quinden Jackson’s second landing run that gave Utah (7-3, 4-3, No. 18 CFP) a 28-24 lead at halftime.

Utah’s offense disappeared within the second half as Washington was capable of get extra stress on Barnes. Barnes completed 17 of 30 for 267 yards, and the Utes had simply 90 yards and 4 first downs within the second half.



Tuputala had what gave the impression to be a second decide six up to now 4 video games for Washington.

However he got here up one yard brief.

Tuputala was on the verge of giving Washington a two-score lead after intercepting Barnes. However Tuputala dropped the ball on the 1-yard line as he was going into the top zone. Whereas he celebrated with teammates, Utah offensive lineman Michael Mokofisi jumped on the free ball, giving the Utes possession.

Washington rapidly regained momentum as Utah operating again Jackson was tackled in the long run zone on the following play for a security.

Troy Fautanu

Troy Fautanu of the Washington Huskies reacts after a landing throughout the first quarter in opposition to the Utah Utes at Husky Stadium Nov. 11, 2023, in Seattle.  (Alika Jenner/Getty Photographs)



Utah: Barnes’ profession excessive in yards passing was 235 and got here within the Utes’ win at Southern California final month. He topped that mark within the first half however could not hold it going within the second half. Utah had 306 complete yards within the first half, a mark it failed to achieve in opposition to Florida, UCLA, Oregon State and Oregon.

Washington: The Huskies have been 9-0 in 2016 when USC visited and beat Washington 26-14. The Huskies nonetheless managed to get to the School Soccer Playoff that season.


Utah is at No. 21 Arizona Saturday.

Washington travels to No. 12 Oregon State Saturday.

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