Final: Michigan 31, Huskies 10
5 p.m. | Michigan Stadium | Ann Arbor, Michigan
TV: ABC| Radio: SportsRadio 950 KJR
UW turns the ball over on downs at the Michigan 44
UW quarterback Dylan Morris threw four straight incomplete passes once the Huskies reached the Michigan 44 as they turn the ball over on downs.
Michigan gets the ball back up 24-10 with 7:01 remaining.
UW driving with less than eight minutes remaining
Down 24-10, the Huskies are driving with less than eight minutes in the game.
Dylan Morris has connected on five passes, including two each to Taj Davis and Giles Jackson. He has also scrambled for 10 yards, including one 7-yard rush on third down for a first.
UW is past midfield.
UW getting ball back after forcing three-and-out
Three plays after the Morris-Bynum touchdown, the UW defense has forced Michigan off the field with a three-and-out and will get the ball back with less than 11 minutes remaining.
Can the Huskies score again — and quickly?
Michigan extends lead with another rushing TD
The taunting penalty comes back to haunt the Huskies.
Three plays after Hampton was penalized, Hassan Haskins and the Wolverines have extended their lead with another rushing touchdown.
UW trails 24-7 with 13:56 remaining in this one.
Third-quarter observations: No bright side for UW
Across its last seven quarters, Washington failed to score on 19 consecutive drives. It has rushed for 46 yards and 1.7 yards per carry in the first three quarters on Saturday, while allowing 304 rushing yards and 7.8 yards per carry on the other side. UW is about to be 0-2 for the first time since 2008, when it finished 0-12.
The Michigan student section heartily sang “Mr. Brightside” in the third quarter.
But there’s no bright side here.
UW penalty extends Michigan's drive
After appearing to stop Michigan on third down, UW safety Dominique Hampton extends its drive with a brutal taunting penalty.
Michigan converts fourth-and-1 after UW's FG
After the Huskies' field goal, Michigan is methodically driving. The Wolverines just converted a fourth-and-1 to their 48 with their sixth rush of the series.
Michigan starts second half rushing into red zone
In starting the second half with the ball, Michigan has rushes of 20, 11 and 17 yards in a row to get into the red zone early in the third.
Halftime observations: UW offense can't get anything going
Washington is averaging 0.8 yards per carry.
That’s less than one.
And for an offensive line Jimmy Lake touted as the Pac-12’s best a few weeks ago, that’s also unacceptable.
UW’s pass defense did its part in the first half, allowing Michigan quarterback Cade McNamara to complete just 4 of 10 passes for 30 yards. The Huskies recorded a goal-line stop in the first quarter as well.
But this UW offense can’t get anything going, and offensive coordinator John Donovan’s play-calling — with its wide variety of between-the-tackles plunges — certainly isn’t helping. Quarterback Dylan Morris completed a respectable 9 of 15 passes for 111 yards. But UW needs more from literally everybody else.
UW converts 4th-and-short at own 45
After a bad first-down spot that Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh challenges, the Huskies go for it on 4th-and-short — and get it on a QB keeper by Dylan Morris.
First-quarter observations: Incompetent offense, clutch defense
Jackson Sirmon said last week that Washington would stop the run against Michigan.
In the first quarter, the Huskies didn’t do it.
Until they needed to.
Michigan rushed for 72 yards and 5.5 yards per carry, repeatedly gashing the Husky front seven. But the UW defense answered to stone the Wolverines four consecutive times on the goal line to maintain a narrow 3-0 deficit.
On the other side, UW’s offense appears just as incompetent as it did last week. Washington gained 18 yards in the first quarter and punted three times. The Huskies averaged 0.8 yards per carry, and Dylan Morris completed just 1 of 3 pass attempts for 12 yards. UW’s best offensive play was a roughing the passer penalty, and that says everything.
On second-and-10 at the 1-yard line, Michigan's Christopher Hinton was called for roughing the passer on quarterback Dylan Morris to bail out the Huskies.
UW punts back to Michigan again
On third-and-10 at the Michigan 26, UW quarterback Dylan Morris took a coverage sack with no one open downfield. The Huskies punted for the second straight series.
Following a personal foul on Julius Buelow that backed the Huskies up to second-and-22, Dylan Morris completed a screen to tight end Cade Otton for 12 yards.
What to watch for when Washington attempts to rebound against Michigan, plus Mike Vorel’s prediction
Establishing the run
Remember that running attack that was supposed to be the lifeblood of the Husky offense this season? Well, it didn’t show up in last weekend’s loss to Montana, mustering just 65 rushing yards and 2.4 yards per carry. And while Richard Newton carried the ball 17 times, there was little variety in a supposedly stacked running back room. Redshirt freshman Cameron Davis received just four carries, Kamari Pleasant didn’t get one and sixth-year senior Sean McGrew didn’t play for reasons that were not explained.
Here's what else to watch for during Saturday's game.
To understand what the Michigan game means, UW Huskies need only explore their past
Jimmy Rodgers understands what the Michigan game means.
On Sept. 17, 1983, he saw it. He felt it.
A few minutes prior to the second game of the season, Rodgers — a junior safety from Aloha, Ore. — found his head coach sitting alone on a bench in a darkened hallway connected to the Husky Stadium tunnel. Don James was 50 years old, his hair gradually graying, in the early stages of his ninth season in Seattle. His Huskies had won 10 games each of the past two years, and kicked off the 1983 campaign with a dominant 34-0 shutout of Northwestern a week prior.
Notebook: Explaining Sean McGrew’s unexpected absence
Sean McGrew was Washington football’s lone representative on the watch list for the 2021 Doak Walker Award, which honors college football’s premier running back. In four games last fall, he led the Huskies in attempts (43), rushing yards (227), yards per carry (5.3), rushing touchdowns (4) and rushing yards per game (56.8). A sixth-year senior, he was dressed and available for Saturday’s season opener.
Come kickoff, McGrew didn’t play.
Likewise, Kamari Pleasant — another sixth-year senior — only saw the field on special teams. The rushing duties were split exclusively between Richard Newton (17 carries, 62 yards, 3.6 yards per carry) and Cameron Davis (four carries, eight yards) instead.
In his weekly news conference Monday, Husky head coach Jimmy Lake said, “I would expect Sean (McGrew) to get some reps here moving forward.”
History suggests UW Huskies can bounce back after embarrassing Montana loss
In the entire chaotic history of college football, just six ranked FBS programs have lost to FCS opponents.
The first was the 1983 Penn State Nittany Lions, ranked No. 20 and defending a national championship, who lost to Cincinnati 14-3. Penn State shook off an 0-3 start to beat Washington in the Aloha Bowl 13-10.
The second was the 2007 Michigan Wolverines, ranked No. 5 nationally before Appalachian State left “The Big House” with a season-opening 34-32 win, widely considered the biggest upset the sport has ever seen. After falling at home again the next week against Oregon, the Wolverines ripped off eight consecutive wins, before ultimately defeating Florida 41-35 in the Capital One Bowl on New Year’s Day.
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