Final: Michigan 31, Huskies 10

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Michigan running back Blake Corum leaves the Huskies’ defensive back Kamren Fabiculanan behind as he scores on a 67-yard run in the 2nd quarter.
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The Washington Huskies played the Michigan Wolverines in NCAA Football Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021 at Michigan Stadium, in Ann Arbor, MI. 218138

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Final: Michigan 31, UW 10

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Michigan tops it off with another rushing TD

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.

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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?

Dylan Morris finds Terrell Bynum for 22-yard TD pass

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.

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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.

End of third: Michigan 17, UW 3

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.

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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.

UW scores first points of the game on short FG

UW driving near red zone midway through the third

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RB Richard Newton is hurt

Michigan opens second half with all-running drive, easy touchdown

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.

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Halftime observations: UW offense can't get anything going

Washington is averaging 0.8 yards per carry.

0.8.

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.

—Mike Vorel

Halftime: Michigan 10, UW 0

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Aidan Hutchinson wreaking havoc for Michigan

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Huskies attempt run on 4th down, fumble at Michigan 33

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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.

Michigan rushes for 67-yard TD immediately after fake punt

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UW snaps ball on 4th-and-1 at own 36, but Michigan timeout leads to punt

Corey Luciano goes in at center for injured Luke Wattenberg

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.

—Mike Vorel
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End of first: Michigan 3, UW 0

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.

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UW gets a huge stop as Michigan goes for it on 4th-and-1 at the goal line

UW goes three-and-out for the third straight possession

Michigan fans boo former Wolverine Giles Jackson

Michigan is on the board with a long FG

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.

Terrell Bynum in at WR for second series

Gordon, Ulofoshio help force Michigan into first punt

Huskies open with false start, go three-and-out

Michigan kicking off to UW to start

QB Sam Huard taking snaps with second team

UW starting OL the same as season opener

'Big House' filling up

WRs Bynum and McMillan going through full warmups

UW safety Dominique Hampton warming up

UW receivers Terrell Bynum and Jalen McMillan on field in cleats during warmups

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.

—Mike Vorel

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.

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—Mike Vorel

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.”

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—Mike Vorel

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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—Mike Vorel