GAMEDAY College Football

Washington 52, Portland State 6

Associated Press

SEATTLE - The Huskies stayed unbeaten under new coach Kalen DeBoer with a 52-6 win over FCS opponent Portland State.

"It's definitely a statement game," Penix said. "And, you know, we're definitely going to make sure we're going to go out there and just play how we've been playing, play free and just execute at a high level."

A high level, indeed. Penix threw for 337 yards and two touchdowns, Wayne Taulapapa rushed for 94 yards and a score and the Huskies (2-0) easily took down the Vikings (0-2) before things get serious with Michigan State and Stanford due in town over the next two weeks.

Penix broke open the game with an 84-yard touchdown pass to Jalen McMillan with 9:51 left in the second quarter for a 21-0 lead. He also threw to Ja'Lynn Polk for a 12-yard score in the half. Cameron Davis scored two rushing touchdowns and Will Nixon and Denzel Boston added rushing TDs of their own as the Huskies ran for 241 yards and five touchdowns.

The Huskies had 500 of their 617 yards by the end of the third quarter. With more than 1,100 yards in two weeks, the team is matching the vision that UW had when it brought in DeBoer, a two-year head coach at Fresno State, to replace Jimmy Lake.

"We saw that something big was going to happen," wide receiver Giles Jackson said. "We just knew that the offense is totally different than last year and a lot more explosive."

Penix had 248 yards passing by halftime as Washington built a 31-3 lead, a late first-half overthrown interception his only blemish on the score sheet.

McMillan finished with four catches for 127 yards. His TD catch was the seventh longest reception in school history and capped UW's fourth 99-yard drive. Later in the second quarter he caught a 37-yard pass from Penix to set up Taulapapa's 6-yard score for a 28-3 lead with 2:13 left in the half.

"Me and him hang outside of football, so, I mean, we have that connection already," McMillan said of Penix. "But he's also super calm. And you know, when I have a calm quarterback going into the game, it makes me calm myself. So just his poise and him just being able to stand there and just be confident within himself, I can be confident in myself."

Washington held Portland State to 131 total yards and just 50 yards passing by quarterback Dante Chachere. The Vikings played hard-nosed, clean football with no turnovers, but it had little effect against the more athletic Huskies.

"That was the University of Washington, that wasn't us," Portland State coach Bruce Barnum said. "We made some mistakes early. Our guys were all hyped up playing in Husky Stadium. But once we settled down, that was just the University of Washington's front seven doing a hell of a job on him."

THE TAKEAWAY

Portland State: The Vikings were never really in the game, but punched above their weight class for the second straight week after nearly upsetting San Jose State in the opener, a 21-17 loss decided with a about a minute to play. They were disciplined and tough against their second straight FBS opponent, a good sign with the Big Sky Conference opener in two weeks.

Washington: The Huskies showed they'll be more than just Air Penix with a couple of hard-nosed rushing efforts by Virginia transfer Taulapapa and Davis, who combined for more than 125 yards and two touchdowns by halftime. They'll need more of that to keep the Spartans out of Penix's face.

HUNDRED CLUB

Giles Jackson had six catches for 105 yards, marking the first time the Huskies have had two 100-yard receivers in the same game since John Ross and Dante Pettis accomplished the feat in 2016 against Cal. McMillan dedicated the game to his grandfather, Earl G. McMillan, who died recently.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter PorStWash
Wash TD 8:10 Cameron Davis 8 yd run (Peyton Henry kick) 0 7
Wash TD 2:41 Ja'Lynn Polk 12 yd pass from Michael Penix Jr. (Peyton Henry kick) 0 14
Second Quarter PorStWash
Wash TD 9:51 Jalen McMillan 84 yd pass from Michael Penix Jr. (Peyton Henry kick) 0 21
PorSt FG 4:44 Gianni Smith 23 yd FG 3 21
Wash TD 2:13 Wayne Taulapapa 6 yd run (Peyton Henry kick) 3 28
Wash FG 0:00 Peyton Henry 32 yd FG 3 31
Third Quarter PorStWash
Wash TD 12:18 Will Nixon 4 yd run (Peyton Henry kick) 3 38
PorSt FG 7:43 Gianni Smith 40 yd FG 6 38
Wash TD 2:28 Cameron Davis 3 yd run (Peyton Henry kick) 6 45
Fourth Quarter PorStWash
Wash TD 5:12 Denzel Boston 2 yd run (Peyton Henry kick) 6 52
Team Stats
  Portland State Washington
First downs 12 32
  Rushing 5 14
  Passing 2 17
  Penalty 5 1
3rd Down Efficiency 2-13, 15% 7-10, 70%
4th down efficiency 0-1, 0% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 31-81 40-241
Passing Yards 50 376
Return Yards 48 46
Completions-Attempts-Int 7-20-0 23-33-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 4--30 1--13
Punts 7 1
Punts-Average 47.1 51
Fumbles Lost 1-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 6-26 9-90
Time of Possession 27:21 32:39
Portland State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Chachere 6 17 50 0 0
J. Casey 1 3 0 0 0
Washington Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
M. Penix Jr. 20 27 337 2 1
S. Huard 2 2 24 0 0
D. Morris 1 3 15 0 0
Portland State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. McGee 12 58 4.8 0
A. Van Buren 8 22 2.8 0
D. Chachere 7 5 0.7 0
A. McGee 1 0 0.0 0
J. Casey 3 -4 -1.3 0
Washington Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
W. Taulapapa 12 94 7.8 1
C. Davis 10 70 7.0 2
R. Newton 10 59 5.9 0
W. Nixon 3 17 5.7 1
C. Sirmon 3 12 4.0 0
D. Boston 1 2 2.0 1
S. Huard 1 -13 -13.0 0
Portland State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
N. Bennett 3 25 8.3 0
B. Kelly 2 17 8.5 0
E. Daigbe 1 8 8.0 0
A. McGee 1 0 0.0
0
Washington Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. McMillan 4 127 31.8 1
G. Jackson 6 105 17.5 0
J. Polk 3 47 15.7 1
C. Davis 2 15 7.5 0
B. Holmes 1 15 15.0 0
J. Westover 1 15 15.0 0
C. Sirmon 1 14 14.0 0
D. Boston 1 10 10.0 0
W. Taulapapa 1 9 9.0 0
L. Alexander Jr. 1 9 9.0 0
Q. Moore 1 5 5.0 0
W. Nixon 1 5 5.0 0
Portland State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
T. Shakir 1 0
Washington Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Portland State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
G. Triplett 7 330 47.1
Washington Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. McCallister 1 51 51.0
Portland State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
B. Kelly 1 2 2.0
Washington Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
G. Jackson 2 19 9.5
Portland State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
S. Bolin 2 46 23.0
Washington Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Westover 2 15 7.5
W. Taulapapa 1 12 12.0
Portland State Missed FG
Player Length
Washington Missed FG
Player Length




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