GAMEDAY College Football

Washington 52, Arkansas State 3

By TIM BOOTH
AP Sports Writer

SEATTLE - Dylan Morris passed for 367 yards and three touchdowns, Jalen McMillan had 10 catches for 175 yards and a score, and Washington rebounded from two disappointing losses with a 52-3 win over Arkansas State.

After losing stunningly to Montana to open the season and getting run over last week at Michigan, the Huskies (1-2) needed a convincing performance to stop the season from spiraling away before the beginning of Pac-12 Conference play.

They got it thanks to an offense that jolted awake after sleepwalking for two games, and a defense that shut down Arkansas State's high-powered unit that scored 50 points in a loss last week.

Morris pushed his throws downfield and had the best passing day of his young career, topping 300 yards for the first time in seven career starts. McMillan was his favorite target, becoming the first Washington pass catcher with 10 or more receptions since Andre Baccellia had 12 in the 2019 Rose Bowl against Ohio State. McMillian had a 33-yard TD catch early in the second quarter that gave Washington a 28-0 lead.

Sean McGrew had touchdown runs of 13 and 2 yards after not playing in the first two games. Morris also threw a 13-yard TD to Cade Otton, the first of four straight possessions that ended in Huskies touchdowns after going three-and-out on their opening possession and receiving a chorus of boos. Morris capped his day with a 42-yard TD to Terrell Bynum early in the fourth quarter.

The offensive outburst will be a brief reprieve for embattled offensive coordinator John Donovan after the lethargic offensive performance in the first two games. But the real test of whether Washington has been able to make a dramatic change will come when Pac-12 play begins next week.

Arkansas State's offense put up huge numbers through the first two weeks against Central Arkansas and Memphis. The Red Wolves (1-2) found it much tougher to find the end zone against Washington.

After splitting time with quarterbacks the first two weeks, the Red Wolves went almost exclusively with James Blackman, who threw for 176 yards but was just 16 of 38 passing. Blackman threw for 306 yards and four TDs last week after taking over for Layne Hatcher. Hatcher threw four TDs in the season opener against Central Arkansas. He took over in the fourth quarter against the Huskies.

Arkansas State's only points came on Blake Grupe's 26-yard field goal late in the third quarter.

Washington athletics press release


Scoring Summary
First Quarter ArkStWash
Wash TD 8:21 Cade Otton 13 yd pass from Dylan Morris (Tim Horn kick) 0 7
Wash TD 3:32 Sean McGrew 13 yd run (Peyton Henry kick) 0 14
Second Quarter ArkStWash
Wash TD 13:40 Richard Newton 2 yd run (Tim Horn kick) 0 21
Wash TD 10:00 Jalen McMillan 33 yd pass from Dylan Morris (Peyton Henry kick) 0 28
Third Quarter ArkStWash
Wash TD 4:37 Sean McGrew 2 yd run (Tim Horn kick) 0 35
ArkSt FG 2:55 Blake Grupe 26 yd FG 3 35
Fourth Quarter ArkStWash
Wash TD 13:59 Terrell Bynum 42 yd pass from Dylan Morris (Peyton Henry kick) 3 42
Wash FG 8:05 Peyton Henry 38 yd FG 3 45
Wash TD 3:34 Bralen Trice 72 yd fumble return (Peyton Henry kick) 3 52
Team Stats
  Arkansas State Washington
First downs 15 30
  Rushing 5 10
  Passing 9 17
  Penalty 1 3
3rd Down Efficiency 5-18, 28% 8-14, 57%
4th down efficiency 0-2, 0% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 23-48 39-200
Passing Yards 220 398
Return Yards 74 66
Completions-Attempts-Int 22-49-1 25-44-2
Sacks-Yards Lost 3--32 1--5
Punts 10 3
Punts-Average 40.8 45.7
Fumbles Lost 2-2 2-1
Penalties - Yards 6-49 6-57
Time of Possession 25:06 34:54
Arkansas State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Blackman 16 38 176 0 0
L. Hatcher 6 11 44 0 1
Washington Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Morris 23 39 367 3 2
S. Huard 2 5 31 0 0
Arkansas State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Lang Jr. 6 18 3.0 0
J. Blackman 5 17 3.4 0
A. Lamar 4 8 2.0 0
L. Pare 3 7 2.3 0
R. Tyler 1 1 1.0 0
L. Hatcher 4 -3 -0.8 0
Washington Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
R. Newton 10 52 5.2 1
K. Pleasant 8 48 6.0 0
S. McGrew 6 31 5.2 2
C. Davis 7 27 3.9 0
D. Morris 3 18 6.0 0
P. O'Brien 1 13 13.0 0
G. Jackson 1 8 8.0 0
J. Sunday 3 3 1.0 0
Arkansas State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
L. Pare 7 69 9.9 0
C. Rucker 3 43 14.3 0
A. Hayes 2 28 14.0 0
T. Hunt 2 23 11.5 0
J. Foreman 2 17 8.5 0
D. Green 1 16 16.0 0
A. Lamar 2 13 6.5 0
D. Clayton 1 12 12.0 0
J. Lang Jr. 2 -1 -.5 0
Washington Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. McMillan 10 175 17.5 1
T. Davis 5 94 18.8 0
T. Bynum 4 64 16.0 1
C. Otton 2 23 11.5 1
G. Jackson 1 23 23.0 0
C. Davis 1 8 8.0 0
K. Pleasant 1 6 6.0 0
R. Newton 1 5 5.0 0
Arkansas State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
L. Jones 1 12
J. Brown 1 4
Washington Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Irvin 1 34
Arkansas State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
R. Hanson 9 408 45.3
Washington Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
R. Porter 3 137 45.7
Arkansas State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Lang Jr. 0 8
L. Jones 0 5
Washington Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
A. Cook 0 7
G. Jackson 0 5
T. McDuffie 0 5
Arkansas State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
A. Lamar 3 45 15.0
Washington Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
G. Jackson 1 15 15.0
Arkansas State Missed FG
Player Length
Washington Missed FG
Player Length




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