Washington outlasts Texas, wins Sugar Bowl

Washington outlasts Texas, wins Sugar Bowl

In a thrilling Sugar Bowl matchup, No. 2 Washington secured a hard-fought victory over No. 3 Alabama with a final score of 37-31. The game featured an outstanding performance from Washington’s quarterback Michael Penix, who nearly set a record by completing 76% of his passes for 430 yards and two touchdowns. Penix’s passing yards ranked as the fourth-highest in a College Football Playoff game.

The first half of the game unfolded as a high-scoring affair, with both teams delivering scoring drives that led to a halftime tie of 21-21. However, Washington gained momentum in the second half, scoring 13 unanswered points to establish a lead.

Washington’s success was propelled by Michael Penix’s exceptional performance, supported by wide receivers Rome Odunze and Ja’Lynn Polk, both of whom accumulated over 100 receiving yards. On the defensive side, the Huskies made a significant impact by forcing two crucial fumbles in the early stages of the second half.

Despite a late rally by Texas, Washington managed to maintain their lead. In the final moments of the game, Texas had an opportunity for a last-second touchdown, but their game-winning drive stalled at the Washington 13-yard line. A pass from Quinn Ewers to Adonai Mitchell fell incomplete, securing Washington’s victory.

This win marked Washington’s tenth consecutive victory by a margin of 10 points or less, showcasing the team’s resilience and ability to secure close victories.