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Dec. 9, 2023

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No. 8 Washington rolls to 41-7 rout of Michigan State, playing without suspended coach

Michael Penix Jr. threw for 473 yards and four touchdowns and Jack Westover had three scoring catches to lead No. 8 Washington to a 41-7 victory over Michigan State, playing their first game without suspended coach Mel Tucker


EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michael Penix Jr. threw for 473 yards and four touchdowns, including three to Jack Westover, to lead No. 8 Washington to a 41-7 victory over Michigan State playing its first game without suspended coach Mel Tucker.

The Huskies (3-0) totaled 713 yards of offense which is the most ever given up by the Spartans, topping the previous high of 666 yards by Nebraska in 1995.

Penix, who completed 27 of 35 passes, led the Huskies to touchdowns on five of their seven first-half drives and a 35-0 halftime lead. He had scoring throws of 5, 13 and 7 yards to Westover, and a 30-yarder to Ja’Lynn Polk. Former Michigan State wide receiver Germie Bernard, who transferred to Washington after last season, also added a 1-yard touchdown run.

The Spartans (2-1) struggled offensively through most of the game and didn’t score until backup quarterback Katin Houser had a 4-yard run with 5:48 left.

Michigan State defensive backs coach Harlon Barnett was appointed interim coach to replace Tucker, who was suspended Sunday pending the results of an outside investigation into a USA Today report that alleged he sexually harassed activist and rape survivor Brenda Tracy during a phone call last year.


Former Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio, the winningest coach in school history, returned Saturday.

Dantonio, who retired in February 2020 after a 13-year run, observed the game from the Spartans’ sideline. He received a standing ovation when he was introduced during a ceremony recognizing his 2014 Rose Bowl-winning team.


Washington: While much attention has been given to the offense, the Huskies’ defense has been impressive through its first three games. Opponents have been held to a total of 36 points.

MSU: Michigan State’s pass defense had no answers for stopping the Huskies’ explosive offense. Penix dissected the defense with his precision passing to his sure-handed receivers who were wide-open most of the game.


Washington: Opens the Pac-12 season hosting Cal on Saturday.

MSU: Hosts Maryland on Saturday in the Big Ten opener for both schools.

No. 8 Washington 41, Michigan St. 7

Washington 14 21 6 0 — 41

Michigan St. 0 0 0 7 — 7

First Quarter

WASH — Bernard 1 run (Gross kick), 9:51.

WASH — Westover 5 pass from Penix (Gross kick), 1:14.

Second Quarter

WASH — Polk 30 pass from Penix (Gross kick), 10:44.

WASH — Westover 13 pass from Penix (Gross kick), 6:49.

WASH — Westover 7 pass from Penix (Gross kick), :06.

Third Quarter

WASH — FG Gross 22, 10:43.

WASH — FG Gross 29, 3:45.

Fourth Quarter

MSU — Houser 4 run (J.Kim kick), 5:48.



First downs 29 15

Total Net Yards 713 261

Rushes-yards 33-177 27-53

Passing 536 208

Punt Returns 2-1 1-1

Kickoff Returns 1-30 3-49

Interceptions Ret. 1-7 1-0

Comp-Att-Int 29-39-1 14-35-1

Sacked-Yards Lost 0-0 2-16

Punts 2-31.5 8-41.875

Fumbles-Lost 1-0 0-0

Penalties-Yards 11-110 11-83

Time of Possession 35:32 24:28


RUSHING — Washington, Rogers 15-74, D.Johnson 8-71, Newton 4-29, Nixon 1-4, McMillan 1-2, Bernard 2-2, (Team) 2-(minus 5). Michigan St., N.Carter 17-48, Simmons 4-11, Houser 1-4, A.Brown 1-(minus 1), N.Kim 4-(minus 9).

PASSING — Washington, Penix 27-35-0-473, Morris 2-4-1-63. Michigan St., N.Kim 12-31-1-136, Houser 2-4-0-72.

RECEIVING — Washington, Odunze 8-180, Polk 5-118, McMillan 4-96, Westover 4-37, Bernard 3-23, Nixon 2-12, Cuevas 1-57, Culp 1-7, Wheeler 1-6. Michigan St., Carr 3-30, Mosley 3-21, Foster 2-50, Glover 2-17, Fitzpatrick 1-61, Henry 1-16, Hopper 1-11, N.Carter 1-2.


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