Washington outlasts Texas in the Sugar Bowl in the College Football Playoff semifinals


No. 2 Washington outlasted No. 3 Alabama 37-31 in the Sugar Bowl behind a near-record setting day from Michael Penix. Penix completed 76 percent of his passes for 430 yards and two touchdowns, the fourth-most passing yards in a College Football Playoff game.

The game appeared to be a shootout in the first half after teams answered scoring drives to enter halftime tied 21-21. However, 13 unanswered points from Washington to start the second half let the Huskies pull away.

Washington pulled away behind Penix’s big day and wide receivers Rome Odunze and Ja’Lynn Polk both gaining over 100 receiving yards. Defensively, the Huskies forced two pivotal fumbles on two of Texas’s first three second-half drives.

Texas rallied late and got a chance for a last-second touchdown after an injury to Washington running back Dillon Johnson stop the clocked with less than a minute to play. However, Texas’ game-winning drive attempt ultimately stalled at the Washington 13-yard line as Quinn Ewers’ pass to Adonai Mitchell fell incomplete.

Washington has now won 10-straight games by 10 points or less. Click or tap here for stats from the game.

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