After sluggish first quarter, Washington blasts Boise State, 56-19
Eventually, the Huskies did what a CFP contender should do.
SEATTLE — Admit it. You wondered. If not after the sack and punt, if not after the busted receiver screen and second punt, then maybe after Boise State drove 90 yards in 10 plays to take a 6-0 lead, the kind of 6-0 lead that topples empires and destroys Heisman campaigns.
Was last season a fluke?
Did the defense somehow get worse?
Can I trade in my Michael Penix Jr. jersey for a Dominic Canzone bobblehead?
Of course, it was Penix who eventually supplied the tonic for Washington’s sluggish start, his left wrist flicking majestic throws to the Huskies’ generationally talented receivers. He threw four touchdown passes in the second quarter alone, finished with five, totaled 450 passing yards and completed 29 of his 40 attempts without a turnover, departing this blowout in time to watch backup Dylan Morris tack on a 31-yard touchdown pass on his first and only throw in the fourth quarter.
Washington 56, Boise State 19, order restored, point taken.
“Usually, we’re kind of used to the fast starts in maybe the first and third quarter,” coach Kalen DeBoer said after UW’s eighth consecutive victory, dating to last season. “It was more of the strong finishes in the second and fourth.”