Dylan Morris threw for a career-high 367 yards and three touchdowns as Washington earned its first victory of the season, defeating Arkansas State 52-3 on a rainy Saturday afternoon in Seattle.
The Red Wolves (1-2), who entered the game fourth nationally with 596.5 yards of total offense per game, were limited to just 268 while UW amassed 598.
The Huskies (1-2), upset by Montana of the Football Championship Subdivision in their home opener before a loss last week at Michigan, went three-and-out on their first possession. But the Huskies scored touchdowns on their next four drives — all 70 yards or longer — to take a 28-0 lead with 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter.
Washington got a boost from two players making their season debuts — wide receiver Jalen McMillan and running back Sean McGrew. McMillan, who suffered a hand injury midway through fall camp, had 10 receptions for 175 yards and a touchdown. McGrew, a preseason Doak Walker Award candidate, hadn’t played in the first two games but rushed for two scores.
Morris hit tight end Cade Otton with a 13-yard pass to open the scoring.
After Arkansas State missed a short field-goal attempt, McGrew scored on a 13-yard run.
Richard Newton Jr., who led the Huskies with 52 yards rushing on 10 attempts, scored on a 2-yard run early in the second quarter.
McMillan caught a 33-yard scoring strike from Morris with 10 minutes left in the half.
McGrew scored on a 2-yard run with 4:37 left in the third quarter to make it 35-0 before the Red Wolves finally got on the board on Blake Grupe’s 26-yard field goal.
Terrell Bynum caught a 42-yard touchdown pass from Morris with 13:59 remaining to make it 42-3.
Huskies backup quarterback Sam Huard led a 72-yard drive to set up Peyton Henry’s 38-yard field goal with 8:05 left.
UW linebacker Bralen Trice returned a fumble 72 yards for a touchdown with 3:34 to go.
Arkansas State’s James Blackman completed 16 of 38 passes for 176 yards. Backup Layne Hatcher entered in the fourth quarter and was 6 of 11 for 44 yards.
The Red Wolves’ Lincoln Pare made seven catches for 69 yards. Johnnie Lang was their leading rusher with 18 yards on six carries.
–Field Level Media