Oct 22, 2021; Tucson, Arizona, USA; Washington Huskies wide receiver Rome Odunze (16) catches a touchdown pass against the Arizona Wildcats during the second half at Arizona Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Washington rallies to hand Arizona 19th straight loss

Dylan Morris passed for two second-half touchdowns and Washington’s defense provided a spark with two fourth-quarter interceptions as the Huskies rallied to beat winless Arizona 21-16 on Friday night in Tucson, Ariz.

Washington (3-4, 2-2 Pac-12) trailed 13-0 at halftime. The Huskies went ahead for the first time when Morris found Rome Odunze on an 8-yard pass for a 21-16 lead with 6:44 to go.

The Wildcats (0-7, 0-4) then went three-and-out and didn’t get the ball back until 21 seconds were left. They went from their 20 to their 40, where a last-second Hail Mary pass was picked off.

Arizona has the nation’s longest losing streak at 19 games.

The Wildcats looked in control early in the fourth quarter, leading 16-7 with a first down at the Washington 28. However, Will Plummer was intercepted by lineman Tuli Letuligasenoa on a short pass into traffic near the line of scrimmage.

The Huskies needed only four plays to go 71 yards, scoring on a 9-yard run by Cameron Davis with 11:39 to go to make it 16-14.

Washington ran for just 88 yards, but the passing game was buoyed by big plays from receiver Terrell Bynum, who caught five passes for 143 yards. Morris completed 13 of 21 passes for 217 yards with no interceptions.

Plummer was 13 of 20 for only 68 yards. Arizona’s Stevie Rocker Jr. ran eight times for a team-high 87 yards.

Washington cut into its halftime deficit with an 81-yard drive that was capped by a 16-yard touchdown pass to Bynum with 9:41 left in the third quarter. The Wildcats answered with a methodical running game that ate up more than seven minutes in a 15-play drive that ended with Tyler Loop’s 35-yard field goal.

The teams combined for just 41 yards in the first quarter, but an Arizona blocked punt after the first possession led to a 3-0 lead.

In the second quarter, an Arizona 10-play drive ended in Jamarye Joiner’s 1-yard touchdown run on a direct snap. The Wildcats went up 13-0 on Lucas Havrisik’s 50-yard field goal with 2:23 to go before halftime.

–Field Level Media

Oct 16, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Washington Huskies head coach Jimmy Lake calls for a timeout during the third quarter against the UCLA Bruins at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Washington looks to end 2-game skid against winless Arizona

Washington doesn’t appear ready to make a quarterback change. Arizona has no choice.

The struggling teams meet Friday night in Tucson, Ariz. The Huskies (2-4, 1-2 Pac-12) make the trip to play Arizona (0-6, 0-3) on a two-game losing streak and with a quarterback, redshirt freshman Dylan Morris, who has thrown a conference-high eight interceptions.

Morris has a 5-5 record in the 10 games of the Jimmy Lake coaching era.

Lake’s other options are five-star true freshman Sam Huard and sixth-year senior Patrick O’Brien, a transfer from Colorado State.

“We are nowhere near that point right now,” Lake said of a quarterback change.

“If you go back to the last two games, we’re one, two plays away from being 3-0 in conference. So we’re close. … There’s not going to be a panic button pushed here where all the sudden, we’re just going to be rotating guys in and out at certain positions, especially an important position like quarterback.”

Washington started the season No. 20 in the preseason AP poll, but the Huskies rank 100th in scoring (23.5 points per game) and have yet to ignite the running game (112th nationally at 111.0 yards per game).

But most teams find a way to get well against the Wildcats, who have lost 18 consecutive games, the longest skid in the country. They were shut out last week at Colorado and are tied for last nationally in scoring at 14.0 points per game.

Making things worse, Arizona has lost its top two quarterbacks — Jordan McCloud and Gunner Cruz — to season-ending injuries in the past two games, leaving Will Plummer as the only scholarship option.

Plummer, who started this season in a 21-19 home loss to FCS opponent Northern Arizona, has completed 36 of 71 passes for 380 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions.

Plummer has a penchant for trying to make big plays.

“I think the aggressive part of the play and taking shots down the field, we want that,” said Arizona head coach Jedd Fisch. “We now have to hit them. You hit on a couple of them and it’s like, ‘Wow, that’s exactly what we’re looking for.’”

The Wildcats have failed to score 20 points in nine consecutive games.

Washington, which has won the past four games in the series, did get some good news last week. Standout outside linebacker Zion Tupuola-Fetui made his season debut last week after returning from an Achilles’ injury. He had 10 reps, according to Lake.

“He came out of the game healthy, and I would expect him to have more plays Friday night,” Lake said.

–Field Level Media

Oct 16, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Washington Huskies quarterback Dylan Morris (9) passes against the UCLA Bruins during the first quarter at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Dorian Thompson-Robinson tosses 2 TDs as UCLA edges Washington

Dorian Thompson-Robinson threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another as UCLA defeated Washington 24-17 Saturday night in a Pacific-12 Conference game in Seattle.

It was the second consecutive victory for the Bruins (5-2, 3-1 Pac-12) and the second straight defeat for the Huskies (2-4, 1-2).

Thompson-Robinson hit tight end Greg Dulcich over the middle on a 9-yard touchdown pass with 8:19 remaining to break a 17-all tie.

The Huskies reached midfield on their next possession, but Dylan Morris’ deep ball for Rome Odunze was intercepted by UCLA’s Devin Kirkwood at the 4-yard line with 4:50 remaining.

The Bruins then ran out the clock.

Thompson-Robinson, a senior, completed 21 of 26 passes for 183 yards and a 165.3 rating. He also gained 87 yards on 12 carries.

Zach Charbonnet rushed 21 times for 131 yards for the Bruins, who improved to 3-0 on the road.

Morris completed 20 of 30 passes for 184 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Teammate Kamari Pleasant rushed nine times for 80 yards.

Thompson-Robinson guided the Bruins to a 17-3 lead.

He threw a 17-yard scoring strike to Kam Brown with 29 seconds left in the first quarter to give UCLA a 7-3 lead.

After a 39-yard field goal by Nicholas Barr-Mira made it 10-3 with 7:04 left in the half, Thompson-Robinson scored on a 1-yard sneak on a fourth-and-goal play with 3:33 remaining to extend the lead to 17-3.

The Huskies responded with an eight-play, 69-yard drive, with Morris hitting Odunze in the back left corner of the end zone to make it 17-10 with 52 seconds left in the half.

The Huskies tied the score at 17-all on their first drive of the third quarter, with Morris sneaking in from a yard out on fourth-and-goal.

Washington’s Peyton Henry opened the scoring with a 25-yard field goal with 3:23 remaining in the first quarter.

The Huskies honored their 1991 national championship team with throwback uniforms.

–Field Level Media

Sep 18, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Washington Huskies quarterback Dylan Morris (9) throws a pass against the Arkansas State Red Wolves during the second quarter at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Washington routs Arkansas St. for first win of season

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

Sep 11, 2021; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; Michigan Wolverines running back Blake Corum (2) rushes in the second half against the Washington Huskies at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan’s ground game too much for Huskies

Blake Corum and Hassan Haskins combined to rush for 326 yards and four touchdowns as Michigan defeated visiting Washington 31-10 Saturday night in a nonconference game in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Corum carried 21 times for 171 yards and three scores, including a 67-yard run in the second quarter that gave the Wolverines (2-0) a 10-0 halftime lead.

Haskins added 155 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries as Michigan kept to the ground without star receiver/kick returner Ronnie Bell, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in a 47-14 victory against Western Michigan last week.

The Wolverines’ defense did the rest, keeping the Huskies (0-2) off the scoreboard until Peyton Henry kicked a 28-yard field goal with 5:54 left in the third quarter to make it 17-3.

That was Washington’s first score since its opening drive last week, when it was upset 13-7 by visiting Montana, a Football Championship Subdivision school.

The Huskies finally reached the end zone on a 22-yard pass from Dylan Morris to Terrell Bynum with 12:04 remaining.

Corum’s long touchdown run came one play after the Wolverines successfully converted a fake punt, with Michael Barrett rushing up the middle for three yards on fourth-and-1 from their own 30-yard line.

Michigan took the second half kickoff and marched 73 yards in eight players, capped by Corum’s 7-yard touchdown run, to extend its lead to 17-0.

Haskins scored on a 6-yard run with 13:56 remaining to make it 24-3 and Corum capped the scoring on a 4-yard run with 1:48 left.

Without Bell as a target, Wolverines quarterback Cade McNamara was just 7 of 15 for 44 yards.

Washington’s Morris completed 20 of 37 passes for 293 yards. Taj Davis made six catches for 78 yards and Bynum had five receptions for 115.

The Huskies gained just 50 yards rushing, with Richard Newton leading the way with 24 yards on 12 carries.

Receiver Giles Jackson, making his return to Ann Arbor after transferring from Michigan to Washington in the offseason, had three catches for 49 yards and three rushes for nine yards.

— Field Level Media

Former NFL RB, college star Junior Coffey dies at 79

Former Atlanta Falcons running back and college star Junior Coffey has died. He was 79.

Coffey later became a horse trainer after his football career. The Thoroughbred Daily News reported he died Monday of congestive heart failure.

Coffey was an honorable mention All-American at Washington in the collegiate ranks and was one of the stars of the 1963 team that reached the Rose Bowl before losing to Dick Butkus-led Illinois. Coffey missed the Rose Bowl with a broken foot.

The Texas native initially wanted to play for a Southwest Conference school but the league wasn’t integrated, so he selected Washington. He led the Huskies in rushing in 1962 (581 yards) and 1964 (638) and finished with 1,604 in three seasons.

He later rushed for 2,037 yards and 10 touchdowns with three NFL teams between 1965-71. He also caught 64 passes for 487 yards and five scores.

Coffey was a seventh-round draft pick by the Green Bay Packers in 1965 and played sparingly.

The Falcons selected him in the expansion draft prior to the 1966 season and he rushed for exactly 722 yards and four touchdowns in each of the next two seasons. He caught a combined 45 passes.

He missed the 1968 season with a knee injury and totaled 511 rushing yards in 1969 while splitting the season between the Falcons and New York Giants.

He finished his career in 1971 with the Giants.

Coffey became a horse trainer in the state of Washington. According to the Thoroughbred Daily News, he won 174 races at Emerald Downs south of Seattle, including eight stakes races.

“Junior Coffey was one of a kind in so many ways,” Emerald Downs founder Ron Crockett told the publication. “He was an accomplished athlete, a talented horse trainer, a philosopher, a friend to many and most of all kind hearted. He was a trailblazer.”

Coffey’s final race as a trainer was a winning effort in September 2018.

–Field Level Media

Nov 2, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; Washington Huskies linebacker Zion Tupuola-Fetui (58) drags down Utah Utes running back Zack Moss (2) during the second quarter at Husky Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

Washington LB Zion Tupuola-Fetui suffers torn Achilles

Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields (1) gets ready to throw the ball against Indiana Hoosiers during the third quarter in their NCAA Division I football game on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

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Washington linebacker Zion Tupuola-Fetui will have surgery this week for a torn Achilles tendon and could miss the entire 2021 season, Huskies coach Jimmy Lake announced Wednesday.

As a sophomore last season, Tupuola-Fetui led the Pac-12 with seven sacks in just three games. He made the All-Pac-12 first team and the Associated Press All-America third team.

Tupuola-Fetui sustained the injury during a scrimmage drill on Friday. The expected recovery time is 6-10 months.

The 6-foot-3, 280-pound Hawaii native has 23 tackles, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in 11 career games with the Huskies.

–Field Level Media

Dec 5, 2020; Seattle, Washington, USA; Washington Huskies head coach Jimmy Lake reacts to a play against the Stanford Cardinal during the third quarter at Alaska Airlines Field  at Husky Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Oregon-Washington football game canceled due to COVID-19

The Oregon-Washington Pac-12 football game, which had been scheduled for Saturday in Eugene, Ore., has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns within the Huskies’ program, the conference announced on Thursday.

“This decision was made under the Pac-12’s football game cancellation policy due to Washington not having the minimum number of scholarship student-athletes available for the game due to a number of positive football student-athlete COVID-19 cases and resulting isolation of additional football student-athletes under contact tracing protocols,” the statement read, adding the game will be declared a no contest.

If Oregon (3-2) had defeated the Huskies (3-1), they would have won the North Division and advanced to the Pac-12 title game on Dec. 18. The Ducks would have faced No. 15 Southern California (4-0) or Colorado (3-0), who are atop the South Division.

“Not contesting this game is very disappointing to our student-athletes and our fans,” the statement read. “While all of us want to see our student-athletes on the field competing, our number one priority must continue to be the health and safety of all those connected to Pac-12 football programs.”

It is unclear how this impacts who will play in the conference’s championship game since the Trojans and Buffaloes could both be undefeated following this week. The conference could amend its rules to have the league’s lone unbeaten teams meet, according to ESPN.

USC and Colorado had their meeting earlier this month declared a no contest after it was canceled because of COVID-19 issues within the Trojans’ program.

USC and Colorado face UCLA and Utah, respectively, on Saturday.

–Field Level Media

Dec 5, 2020; Seattle, Washington, USA; Stanford Cardinal running back Austin Jones (20) rushes for a touchdown against the Washington Huskies during the first quarter at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Stanford holds off Washington despite second-half rally

Austin Jones rushed 31 times for 138 yards and two touchdowns against the Pacific-12 Conference’s top-ranked defense as Stanford upset No. 22 Washington 31-26 Saturday in Seattle.

Davis Mills completed 20 of 30 passes for 252 yards and a score for the Cardinal (2-2), who held on after building a 24-3 halftime lead.

The Huskies (3-1) nearly rallied from a 21-point halftime deficit for the second consecutive week, after defeating Utah 24-21 the previous Saturday at home.

Sean McGrew’s 2-yard touchdown run, his second score of the game, pulled Washington within 31-23 with 11:03 remaining.

The Huskies’ Trent McDuffie forced Jones to fumble near midfield on Stanford’s next possession and Edefuan Ulofoshio returned it 39 yards to the Stanford 10-yard line.

Two plays later, a touchdown pass from Dylan Morris to Ty Jones that could have tied the score with a two-point conversion with 9:59 left was called back by a holding penalty. Another holding call pushed Washington back to the 29-yard line before Peyton Henry’s 45-yard field goal made it 31-26 with 7:54 remaining.

The Huskies never got the ball back, as Jones helped the Cardinal run out the clock.

Stanford was 10 of 13 on third-down conversions and 2 for 2 on fourth down.

Morris completed 15 of 23 passes for 254 yards, without a touchdown or interception. McGrew rushed for a team-high 65 yards on 16 carries.

The Cardinal scored on their first five drives of the game, with four of those ending in touchdowns.

Jones scored on runs of 3 yards and 1 yard in the first quarter to give Stanford a 14-0 lead.

After a Henry field goal, Nathaniel Peat scored on a 3-yard run and Jet Toner kicked a 42-yard field goal as time expired in the half to make it 24-3.

Washington scored TDs on three straight drives in the second half to pull within 31-23. McGrew scored on rushes of 6 and 2 yards and Morris tallied a 1-yard TD sneak.

–Field Level Media

Nov 28, 2020; Seattle, Washington, USA; Washington Huskies quarterback Dylan Morris (9) passes against the Utah Utes during the second quarter at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

No. 22 Washington vows to keep the focus on Stanford

Washington coach Jimmy Lake was asked if there’s any chance his undefeated Huskies, No. 22 in the College Football Playoff rankings, might be looking past Saturday’s opponent, the visiting Stanford Cardinal.

The Huskies, after all, have a game against No. 23 Oregon for first place in the Pacific-12 Conference’s North Division looming.

“The North, for the last six years, has been Stanford, Washington, Stanford, Washington for most of those years. I believe it’s four or five of the last six years. I’m sorry, but this is Stanford we’re talking about here. This is a powerhouse in the North Division. This is a huge game. This is a storied program that we have a lot of respect for, a big-time opponent. That thought is not going into one person in this whole building’s head. … This is a game that is a fistfight as well every single year, because of their style of play and our style of play. Stanford and Washington have run the North for years.”

The Ducks, who have played in three conference championship games since 2011 and won the title last year, might dispute that, but Lake’s point is that only the nomadic Cardinal matter this week.

Stanford (1-2, 1-2 Pac-12), which will spend the next two weeks in the Pacific Northwest because of COVID-19 restrictions in Santa Clara County in California, and Washington (3-0, 3-0) are both coming off emotional victories.

The Cardinal won the Big Game against Bay Area rival Cal 24-23 last Friday as Austin Jones ran for a pair of touchdowns, Davis Mills threw for 205 yards and a score, and Thomas Booker blocked the potential tying extra point with 58 seconds remaining to take back The Axe.

“We still didn’t play our best, but we needed to win a close game,” said Cardinal coach David Shaw, whose team’s game next weekend against Oregon State has already been moved to Corvallis, Ore. “We want to be a great football team, and we’re getting closer to good.”

The Huskies, who had their Apple Cup rivalry against Washington State canceled because of the Cougars’ coronavirus concerns, instead got an unscheduled matchup against Utah last Saturday.

The Utes took a 21-point halftime lead before the Huskies clawed back for a 24-21 victory on Dylan Morris’ 16-yard touchdown pass to tight end Cade Otton with 36 seconds left.

It was only the fifth time in program history the Huskies rallied from a deficit of 21 or more points to win, and it was the first since 1989.

“That was probably the first comeback I’ve ever been a part of,” said Huskies linebacker Zion Tupuola-Fetui, who had three sacks. “I just had to take in the moment.”

Morris, a first-year starter, was 23 of 38 for 272 yards and two touchdowns but threw three interceptions. He was 6 of 9 for 71 yards on the final drive, including a play on which the snap was botched but Morris recovered to complete a pass to Otton.

“That’s the type of calm that he has through adverse situations,” Lake said.

The Huskies hope to take advantage of a Stanford run defense that’s allowing a conference-worst 229.0 yards per game.

–Field Level Media