Seattle, WA—A high-scoring spectacle unfolded in Husky Stadium on Saturday night as the Washington Huskies hosted the visiting opponent in a game that left college football fans breathless. Washington emerged victorious in a thrilling 59-32 shootout over Cal (2-2, 0-1), and their Heisman Trophy candidate, quarterback Michael Penix Jr., once again stole the spotlight with a scintillating performance that sent shockwaves through the college football world.
Penix Jr.’s Heisman-Caliber Display
Michael Penix Jr. has been making headlines all season long, and this game was no exception. The star quarterback showcased why he’s a leading Heisman Trophy candidate by delivering a near-perfect performance. Penix Jr. completed 19 of 25 passes for a staggering 304 yards and four touchdowns, leaving the opposition gasping for breath.
His ability to dissect the defense, make pinpoint throws, and execute under pressure has been a hallmark of his play this season. Penix Jr. displayed tremendous poise in the pocket, extending plays when necessary and delivering strikes to his receivers in key moments.
“It’s good to help him out. That’s what we’ve been talking about this whole year just to create plays for our offense and give them the ball back as much as possible,” Edefuan Ulofoshio said.
Dynamic Receiving Corps
Penix Jr. wasn’t the only star on the field; he had a trio of outstanding wide receivers to connect with. These three dynamic targets, who have been dubbed “Air Raid Avengers” by fans, played a crucial role in the high-scoring affair.
Every week, Washington and Michael Penix Jr. are making a resounding statement to the college football world that they are a force to be reckoned with. The Huskies’ potent offense, led by Penix Jr. and his trio of star receivers, has consistently put up impressive numbers.
This victory over a formidable opponent was another notch in their belt as they aim for a spot in the College Football Playoff. Their ability to score at will and dominate on the field sends a message that they are serious contenders for the national championship.
California signal caller Ben Finley was 17 of 32 for 207 yards and two touchdowns, but was intercepted three times in the first half.
The Huskies led 14-0 before Penix ever saw the field. And when he did, Penix threw for three first-half touchdowns as the Huskies tied a school record for points in a half.
Washington (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) made everything look surprisingly easy, leading by as much as 40 against an opponent that’s been a problem in recent years.
“It was fun. It was exciting to be able to see the other two sides of the ball score early,” Penix said. “Definitely a fast start and that’s something we talk about a lot is starting fast in all phases.”
The 101st meeting between the Golden Bears and Washington was the conference opener for both and the final time the two original members of what’s now the Pac-12 would meet as members of the same conference.
Ja’Lynn Polk finished with eight catches for 127 yards and Odunze had five receptions for 125 yards. Washington has had at least two pass catchers top 100 yards receiving in all four games this season.
As the college football season unfolds, all eyes will be on Washington and Michael Penix Jr. Their explosive performances have not only excited their fan base but have also caught the attention of Heisman voters and playoff committee members. With each passing game, they reinforce their status as legitimate contenders for both individual awards and the ultimate team prize—the national championship.
In the aftermath of this thrilling victory, the college football world is left buzzing with anticipation, eagerly awaiting Washington’s next statement game. One thing is for sure: Michael Penix Jr. and the Huskies are a powerhouse duo that no one can afford to underestimate.
California: The Bears host Arizona State next Saturday.
Washington: The Huskies are at Arizona next Saturday.