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Washington Defeats Arkansas State, 52-3

Sep 18, 2021

SEATTLE (AP) -- Dylan Morris passed for 367 yards and three touchdowns, Jalen McMillan had 10 catches for 175 yards and a score, and Washington defeated Arkansas State 52-3 on Saturday at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium.

The Huskies got it thanks to an offense that jolted awake, and a defense that shut down Arkansas State's high-powered unit that scored 50 points in a loss last week.

Morris pushed his throws downfield and had the best passing day of his young career, topping 300 yards for the first time in seven career starts. McMillan was his favorite target, becoming the first Washington pass catcher with 10 or more receptions since Andre Baccellia had 12 in the 2019 Rose Bowl against Ohio State. McMillian had a 33-yard TD catch early in the second quarter that gave Washington a 28-0 lead.

Sean McGrew had touchdown runs of 13 and 2 yards after not playing in the first two games. Morris also threw a 13-yard TD to Cade Otton, the first of four straight possessions that ended in Huskies touchdowns. Morris capped his day with a 42-yard TD to Terrell Bynum early in the fourth quarter.

Arkansas State's offense put up huge numbers through the first two weeks against Central Arkansas and Memphis. The Red Wolves (1-2) found it much tougher to find the end zone against Washington.

After splitting time with quarterbacks the first two weeks, the Red Wolves went almost exclusively with James Blackman, who threw for 176 yards but was just 16 of 38 passing. Blackman threw for 306 yards and four TDs last week after taking over for Layne Hatcher. Hatcher threw four TDs in the season opener against Central Arkansas. He took over in the fourth quarter against the Huskies.

Arkansas State's only points came on Blake Grupe's 26-yard field goal late in the third quarter.


Washington: The Huskies open Pac-12 play hosting California next Saturday.