Huskies Bowl Eligible Following 28-21 Win at Cal
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Michael Penix Jr. threw a go-ahead 14-yard touchdown pass to Jalen McMillan early in the fourth quarter to lead Washington past California 28-21 on Saturday night.
Penix threw for 374 yards and two TDs for his eighth straight 300-yard passing game to help the Huskies (6-2, 3-2 Pac-12) win their first road game of the season. With the win, the Huskies are bowl eligible for the twelfth time in thirteen seasons.
Jack Plummer threw three touchdown passes in the second half for the Golden Bears (3-4, 1-3). But it wasn't enough to prevent Cal from losing its third straight game.
Penix led Washington on three straight TD drives in the second half. He found McMillan wide open in the front of the end zone to give the Huskies the lead for good and added a 36-yarder to Richard Newtown on another third-down pass later in the fourth to make it 28-14.
Plummer, who threw two TD passes to J. Michael Sturdivant in the third quarter, got Cal within 28-21 with an 8-yard strike to Mavin Anderson on fourth down with 6:11 to play but Washington's defense came up with two key sacks on a late drive before an Alex Cook interception sealed the victory.
Washington completely dominated the first half, outgaining the Bears 245-83 in the half and didn't allow Cal to cross midfield for more than 27 minutes. The Huskies settled for field goals on their first two drives and the defense held the Golden Bears scoreless for the first 30 minutes. The highlight of the night came in the first half when junior Devin Culp hurdled a defender on his way to picking up a first down.
CULP's got hops ????? @_DevinCulp_
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The Huskies are 6-2 for the first time since 2018 following their first road win since beating Stanford on Oct. 30, 2021. They are on a bye next week before hosting Oregon State on Friday, Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m.