Washington Dominates Arkansas State, 52-3, in First Win of 2021

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Seattle, WA – The Washington Huskies (1-2) finally found their offensive groove in a 52-3 blowout of the Arkansas State Red Wolves (1-2) on Saturday, September 18, 2021.

Entering the game, the Huskies and second-year head coach Jimmy Lake needed to answer the swirling questions surrounding the program after a disappointing 0-2 start, which had not occurred for Washington since the dismal 0-12 season of 2008. 

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The top concern for the team entering Saturday’s matchup was the offense. The Huskies tallied just 17 total points through the first two weeks with a single touchdown per game. 

Following an initial three-and-out drive to start the game against the Red Wolves, the Huskies finally showed the scoring potential fans had hoped to see. 

Quarterback Dylan Morris opened the scoring onslaught for Washington with a 13-yard touchdown pass to tight end Cade Otton, who entered the game ranked 6th all-time for the Huskies in career receptions by a tight end. 

Morris would later find receivers Jalen McMillan and Terrell Bynum for two additional touchdown strikes of 33 and 42 yards, respectively – giving him three scores on the day to go along with 367 yards through the air on 23-of-39 attempts and a single interception. 

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McMillan finished the game with 175 yards and ten receptions to go along with the touchdown. 

The Huskies struggled to run the ball against both Montana and Michigan but established complete control of the trenches in this one with help from a committee of running backs. 

Richard Newton, the starting throughout the season thus far, led the way with 55 yards on ten attempts and a touchdown. But it was senior Sean McGrew, seeing the field for the first time in 2021, who left the biggest impression for the Huskies rushers, earning two touchdowns and 31 yards on just six carries. Kamari Pleasant and Cameron Davis also added to the Huskies’ 208 total rush yards on the day, gaining 48 and 27 yards on 8 and 7 carries each. 

In all, the Huskies tallied 598 yards of total offense with more than seven yards per play and nearly tripled their scoring output from the first two weeks. 

The stout Washington defense may not have commanded the same level of attention as their offensive counterparts, but they gave the talented Arkansas State offense no room to work all day long. 

After pitching a near three-quarter shutout, broken only by a Blake Grupe field goal with less than three minutes remaining in the third, the Huskies would add two fourth-quarter turnovers to their body of work, including a 72-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown and an interception returned for 34 yards in the final minutes of play.  

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The Arkansas State Red Wolves have given up more than 50 points in back-to-back weeks and will look to rally in their visit to Tulsa (0-3) next week. 

The Huskies, meanwhile, hope to carry their momentum into their Pac-12 season opener next week at home against the California Golden Bears (1-2).