SEATTLE (Michigan News Source) – In their first real big test of the year, Michigan State was out played from the beginning of the game as Washington handed the Spartans their first loss of the year, 39-28. Washington started with a 22-0 lead before MSU found the end zone.
“We had a lot of support out here today (in Washington) and we really appreciate that and it’s a shame we didn’t come out and play good football today. There are no excuses or explanations. We give Washington the credit. They were very well coached and out played us in all three phases. We learned a lot from it. We are going to show up for work tomorrow and we are going to have a better football team next week,” says head football coach Mel Tucker.
On Saturday night prime time television, MSU failed to play their best as the defense gave up 503 yards of offense led by former Indiana quarterback Michael Penix, Jr. He torched the defense for 397 yards passing and four touchdowns. Passes came from eight yards, 19-yards, 17-yards, and 53-yards.
Washington had control of the entire game. They went up, 7-0, with 11 minutes left in the first quarter and then posted a safety with 1:07 left for a 9-0 lead. A one-yard run and 19-yard pass in the second quarter gave the Huskies complete control with a 22-0 lead. MSU scored just before the half on a Payton Thorne to Keon Coleman seven-yard pass but the defense collapsed in the final minute. Washington found the end zone just before half on a 17-yard pass to make it 29-8 at the half.
Thorne found Tre Mosley with 11:59 on the clock in the third quarter from 26-yards out for the second touchdown of the game. Just 57 seconds later, Washington had a 53-yard pass for a touchdown making it 36-14. A Huskies field goal gave them their largest lead of 25-points, 39-14, with 6:51 left in the game. MSU scored twice in the final seven minutes to pull within 11 but came no closer.
Thorne threw for 323 yards and three touchdowns with one interception while getting sacked twice. MSU had just 42 yards rushing as Elijah Collins recorded the lone rushing touchdown.
MSU opens Big Ten play next Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in Spartan Stadium hosting Minnesota.