Making a statement, Washington defeats No. 11 Michigan St 39–28.

Washington defeated No. 11 Michigan State 39-28 on Saturday night to firmly establish itself as a Pac-12 contender. Michael Penix Jr. passed for 397 yards and four touchdowns.

In a primetime national spotlight, Penix was outstanding for three quarters, demonstrating that the Huskies' (3-0) rebuild under Kalen DeBoer is moving 

more quickly than anticipated. Washington had a 29-8 halftime advantage and a 36-14 third-quarter advantage.

Penix came close to recording the eighth 400-yard throwing game in Washington history by completing 24 of his 40 throws. 

In the first half, he was at his peak, completing 18 of 24 passes for 278 yards, helping Washington score on four of its five possessions.

In terms of passing yards and touchdowns, it was Penix's second-best day in his career, only falling short of his 491 passing yards 

and five touchdowns versus Ohio State in 2020 as a member of Indiana.

Since defeating Michigan to start the 2001 season, Washington had not previously defeated a rated Power Five non conference foe at home.