Texas vs. Washington score and live game tracker: Jalen McMillan TD puts Huskies back in front

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Texas vs. Washington score and live game tracker: Jalen McMillan TD puts Huskies back in front

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Washington leads Texas early in third quarter

Fun fact

Of the 20 College Football Playoff semifinal games, this is the first to be tied at halftime.

Texas is a 2.5-point favorite

With the game tied at halftime, Texas is a 2.5-point favorite in the live odds at BetMGM. The Longhorns were favored by 3.5 points before the game, so this is only a minor move.

Meanwhile, the total is on pace to go way over. With 42 combined points, the Longhorns and Huskies are 20 more combined points away from hitting the pregame over (61.5). The live total is now at 72.5 points. Will we see 30 more points in this game?

Halftime: Washington 21, Texas 21

It’s been an offensive showcase in the second CFP semifinal of the night. Freshman CJ Baxter has stepped up for the Longhorns, recording 53 yards on seven runs.

Washington is leaning on its passing game. Ja’Lynn Polk has 106 receiving yards in the first half while Rome Odunze has 84 yards himself.

Texas star WR has yet to make a major impact

Texas wide receiver Xavier Worthy has 1 catch for 7 yards at halftime. Adonai Mitchell has no catches, no targets. JT Sanders hadn’t done much until that final drive of the first half, either. And yet it’s a 21-21 ballgame. Pretty impressive job by Texas to hang in this game despite just 97 passing yards in the first half.

Texas ties it at 21

Touchdown. CJ Baxter up the middle. Clutch drive by the Longhorns in the final minute of the first half. It’s 21-21.

Washington takes a 21-14 lead in the second quarter

Touchdown Washington. Ja’Lynn Polk catches that 29-yard pass on the deflection in the end zone. Washington’s receivers have been so fun to watch tonight. And Penix has thrown for 255 yards on 11 passes.

Tip drill

Earlier this year, Washington WRs coach JaMarcus Shephard told The Athletic this about his group of star receivers: “This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience with this kind of group all together.” Watching this Husky offense, it would be hard to argue otherwise. On any given play, they’re a home-run threat. Example: Ja’Lynn Polk stays with a pass he deflected up in the air and runs under it for a touchdown.

Huskies convert on fourth down

Love the call there by Kalen DeBoer to go for it on 4th-and-1 at Washington’s 33. The Huskies’ offensive line won the Joe Moore Award for a reason. DeBoer trusted that group and it delivered, getting a great push up the middle to convert the fourth down.

An interesting stat

Washington hasn’t had a game decided by more than 10 points since Sept. 23. Looking like that trend could continue…

Huskies have won games in a variety of ways

Even though the Huskies are 13-0, most games haven’t exactly been relaxing. Washington has found various ways to win, and while it has been the better team this first half, a special teams turnover and getting stuffed on fourth-and-1 deep in Texas territory has given the Longhorns the momentum. So many what-ifs in big games like this and so far UW has two more than Texas.

Bend but don’t break

Great short-yardage stand there by the Texas front, something we’ve seen plenty of this year. On third-and-1, linebacker David Gbenda shot through a gap to wrap up on a tackle and force fourth-and-1, which Byron Murphy blew up to cause a turnover on downs in the red zone.

Another Playoff game, another big special teams moment

Washington, like Michigan earlier, muffed a punt in its own territory. Huskies will be happy if the end result matches the Wolverines, though.

Anddd touchdown Texas. The Longhorns capitalize on a drive created by a muffed punt to tie this one up once again. Byron Murphy ran in the 1-yard score.

Anything you can do (I can do better)

If you like Washington’s fullback dive, Texas just topped it by sending in 6-foot-1, 308-pound DT Byron Murphy II and giving him the rock for a 1-yard touchdown. Sark used that same double DT package in the Big 12 title game and threw it to T’Vondre Sweat for this score. This time, Murphy gets his shot. It’s 14-14.

Both teams have tricks up their sleeves

If you’re a fan of points and offensive coaches who are deeply in their bag of tricks, the Sugar Bowl is the game for you. Washington goes up 14-7 on essentially a fullback dive to Dillon Johnson. These are two of the absolute best offenses in college football when it comes to pre-snap motion and confusion. Huskies retake the lead after a few very impressive throws by Penix and some well-executed red zone rushing

Touchdown Washington

Dillon Johnson runs in his second TD of the night to give the Huskies the 14-7 edge.

Michael Penix Jr. has excellent footwork

One thing Michael Penix Jr. is terrific at is resetting his feet when he’s under pressure. He did it there late in the first quarter, scrambling to his right, twisting back left to plant his feet and delivered a strike to Rome Odunze up the middle for a 24-yard gain. It’s those types of plays that make him so hard to contain even if you do pressure Penix, which Texas did on that play.

End of first quarter: Washington 7, Texas 7

Washington’s offense is rolling early. Michael Penix Jr. already has 138 (!) passing yards on his five pass completions of seven attempts.

This game has big shoes to fill

We spent all week talking about how there was no way the Alabama-Michigan game could be better than the Texas-Washington game.

I wouldn’t be shocked if it fills them.

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