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Washington Huskies salvage 33-30 win over Utah

Washington quarterback Jake Browning (3) throws a pass to Lavon Coleman for a 6-yard touchdown against Utah during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, in Seattle. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)
Washington quarterback Jake Browning (3) throws a pass to Lavon Coleman for a 6-yard touchdown against Utah during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, in Seattle. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)

SEATTLE – Tristan Vizcaino hit a 38-yard field goal as time expired and No. 16 Washington scored 10 points in the final 58 seconds to stun Utah 33-30 on Saturday night.

Washington (9-2, 6-2 Pac-12, No. 18 CFP) pulled even at 30-all on Myles Gaskin’s 2-yard TD run with 58 seconds remaining. After Utah punted, Washington got the ball back with 29 seconds at its own 28. Washington QB Jake Browning hit Dante Pettis for 18 yards to near midfield, and then the big play was a 31-yard strike to Andre Baccellia to the Utah 22 with 8 seconds left. Washington took one shot at the end zone that was incomplete before Vizcaino made his second field goal of the game. Vizcaino had missed from 30 yards and missed an extra point.

Browning was 26-of-35 passing for 354 yards and two touchdowns while Gaskin had two TD runs.

Utah’s Tyler Huntley threw for 293 yards and two touchdowns, ran for another 48 yards and a touchdown, and his big second half had the Utes (5-6, 2-6) in position for an upset and bowl eligibility.

Browning was even better in the closing minutes.

Washington took possession with 2:03 left at its own 39. Browning misfired on his first three passes, but on fourth down he found Baccellia for 14 yards. Browning then hit his next four throws, including a 28-yard strike to Will Dissly to the Utah 2. Gaskin scored on the next play, and the extra point tied it.

After Utah went three-and-out, Utes coach Kyle Whittingham called timeout with 23 seconds left after Gaskin was stopped on a 2-yard run. Browning hit the next two throws, and Utah was left walking off with a shocking loss.

The night appeared to be a complete thud for Washington. The Huskies lost out on a chance to repeat as Pac-12 North champions earlier Saturday night when Stanford held off California, knocking them out of the division race. The best Washington can do now is complete a second straight 10-win season and more importantly end rival Washington State’s hopes for the Pac-12 North title.

If the Cougars beat the Huskies next Saturday, Washington State plays in the Pac-12 title game. If the Huskies win, then it’s Stanford.


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