SAN ANTONIO (KXAN) — The Washington Huskies rang up 445 yards of offense and kept the Texas Longhorns rushing attack at bay in a 27-20 win in the 2022 Alamo Bowl on Thursday at the Alamodome.

The Huskies came into the game with the nation’s best passing offense, but it was the running attack that allowed Washington to take control of the game. The Huskies rushed for 158 yards on 28 carries, led by Wayne Taulapapa’s 108 yards on 14 carries that included a 42-yard touchdown in the first half.

Washington ran 83 plays to Texas’ 65 and held a big advantage in time of possession. The Huskies had the ball for 35:46 while the Longhorns had it for 24:14. The Huskies held the Longhorns to 51 rushing yards on 18 carries. Texas was without its two best backs, All-American Bijan Robinson and Roschon Johnson. Both opted out of the game to prepare for the NFL Draft but were on the sideline in street clothes with the team.

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Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. threw for 287 yards on 32-for-54 passing with two touchdowns and an interception. For the Longhorns, Quinn Ewers completed 31-of-47 passes for 369 yards and a touchdown. Casey Cain caught four passes for 108 yards for the Longhorns, including a 49-yard pass play on the last play of the game.

For the Longhorns, it was a game of missed opportunities. Whether it was not converting on third downs with less than five yards to gain or dropped passes, the Longhorns just couldn’t get the one or two more plays it needed to push them over the edge.

“We had some really makeable third downs early in the game that we didn’t make,” Longhorns coach Steve Sarkisian said. “We could have capitalized on those and extended drives, but in the end, I was proud of our guys for fighting and giving us a chance at the end, but we just didn’t play good enough tonight.”

Texas was 6-for-15 on third down, and conversely, Washington sustained drives of 10, 16, 13 and 14 plays throughout the game and scored on all of them. The Huskies were 11-for-20 on third down, and Sarkisian said that coupled with not being able to establish the run game was critical to the outcome.

“We knew we were going to throw the ball a little more tonight and had more than enough confidence in everyone to do that,” Sarkisian said. “I felt like we had runs there early, but it was just spotty. When we got a couple of runs, it felt good, but we just didn’t quite get the rhythm. I would have liked to have run the ball better than we did, no question.”

Texas sophomore wide receiver Xavier Worthy, typically sure-handed, dropped what would have been a touchdown pass with 5:13 left in the third quarter. Ewers put a deep ball down the middle to him perfectly, and when Worthy was in the process of bringing the ball into his body, his knee popped the bottom of the ball and it squirted away. Worthy had two steps on the nearest Washington defender and there was nothing but turf in front of him.

Worthy ended the game with 84 yards in seven catches.

Washington extended a drive into the fourth quarter with a fourth-and-2 conversion when it looked like they were going to punt it away. The Huskies lined up to put late in the third quarter, but then shifted into what Sarkisian and the coaching staff thought was a fake punt formation. Texas had to burn a timeout because the coaches didn’t like the defensive call, and that gave Washington coach Kalen DeBoer a little more time to think about it. Out of the timeout, DeBoer called for a Penix Jr., quarterback sneak to get the first down and extend the drive.

Penix Jr. then hit Jalen McMillan on an 8-yard pass for a touchdown to cap a 14-play, 90-yard drive and give the Huskies a 27-10 lead early in the fourth quarter.

The Longhorns stooped the Huskies on down with 4:21 left in the game down 27-17, and Ewers took them down the field to set up a Bert Auburn 25-yard field goal with 1:40 left to draw Texas within a score at 27-20. Washington recovered the onside kick attempt and bled the clock to 0:42 before punting. Texas had a couple of last-gasp attempts to move the ball but couldn’t.

Jonathan Brooks scored on a 34-yard pass from Ewers early in the third quarter to cut the Huskies’ lead to 13-10 and he added a rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter.

For Texas, the season ends at 8-5 and miles ahead of last season’s 5-7 record. Sarkisian said he’s optimistic about the direction of the team because the culture has changed and what this year’s senior class has done to help that.

“I think we’re making really good progress, and the key step we need to take is to improve going into Year 3,” Sarkisian said. “What this senior class has done won’t go unnoticed. We have a lot of love for them we appreciate what they’ve done for us.”

Game log

FINAL: Washington 27, Texas 20.

Texas got a stop, but Washington will run it down to 0:42 on 4th down and take a delay of game penalty. Huskies to punt it away.

1:40 4Q: FIELD GOAL TEXAS – Auburn hits a 25-yard field goal and the Longhorns are going to have to recover an onside kick to keep hope alive. Huskies 27, Longhorns 20

Ewers with a nice scramble down to the UW 14-yard line. Texas 1st-and-10 with 2:31 left

4:21 4Q: Texas gets a turnover on downs and takes over at their own 37, but they don’t have a ton of time and need multiple scores.

9:50 4Q: TOUCHDOWN TEXAS – Brooks caps an 11-play drive with a 3-yard TD. PAT good. 11 plays, 74 yards, 3:11. Ewers was 6-for-8 for 61 yards on the drive. Huskies 27, Longhorns 17

13:08 4Q: TOUCHDOWN WASHINGTON – Penix Jr. didn’t put it in an easy place for Jalen McMillan to catch it, but he hauled it in anyway for an 8-yard touchdown. PAT good. 14 plays, 90 yards, 6:57. Huskies 27, Longhorns 10

End 3Q: Huskies 20, Longhorns 10. Washington was lined up to punt on a 4th-and-2 play, but after Texas called a timeout, the Huskies changed their mind and flipped a pass to tight end Devin Culp for 9 yards and a conversion. Huskies have the ball 1st-and-10 on the Texas 27

5:13 3Q: Worthy had a touchdown in his sight … and he dropped the pass. Brutal mistake and Texas has to punt. Deflating.

6:44 3Q: TOUCHDOWN WASHINGTON – Penix Jr. to Taj Davis for a 6-yard TD. PAT good. 13 plays, 75 yards, 5:47. Huskies 20, Longhorns 10

12:31 3Q: TOUCHDOWN TEXAS– Ewers slides a pass out to Jonathan Brooks and he takes it to the house from 34 yards out. Brooks went untouched down the sideline. PAT good. 7 plays, 75 yards, 2:29. Huskies 13, Longhorns 10

Halftime: Huskies 13, Longhorns 3. Huskies outgaining Texas 227-144 including 88-18 on the ground. Washington is 5-for-10 on 3rd down.

Announced attendance at 62,730, the highest Alamo Bowl attendance since 2015

End 2Q: FIELD GOAL WASHINGTON – Henry chips in a 24-yard field goal as time expires and Washington takes a 13-3 lead over Texas into the locker room. Texas rushed for 18 yards on 10 carries and Washington was 5-for-10 on 3rd down

0:03 2Q: On 3rd-and-goal from the 6, Penix Jr. rifles a pass but it goes through the arms of Rome Odunze.

0:22 2Q: Texas calls its first timeout of the half and Washington has it 2nd-and-6 on the Texas 13.

3:00 2Q: Washington is driving after a 12-yard run by Taulapapa and the Huskies have it at midfield

6:28 2Q: JT Sanders left all alone and it’s an easy toss from Ewers for a 17-yard gain

9:25 2Q: Keilan Robinson ran for 9 yards on 2 carries, but then got stuffed on 3rd down and Texas had to punt. Washington’s run defense has been great so far.

11:13 2Q: Texas gets it back after a running into the kicker penalty and will take over on their own 17.

14:00 2Q: Texas goes playaction on 4th-and-1 and Ewers flat out misses his receiver. Threw it low and behind the intended receiver. Huskies get it back on downs at their own 37

End 1Q: Huskies 10, Longhorns 3. Texas simply can’t run the ball right now, gaining just nine yards on seven attempts, but they are throwing it. Ewers is 8-for-12 with 89 yards with Xavier Worthy hauling in three passes for 37 yards.

3:17 1Q: TOUCHDOWN WASHINGTON – The Huskies gain 42 of their 46 total rush yards on a touchdown run by Wayne Taulapapa. He made a cut at the point of attack, burst through the hole and then used a stiff arm to shrug off a defender and sprint to the end zone. 10 plays, 88 yards, 4:30. Huskies 10, Longhorns 3

7:52 1Q: FIELD GOAL TEXAS – Bert Auburn hits from 30 yards. 9 plays, 78 yards, 3:46. We’re all tied up. Longhorns 3, Huskies 3

On 4th-and-1, Casey Cain lines up in the backfield and sneaks away from everyone. Ewers finds him for 27 yards and sets up Texas in the red zone

11:14 1Q: Quinn Ewers completes his first pass to Xavier Worthy for a gain of 18.

11:44 1Q: FIELD GOAL WASHINGTON – Peyton Henry knocks a 47-yard kick through the uprights and they get some points after the blocked punt. Huskies 3, Longhorns 0

12:49 1Q: Texas goes 3-and-out on its first drive and has the punt blocked. Washington’s Edefuan Ulofoshio gets his hands on the kick and the Huskies take over on the Texas 30

14:01 1Q: Penix Jr. is picked off Jerrin Thompson and the Longhorns will take over at their own 27

14:53 1Q: Washington goes to the bag of tricks on the first play with a flea flicker. Penix Jr. hits Ja’Lynn Polk for 35 yards. This is already fun.

15:00 1Q: Texas wins the coin toss and defers its option to the second half. Washington will receive the opening kickoff.

7:55 p.m. – We’re about 15 minutes away from the kickoff of the 2022 Alamo Bowl. The Longhorn Band is currently playing “The Eyes of Texas” in their Bevo XV formation. We’ll be playing some football here soon. As you might expect, there’s a lot of burnt orange with a little bit of purple here in the stands.

How to watch, listen and stream the 2022 Valero Alamo Bowl

8 p.m. CT, Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas

TV: ESPN (Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic). Check your listings.

Streaming: Watch ESPN (Sign in with your TV provider’s credentials). If you subscribe to a web-based cable service like Sling, Fubo, DirecTV Stream, etc., check your listings.

Radio: 104.9FM The Horn (Craig Way, Roger Wallace, Will Matthews), ESPN Radio