Expectations were sky-high for No. 20 Washington entering the 2021 season. It took all of one game for it all to come crashing down.
Year 2 of the Jimmy Lake era opened with a horrendous 13-7 loss to Montana, an FCS team. It was just a brutal performance from the Huskies offensively. Montana’s historic moment marked the first FCS upset over a ranked FBS opponent since 2016, when North Dakota State went into Iowa City and beat No. 13 Iowa.
Washington scored a touchdown on its first possession but would never score again.
After that opening possession, UW punted five times, turned it over on downs twice, missed a field goal and tossed two interceptions. Dylan Morris’ second interception came in Montana territory in the final seconds, to seal a mammoth upset.
All the while, Montana chipped away.Washington’s lead was 7-3 after the first quarter, and it remained that way all the way into the fourth quarter. That’s when Washington’s defense could no longer account for the offense’s ineptitude.
The Grizzlies surged ahead on a four-yard touchdown run by quarterback Cam Humphrey, a native of the Seattle area.
It gave Montana a 10-7 lead with 10:35 to play, and Humphrey’s touchdown would prove to be the winning score.
Washington just could not get anything going. Washington couldn’t establish any sort of run game, so the Grizzlies dared Morris to beat them through the air. He couldn’t do it. Morris finished the night 27-of-46 for 226 yards and three interceptions.
Montana hung around just long enough and avoided mistakes offensively. And on this night, it was the recipe for an upset.