Going up against Alabama, Washington’s Jake Browning needed to play almost a perfect game to give his team a chance at winning. That didn’t happen.
Down by three points, deep in his own territory near the end of the first half, Browning committed a cardinal sin for quarterbacks. He was pressured immediately and threw a weak pass to the outside.
Alabama linebacker Ryan Anderson happily gobbled up the ill-conceived pass, bounced off the would-be receiver and went for six points.
A made extra point gave ‘Bama a 17-7 lead just like that, and Washington ended the first half with a whimper.