When it was over, John Donovan tucked his playsheet into the back of his pants, grimaced and jogged toward the tunnel, away from the misery he oversaw in the hours prior. Trent McDuffie and Bookie Radley-Hiles stood in place and stared across the field at the players who punked the Washington Huskies on Saturday night, their celebration lighting up Husky Stadium’s southeast corner.
Maybe they wanted to remember the feeling. Maybe they just couldn’t believe it.
Ranked No. 20 nationally, loaded with blue-chip talent, geeked about playing in front of their fans for the first time since 2019, the Huskies turned a paycheck game into the most embarrassing, inexcusable defeat in program history.
They lost to Montana.
They scored seven points.
They play at Michigan next week.
They are in monumental trouble, their season effectively wrecked on the day it began.
“We’ve definitely got to be way better than that, that’s for sure,” said second-year head coach Jimmy Lake, whose first full season now will develop beneath maximum scrutiny after losing 13-7 at home to an FCS opponent, the first such defeat in program history. “Those guys know that. We didn’t run the ball well enough. We didn’t throw the ball well enough. We didn’t protect well enough. We had some opportunities with short fields … and to come away with no points is unacceptable.”