Washington Huskies trail 17-10 in National Championship at half, struggle to stop Michigan run game

2024 CFP National Championship - Michigan v Washington
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The National Championship game has been a pulsating clash between two undefeated teams, showcasing both offensive prowess and defensive challenges in a gripping contest.

In the first quarter, No. 1 Michigan set the tone with an 84-yard touchdown drive, capitalizing on Washington's gap integrity lapses, highlighted by Donovan Edwards' explosive rushes.

Michigan's dominance continued into the second quarter with their rushing game amassing a staggering 174 yards, maintaining control with another field goal extending their lead to 17-3. Despite flashes of brilliance in Washington's offensive play, penalties and missed opportunities created setbacks, and left them trailing by two possessions.

Michael Penix Jr., the Heisman runner-up, struggled to find his rhythm, facing pressure and exhibiting signs of indecision. Nevertheless, the Huskies managed to chip away at Michigan's lead with a touchdown from Jalen McMillan, bringing the score to a more manageable 17-10.

Washington Huskies trail 17-10 at half, struggle to stop Michigan run game

The game has been characterized by Michigan's relentless rushing attack exploiting defensive gaps, while Washington grapples with injuries and offensive inconsistency. Penalties and missed chances marred what could have been more promising drives for the Huskies, keeping them within striking distance but needing adjustments to turn the tide in their favor.

Despite adversity, the Huskies' response has been swift, showcasing resilience despite injury concerns sidelining RB Dillon Johnson and CB Jabbar Muhammad temporarily.

As the halftime break arrives, the stage is set for a thrilling second half as both teams aim to capitalize on their strengths and address critical weaknesses to claim the prestigious championship title.