SEATTLE - The kids are all right.
Sophomores Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Bishop Sankey again had big nights, and Washington became bowl eligible with a 34-15 win over Utah on Saturday night at a chilly CenturyLink Field in front of 60,050 people.
Washington (6-4, 4-3) honored 11 seniors prior to its final home game, but it was again the youngsters pulling the weight for the Huskies on the way to their third consecutive win.
Seferian-Jenkins continued to move his name up in the Washington record book. He made seven catches Saturday to run his season total to 55 and set the single-season receptions record for tight ends, breaking Jerramy Stevens’ mark of 48 set in 2000. Seferian-Jenkins also became the all-time leader in receptions by a tight end at Washington when he caught a seven-yard pass for his 96th career reception. That snapped Mark Bruener’s record of 95.
Sankey, meanwhile, kept on trucking. He carried a career-high 36 times for 162 yards and two touchdowns a week after carrying 29 times. He has 1,017 rushing yards on the season and is the 10th Washington running back to crack that mark.
Stout defense and Utah turnovers helped Washington, too. When Jamaal Kearse recovered a muffed punt by Charles Henderson, Washington took over in prime position to solidify its lead. The Huskies needed only four plays – two of which were completions to Seferian-Jenkins – to go 46 yards and up 27-15 when Sankey ran into the left side of the end zone from two yards out with 1:56 left in the third quarter. It was the first time this season Washington scored more than 21 points against an FBS opponent.
Sankey capped the scoring when he powered in from four yards out to put Washington in front 34-15 with 4:34 left and seal the game.
Washington defensive tackle Danny Shelton and linebacker John Timu stuffed Utah running back John White when Utah went for it on fourth-and-1 at its own 41-yard line on the opening drive of the second half.
The Huskies took over and quickly turned the momentum from the stop into points when Keith Price (24-for-33, a season-high 277 yards, two touchdowns) hit DiAndre Campbell with a 9-yard touchdown pass to vault Washington into a 21-8 lead with 10:13 left in the third quarter.
Utah (4-6, 2-5) climbed back into the game when White scored a 20-yard touchdown two plays after Timu was hurt and needed help off the field. Timu hit helmet-to-helmet with Shelton. At first, a cart was brought out for Timu, who was face down on the field. He eventually sat up and walked slowly off. Last season, Timu was taken off the field by an ambulance after suffering a “stinger” to his neck. He later returned.
Without Timu and Desmond Trufant off the field for the next two plays, Utah was able to quickly move into the end zone behind White and cut Washington’s lead to 21-15 with 6:06 left in the third quarter. Trufant sat out much of the second half.
Price scrambled, extended the ball with one hand and leaped into the end zone to put the Huskies in front 14-8 with 2:16 left in the first half. A 47-yard connection between Price and freshman wide receiver Jaydon Mickens, who dropped a long pass last week against Cal, set the Huskies up with goal-to-go from the 4-yard line. Sankey was stuffed and Price threw high to Seferian-Jenkins before scoring his first rushing touchdown of the season.
Timu’s second interception of the year set up the drive. He picked off Travis Wilson’s pass over the middle at the Washington 23-yard line to snuff out the Utah drive. The Utes had just five first downs and just 119 total yards at the half.
The Huskies offense slogged through the first quarter, but scored early in the second when Price hit Kasen Williams with an 8-yard touchdown pass. Williams barely kept his toe inbounds at the back of the end zone for the score with 11:28 left in the half to pull Washington within 8-7. During the drive, Seferian-Jenkins caught a 17-yard pass to set the single-season reception records for Washington’s tight end.
That wasn’t all that was notable about Seferian-Jenkins’ day. He made several appearances at defensive end, which he played in high school at Gig Harbor, primarily on third down.
Washington thought it was off the field after a dropped pass on third-and-9 midway through the first quarter, but a personal foul for unnecessary roughness was called on Huskies safety Justin Glenn after he bumped Utah receiver Luke Matthews.
Two plays later, White was loose on his way to a 46-yard touchdown. Utah tight end Jake Murphy rushed the ball in for a two-point conversion and the Utes led 8-0 with 5:37 left in the first quarter.
Washington honored 11 seniors prior to the game: Nate Fellner, Anthony Gobern, Adam Long, Drew Schaefer, Jonathan Amosa, Cody Bruns, Talia Crichton, Desmond Trufant, Justin Glenn, Semisi Tokolahi and Cole Sager. ... Walk-on Drew Schultz made his first career start on the defensive line because of an injury to Talia Crichton. It was only the second game Schultz, a sophomore, has appeared in. His first action came against Portland State in week 3 this season. ... Temperature at gametime was 38 degrees, the coldest game of the year for Washington. ... Mark Jerue was Saturday’s Husky Legend.