UW notebook: Huskies' runners rack up historic numbers

Staff writerNovember 23, 2013 

The Washington Huskies helped redshirt freshman quarterback Cyler Miles through his first college start Saturday by unleashing the second-best rushing performance in school history.

Six Washington ballcarriers combined for 530 yards in a 69-27 victory over Oregon State. The only better UW ground attack came in 1996, when the Huskies rushed for 559 yards against San Jose State.

As the rushing total ticked upward Saturday, individual achievements went up with it.

Leading the way was Bishop Sankey, who continued his way up the UW record book with 179 yards and three touchdowns.

His rushing touchdowns moved him to 34 in his UW career, matching Napoleon Kaufman’s school record.

He also moved to 1,575 yards on the season, passing Chris Polk (2011) for second on UW’s single-season list. The record is held by Corey Dillon, who ran for 1,695 yards in 1996. Sankey is on pace to take the single-season record, as yards from bowl games count toward the total.

Sankey also moved up to 3,201 career yards rushing, passing Joe Steele for third place on the school list.

The UW career rushing record is 4,106 yards, held by Kaufman (1991-94).

Meanwhile, Deontae Cooper’s 68-yard run in the third quarter was the longest UW run of the season. That lasted until his 70-yarder in the fourth quarter. And that lasted only until Dwayne Washington ended UW’s scoring with a 71-yard touchdown run.

Cooper ended with 166 yards, and Washington was just behind at 141 yards.

ROSS ON DEFENSE

Washington coach Steve Sarkisian has been looking for new ways to get freshman John Ross more involved, and on Saturday he found one.

Ross added cornerback work to his previous duties of receiving and returning kicks and punts.

Ross had shown his versatility at Jordan High School in Long Beach, Calif., playing wide receiver and cornerback while also returning kicks and punts. Also a sprinter on the track team, he was ranked as the No. 14 “athlete” recruit in the nation by MaxPreps.com.

Over the first 10 games this season, Ross had 15 catches for 201 yards. He also returned a team-high 25 kickoffs for a 19.7-yard average, and four punts for a 5.3-yard average.

On Saturday, he launched the Huskies by returning the opening kickoff 62 yards. He caught one pass for 7 yards.

Ross also made his college defensive debut, being used primarily in third-down passing situations.

The defensive duties also forced a uniform number change. Ross, who normally wears No. 1, switched to No. 11 to avoid conflict with UW safety Sean Parker, who wears No. 1.

EXTRA POINTS

Washington (7-4) clinched a winning regular-season record. ... Marcus Peters’ two interceptions marked the first time a Husky had multiple picks in one game since 2006. ... UW scored 24 points off four OSU turnovers. On the season, the Huskies have converted 15 of 20 turnovers into points. ... Announced attendance at Reser Stadium was 43,779. Fewer than half seemed to stick around past halftime, when UW led, 27-0. ... Washington got its first conference road win of the season. ... UW’s regular season ends at 12:30 p.m. Friday against Washington State at Husky Stadium.

don.ruiz@thenewstribune.com

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