The Washington Huskies may have come up short against the Oregon Ducks on Saturday as they high-flying Ducks’ offense pulled away in the fourth quarter for the 10th straight win by 17 points or more. Despite the ugly end result, there was plenty to like about the effort from Washington who went step for step with the Ducks well into the second half. One of the stars for UW was running back Bishop Sankey, who continues to prove himself as one of the best backs in the country.
Sankey entered the game as the No. 4 running back in college football, averaging 146.4 yards per game this season. He didn’t miss a beat against the Ducks, rushing for 167 yards on 28 carries and punching it into the endzone twice on the afternoon. His day was highlighted by a 60-yard scamper for six when he broke away on a fourth-and-one play on the opening drive of the second half. He was quick to the hole and churned out some tough runs all day long and broke off a number of big gains.
Most impressive is the resilience that Sankey showed during the day. He struggled early in the game, averaging less than three yards per carry in the first half with a fumble that resulted in seven points for Oregon the other way. He didn’t let that bog him down in the second half, however, as he broke away in the second half and gave Washington a fighting chance to hang with the Ducks for a while.
While Washington still has some work to do to become an elite program in the Pac 12, there’s no denying the high-level of play from Bishop Sankey. He has been one of the most complete running backs in the country week in and week out as he continues to pace this excellent Washington offense.