Sankey Chasing UW History: Week 11

Saturday’s 69-27 blowout at Oregon State was enormous for Bishop Sankey‘s quest to break the Husky single-season rushing record. With 169 yards on 27 carries during his abbreviated evening — two backups, Deontae Cooper and Dwayne Washington, cracked the century mark in relief — Sankey moved into second place on the UW single-season list behind Corey Dillon:

Player             Year   Yards   YPG
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Corey Dillon       1996   1695   141.3
BISHOP SANKEY      2013   1575   143.2
Chris Polk         2011   1488   114.5
Bishop Sankey      2012   1439   110.7
Greg Lewis         1990   1407   117.3
Napoleon Kaufman   1994   1390   126.4
Napoleon Kaufman   1993   1299   118.1

But Sankey is now all alone on top through 11 games, the traditional NCAA regular season:

Player             Year   Yards   YPG
--------------------------------------
BISHOP SANKEY      2013   1575   143.2
Corey Dillon       1996   1555   141.4
Napoleon Kaufman   1994   1390   126.4
Napoleon Kaufman   1993   1299   118.1
Greg Lewis         1990   1279   116.3
Chris Polk         2011   1241   112.8
Bishop Sankey      2012   1150   104.5

The chart shows Sankey (in purple) ahead of the pace set by Dillon (the top gray line) and anyone else in UW history.

UW rushing leaders

With a bowl game likely on tap, having rushed for at least 189 yards in every two-game stretch this season, Sankey is a near-lock to break Dillon’s record. The more interesting question is whether he can get there in next Friday’s Apple Cup and match Dillon in an equivalent number of games. He’ll need 120 yards to do so, a mark he’s surpassed eight times in 11 outings this season.

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