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
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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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Sankey Chasing Husky History: Week 9

It’s been a few weeks since we’ve looked at Washington running back Bishop Sankey‘s quest to break the Husky single-season rushing record. After piling up 143 yards in Saturday’s lopsided win over Colorado, Sankey is just eight yards back of Napoleon Kaufman (1994) for the most yards by a Washington running back through nine weeks:

Player             Year  Yards   YPG
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Napoleon Kaufman   1994   1313   145.9
BISHOP SANKEY      2013   1305   145.0
Greg Lewis         1990   1229   136.6
Corey Dillon       1996   1178   130.9
Chris Polk         2011   1096   121.8

Sankey should surpass Kaufman next week; Kaufman sprained an ankle during Week 10 and ran for just 11 yards. (He picked up 77 yards the remainder of the season, since the NCAA regular season was 11 games back then and the Huskies were prohibited from a bowl game.) But the Week 10 record Kaufman is chasing actually belongs to Corey Dillon, who vaulted into first place with 222 yards in the first quarter of a midseason non-conference game against San Jose State. Sankey needs 95 yards to stay ahead of Dillon through Week 10. You can see Dillon’s surge as the top line on the chart, with Sankey (in purple) nearly identical to Kaufman’s 1994 season.

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Sankey’s total yardage currently ranks seventh in UW single-season history, but he’s got a realistic chance to finish Friday night as high as third if he rushes for 134 yards:

Player             Year  Yards    YPG
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Corey Dillon       1996   1695   141.3
Chris Polk         2011   1488   114.5
Bishop Sankey      2012   1439   110.7
Chris Polk         2010   1415   108.8
Greg Lewis         1990   1407   117.3
Napoleon Kaufman   1994   1390   126.4
BISHOP SANKEY      2013   1305   145.0

He also remains slightly ahead of Dillon’s pace, which if maintained would allow him to set the single-season record without the benefit of the extra game the Huskies will likely play this season with a bowl appearance.

Bishop Sankey Chasing Husky History

Through five games of the 2013 season, Washington running back Bishop Sankey is putting together one of the best performances ever by a rusher for the Huskies. On Saturday, Sankey rushed for 125 yards in a loss at Stanford, becoming the first running back to crack the century mark against the Cardinal this season and pushing his season total to 732 yards. That ranks second to Napoleon Kaufman (1994) for the most yards by a Washington running back through five weeks:

Player             Year  Yards   YPG
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Napoleon Kaufman   1994   924   184.8
BISHOP SANKEY      2013   732   146.4
Greg Lewis         1990   644   128.8
Chris Polk         2011   611   122.2
Napoleon Kaufman   1993   575   115.0
Joe Steele         1978   568   113.6
Hugh McElhenny     1950   557   111.4
Rashaan Shehee     1997   541   108.2
Ron Rowland        1976   526   105.2
Corey Dillon       1996   503   100.6

The single-season record Sankey is chasing (1,695 yards, or 141.3 per game) actually belongs to the last player on this list — Corey Dillon, who rushed for nearly 1,200 yards over the final seven games of his single season in a Husky uniform. Here’s how Sankey’s current pace (purple) compares to Dillon (the top line) and Kaufman (the line highest on the life) and the other top-six single season rushing performances in Washington history.

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As long as Sankey keeps putting up big numbers — and he faces another defense this Saturday, Oregon, that hasn’t allowed a 100-yard rusher — we’ll update his pace on a weekly basis as he chases Husky history.