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OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME — Bishop Sankey ran wild on California’s defense, taking 27 carries for a career-high 241 yards. That’s the eighth-highest single-game output in UW history, and the third 200-plus yard game of Sankey’s career. He also became the fourth player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in two different seasons. And he picked these yards up in bunches, rushing for gains of 22, 32, 42 and 59 yards. And that was just in the first half. Jaydon Mickens deserves runner-up honors six catches for 180 yards and two touchdowns.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME — Hau’oli Kikaha had two sacks and six total tackles, leading a Huskies pass rush that sacked Cal quarterback Jared Goff five times.
PLAY OF THE GAME — There were a handful of “explosive” offensive plays for the Huskies, but Sankey’s 59-yard touchdown run late in the first half seemed to provide a decisive cushion heading into halftime. Sankey cut once, broke a tackle and was gone up the middle of the field.
STAT OF THE GAME — Washington racked up 642 yards of total offense, its second-highest total this season and third time this year going over 600. That’s never happened that many times in a season at UW before.
QUOTABLE — “I was kicking myself after last week’s game that he only had 13 carries, that we didn’t give him enough opportunities, because when he gets his opportunities he’s so consistent that when the defense is wrong, he makes them pay. That was obviously evident tonight.” — UW coach Steve Sarkisian on getting more carries for Sankey
WHAT IT MEANS — Honestly? Not a whole lot. California isn’t a good football team, and this kind of result is pretty much what everyone expected from the Huskies. In the short term, it means UW has officially ended its 3-game losing streak, though again, that was expected. It was nice for UW to get Sankey going again. Same can be said for Keith Price. But in the long term … well, let’s just say the Huskies need to do more than beat a beleaguered Cal team to prove that it’s taken the next step as a program. And losing Kasen Williams for the season (most likely) really puts a damper on any of the positives.
UP NEXT — A bye week, followed by a visit from Colorado on Nov. 9.
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