Because we wrote a couple weeks ago about the pace Bishop Sankey needs to maintain in order to break Washington’s single-season rushing record, I figured the bye week is a good time to update some of those numbers.
The record, of course, was set by Corey Dillon in 1996, when he rushed for 1,695 yards in 12 games.
Through eight games this season, Sankey has rushed for 1,162 yards, good for second in the country. He’s third nationally with 145.3 yards per game.
Since he’s 533 yards short of Dillon’s mark, Sankey can break Dillon’s record in 12 games — the good, old-fashioned way, gosh darn it — if he averages about 133-134 yards over the final four games of the season. He should get a decent head start on that effort against Colorado, which ranks 104th in the nation in rush defense, allowing 207.4 yards per game.
To break the record in five games — not as good or old-fashioned, but momentous nonetheless — Sankey needs only to average 106.8 yards per game the rest of the season, assuming the Huskies play in a bowl game.
The guess here is that he’ll get plenty of opportunities. I think the Arizona State game was a “never again” moment of sorts for coach Steve Sarkisian, who made clear in the aftermath that he’d do everything within his power to make sure Sankey doesn’t finish another game with only 13 carries.
Twenty-seven carries and 241 yards later, Sankey had torched California, and hopped right back on a favorable pace to break the record.
He’s also on pace to break Dillon’s single-season rush attempt record of 301. Sankey leads the nation with 199 carries through eight games, so he needs 102 to tie that 301 mark. He can break it by averaging 26 carries per game over the final four weeks, or averaging 21 over the final four weeks plus a bowl game.
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