Thursday, January 23, 2014
Top performances of 2013: Bishop Sankey
By Kevin Gemmell
We're looking at some of the top individual performances in the Pac-12 in 2013.
Up next: Bishop blasts beleaguered Bears
Who and against whom: Washington running back Bishop Sankey ran all over the Cal Bears in a 41-17 victory in Seattle.
The numbers: Sankey rushed for 241 yards on 27 carries, giving him a robust 8.9 yards per carry. He scored twice, on runs of 3 and 59 yards, and added one catch for 12 yards.
A closer look: The Huskies -- as many expected they would -- jumped out to a 4-0 start. Then Stanford hit. Then Oregon hit. Then Arizona State hit. Once ranked No. 15 in the country, Washington found itself at 4-3 and 0-3 against the top teams in the league. Things weren’t exactly peppy. Enter the reeling California Bears, who hadn’t beaten an FBS team yet (and wouldn’t all year). A week earlier, Sankey had his worst performance of the season against ASU. A week later he was having one of the league’s best running back performances of the 2013 season. He opened the scoring with the 3-yard touchdown run and added the 59-yard score in the closing minutes of the first half. He netted 188 yards in the first 30 minutes of the game. His 241 yards were a career high, and it was the highest rushing total in the Pac-12 this season and one of only five 200-yard rushing games (Sankey had three of them; Ka’Deem Carey had the other two). The Huskies went on to win five of their final six to finish 9-4.