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A numbers night: 6-4, 1000, 7, 163.24, 34-15

CenturyLink Field. On a cold November night in Seattle -- Husky weather -- the Washington Huskies beat the Utah Utes, 34-15, behind the running of Bishop Sankey and the passing of Keith Price, to go 6-4 on the season and  become bowl eligible.

Playing their best game of the season against a BCS opponent, the Huskies put up some numbers that bear emphasis:

-- The durable Sankey, whose vision and instincts are unassailable, rushed for 162 yards on 36 carries becoming the tenth Husky to accumulate more than 1,000 yards rushing in a season (1,017).

-- Price's passing efficiency on the game (163.24) was a season's high for him against an FBS opponent. He threw for two touchdowns and ran for another. Interestingly, his 13-game cumulative PE from last season, 161.93, tracks with his rating on the night. His captivating, infectious smile is back again, and deservedly so.

-- TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins caught seven passes for 99 yards to pass Mark Bruener and become Washington's all-time leader for career receptions by a tight end -- that  is, as a sophomore.

-- The defense held Utah to 188 total yards. The Utes made just 1 of 13 third-down conversions and surrendered four sacks.

"This was a really cool win for our team," UW coach Steve Sarkisian was quoted as saying "We executed in all three phases (offense, defense, special teams) really well."

Measures of offensive line play (running game and pass protection):

-- The Huskies accumulated 437 yards of total offense, with 160 of them coming on the ground.

-- Quarterback Price had a fine performance throwing the ball, his passing efficiency rating being 163.24  on the game. He was sacked three times.

OL Grade: B-plus

See NCAA statistics.

(This article is in the process of being written)

The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

The Good:

-- Total offense (437 yards)

-- Sankey's 162 rushing yards and two touchdown runs.

-- Price's PE, two TD passes and TD run.

-- TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins caught seven passes for 99 yards.

-- The defensive and special teams' play.

-- Time of possession: 36:40.

-- 7 of 15 third-down conversions.

-- Utah quarterback Travis Wilson's PE (46.17) on the game.

The Bad:

-- John White's 46-yard touchdown run.

-- 8 penalties for 72 yards

The Ugly:

-- The OL allowed three sacks

Last year's top-25 opponents annihilated the Dawgs on the ground. See Table 1 below.

Table 1. Last year's rush defense against top-25 teams bodes ominously for the Dawgs in 2012. Emboldened rows are from this year's defense.

Team

Rank

UW Rushing Defense

Score

Nebraska

24

309

L 38-56

Stanford

7

446

L 21-65

Oregon

4

212

L 17-34

USC

6

252

L 17-40

Baylor

13

482

L 67-56

LSU

2 242 L 41-3

Stanford

8 65 W 17-13
Oregon 2 299 L 52-21
USC 11 204 L 24-14
OSU 7 109 W 20-17

Table 1. Keith Price's cumulative passing efficiency.

Team C A Y T I PE C A Y T I PE
SDSU 25 35 222 1 0 134.14 25 35 222 1 0 134.14
LSU 17 36 157 0 1 78.3 42 71 379 1 1 105.83
PSU 14 19 181 3 0 205.81 56 90 560 4 1 126.93
Stanford 19 37 177 1 1 95.05 75 127 737 5 2 117.64
Oregon 19 31 145 0 2 87.68 94 158 882 5 4 111.76
USC 20 28 198 2 2 140.11 114 186 1080 7 6 116.03
Arizona 29 52 256 1 2 95.78 143 238 1336 8 8 111.61
OSU 18 30 194 0 1 107.65 161 268 1530 8 9 111.16
Cal 16 29 237 1 1 128.30 177 297 1767 9 10 112.84
Utah 24 33 277 2 0 163.24 201 330 2044 11 10 117.88

 

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Utah 8 0 7 0 15
Washington 0 14 13 7 34


 

Time Team How Player (s) Utah UW
1st qtr          
5:27 Utah TD John White 46 yd run (Jake Murphy 2pt run) 8 0
2nd qtr          
11:28 UW TD Kasen Williams 8 yd pass from Keith Price (Travis Coons kick)  8 7
2:16 UW TD Keith Price 4 yd run (Coons kick) 8 14
3rd qtr
10:13 UW TD DiAndre Campbell 9 yd pass from Keith Price (Travis Coons kick)  8 21
 6:06 Utah TD John White 20 yd run (Coleman Petersen kick) 15 21
1:56 UW TD Bishop Sankey 2 yd run (2pt pass failed) 15 27
4th qtr          
3:58 UW TD Bishop Sankey 4 yd run (Travis Coons kick) 15 34

 

Statistics Utah UW
Total First Downs  9 22
  Rushing 5 9
  Passing 3 11
  Penalty 1 2
Total Net Yards 188 437
Net Yards Passing 55 277
Net Yards Rushing 133 160
Completions-att-int 8-23-1 24-33-0
Punts, yards, average 6-219; 36.5 5-170; 34.0
Sacks by (number, yards) 3-24 4-24
Kickoff Returns: number, yds, tds 6-69-0 3-46-0
Punt returns: number, yds, tds 4-6-0 1--2-0
Kickoff Yards 3-181 6-265
Net Yards per kickoff 45.0 32.7
Average yards per kickoff 60.3 44.2
Touchbacks (kickoffs)   0 0
Third-down conversions 1 of 13 7 of 15
Interception returns: no., yds, tds 0-0-0 1-13-0
Penalties, no., Yards 6-36 8-72
Fumbles; number/lost 5-1 2-1
Time of Possession  23:20 36:40

Passing cmp att yds tds int
Travis Wilson; 46.17  8 23 55  0 1
           
Washington          
Keith Price; 163.24 24 33 277 2 0
           
Utah Rushing No. yds tds long  
John White 22 142 2 46  

Reggie Dunn

1 4 0 4  
Travis Wilson 7 -13 0 10  
           
Washington Rushing No. yds tds long
Bishop Sankey 36 162 2 25  
Keith Price 6 -2 1 11  
           
Utah Pass Receiving No. yds tds long
Luke Matthews 4 25 0 13  
John White 2 -1 0 2  
D. Anderson 1 18 0 18  
Kenneth Scott 1 13 0 13  
           
Washington Pass Rec. No. yds tds long
Kasen Williams 7 73 1 20  
Austin Seferian-Jenkins 7 99 0 29  
Evan Hudson 1 6 0 6  
Jaydon Mickens 1 47 0 47  
Kendyl Taylor 1 7 0 7  
Cody Bruns 2 23 0 19  
Bishop Sankey 4 13 0 13  
DiAndre Campbell 1 9 1 9  
           
Punting        
Utah No. yds avg long IN20
Tom Hackett 3 112 37.3 44 3
Sean Sellwood 3 107 35.7 42 0
Washington          
   
Travis Coons 5 170 34.0 43 1
           
Attendance: 60,050          

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