Sunday, November 4, 2012
3 Up, 3 Down: Washington 21, Cal 13
By Mason Kelley
Bishop Sankey ran for a career-high 189 yards on 29 carries against Cal.
A look at positives and negatives from Washington’s 21-13 win over Cal.
1. Austin Seferian-Jenkins: When Washington needed a big play on offense, quarterback Keith Price turned to the sophomore tight end. Seferian-Jenkins finished with eight catches for 152 yards -- a career high -- and a touchdown. With 48 receptions this season, he is now tied for the program’s single-season lead, matching Jerramy Stevens. Seferian-Jenkins’ only mistake was a fourth-quarter fumble, but it didn’t lead to any points for Cal.
2. Bishop Sankey: Sankey continues to prove he is capable of being Washington’s feature back in his sophomore season. He had the biggest game of his short career against the Golden Bears, piling up a career-high 189 yards on 29 carries. He finished with two touchdowns, and helped get the Huskies’ offense going early with 95 yards in the first quarter. He did fumble twice in the third quarter, but that didn’t do much to dampen his day.
3. Shaq Thompson: It was a homecoming of sorts for the freshman, and he made the most of his return to Northern California. The Sacramento native was all over the field, finishing with seven tackles, two for loss. He picked off a fourth-quarter pass that set up Sankey’s second touchdown run.
1. Turnovers: In a game that featured eight total turnovers, Washington fumbled five times, losing three. While Price threw for 235 yards and a touchdown, he continued to be plagued by turnovers, fumbling once and throwing an interception. At one point the two teams combined for a stretch the featured turnovers on four straight possessions. The only good news is the Huskies turned a pair of Cal turnovers into touchdowns.
Fourth down failure: Twice in the first half Washington found itself faced with fourth-and-1 in Cal territory. On the opening drive of the game, the Huskies needed to get a yard on the Golden Bears’ 27 -- they lost two. Then, in the second quarter, from Cal’s 34, the Huskies were hit with a 1-yard loss on fourth down.
Penalties and points: The Huskies found a way to pick up their first road win of the 2012 season. However, there are two things Washington will work to improve on this week. The first is penalties. The Huskies piled up 12 penalties for 108 yards. Washington also continues to struggle to put points on the board and has yet to score more than 21 against an FBS opponent.